Posted: 24 Aug 2012 09:09 AM PDT
A sustainable house was designed and built by BvW Inc Construction, Zero E Design, Tarleton Engineering, and Energy Consulting in Shokan. It is a passive house located in Taos Mountain area, New Mexico. With some sustainable features, it may achieve LEED Platinum certification.
This green architecture building has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a garage. It is surrounded by a serene, beautiful view of Taos Mountain to the east, Truchas Peaks to the South, and pasture land to the west. With this amazing environment, this house should be a good place for relaxing.
Passive design becomes the basic concept for this eco construction. It is completed by good insulation for walls and roofs. It has double glazing windows with third heat-shield layer in the middle. Energy efficient appliances are also used, such as LED, CFL, ERV for ventilation, rainwater harvesting system, etc. All of these will provide high sustainability.
This sustainable design building is also completed with sustainable energy source, a 2.8 kW photovoltaic array and five-panel drainback solar thermal system to heat 650 gallon water.
Some natural materials were used for finishing the interior, such as Kaolin Clay, Mica, flour, sand, straw. The exterior was finished by a cement plaster base coat covered by cementitious stucco.
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