Posted: 04 Sep 2012 09:01 AM PDT
This sustainable home was designed by Carver + Schicketanz for their client who want to create a house with little impact on their site, outside of Big Sur, California. It is completed with some sustainable features that make the house very eco friendly.
The architectural firm designed this green architecture building as an earth-bermed home. This house has three bedrooms. The house is tucked back into the hillside. A insulating green roof with 4 inches of soil planted with native grasses is added to create good mixing with the surroundings, and create a good insulation, especially for the living room.
This eco construction adopts solar passive design concept. To maximize the view, all utilities were buried underground, including 5,000 gallon water tank and propane tank. The home’s construction actually emerges out from under the earth. Floor-to-ceiling glasses are used in the bedrooms, great room and kitchen. The bathrooms, and other private areas are set to the back. Natural daylighting is really optimized, and sun shading is used to prevent over exposure of sun light. Thermal mass system is used to store heat. Operable windows provide natural ventilation.
With all of its features, this green architecture home building will provide good energy efficiency and good connection to the outdoor environment, supported by its outdoor living areas.
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