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Deepstone, Contemporary Low Energy Home by Simon Winstanely Architects

November 07, 2013 By: archinhome Category: contemporary house design, Green Home Design

The house is located on a spectacular site overlooking the Solway Firth. The site is a steeply sloping, former quarry in a National Scenic Area. Designed by Simon Winstanely Architects.The house has been future proofed with the following low energy features;

1. The external walls, floor and roof are insulated to a high standard and air infiltration is minimized.
2. Triple glazed windows with warm edge spacer bars, thermally broken frames and inert gas filled to achieve a whole window u-value of 0.7W/m2K.
3. Heat pump using a borehole as the ground source for the underfloor heating and hot water system with a closed combustion wood-burning stove as back up.
4. Micro generation of renewable electricity using roof mounted Photovoltaic Panels.
5. Whole house heat recovery ventilation system.


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Cliff House by Altius Architecture – Amazing Cottage With Spectacular Nature View

June 07, 2011 By: archinhome Category: contemporary house design, lake house design

Cliff House by Altius Architecture – Amazing Cottage With Spectacular Nature View. This Cliff House is located in Muskoka Lakes, Ontario. Designed by Altius Architecture, this amazing cottage with beautiful view of lake and natural surroundings. With 3,200 sf, this house has sustainability features, such as :

* Program and Spatial Optimization
* Integration with the ‘Natural Assets’ of Site and Terrain
* Site Specific View and Vista Optimization
* Passive Solar Heating (Thermal Storage Mass)
* Natural Ventilation and Passive Cooling
* Natural Daylighting
* High Performance Envelope Design
* Renewable and/or Recyclable Materials and Finishes
* Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and Non-toxic Materials and Finishes
* Advanced Wood Heating Systems (ie. Contraflow Masonry Heaters)
* Radiant Heating
* Heat Recovery Ventilation
* Solar Hot Water Systems (Domestic and In Floor Radiant Heating)
* Solar Electric (photovoltaic or PV systems)
* Wastewater Heat Recovery
* Low Energy Lighting & Appliances (LED, CFL lighting and Energy Star appliances)
* Water Conserving Appliances & Fixtures (low flow/ dual flush toilets)
* Green Roof Systems

Designed for an off-grid property, this cottage will feature a hybrid wood/solar radiant heating system with propane backup. Evacuated tube solar arrays will fill mass store tanks that feed a hydronic radiant floor system. This system will supplement a passive gain and solar mass strategy. Summer cooling is through solar shading and passive stack effect ventilation. A series of photovoltaic panels provides the buildings on the property with electricity. Large overhangs control the solar gain while green roofs mediate temperatures and control runoff.

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