A Zero Energy House

This house sits at the edge of woods on a site with spectacular views. It is being designed for a couple who are birders and whose passion is nature conservancy. The house is intended to serve as a model for Net Zero Energy and Net Zero Water residential construction, and is using Passive House strategies. It will be heated by geo-thermal energy and will receive electrical power from solar panels located on the roof. The roof will also be designed for rainwater harvesting, treated to potable water standards.

The two-bedroom house will use reclaimed lumber and other reclaimed materials. The house is designed to take advantage of the views, sunlight, wind, and daylight. A three-season room is included outside the thermal boundary to expand the useable space for holidays and parties. The owners will use controlled burning to eradicate invasive species and allow for the re-establishment of native plantings into the landscape.