If you’ve followed my work for very long, you’ll realize that I basically stopped talking about “Green Building” about 3-4 years ago. The term “Green” has been too watered down to mean anything anymore. Instead, I talk about “High Performance Houses”, or “Comfort”. I find that my clients have had un-comfortable houses in the past and that talking about comfort really resonates. I also have lots of clients who want low energy bills. The lure of a Zero dollar electric bill is pretty awesome.
In this blog post, I thought I’d give you the extended version of this house’s story from the video. This is a house my company built for Forge Craft Architecture‘s founder Scott Ginder and his family. It’s a house that will generate enough electricity with it’s Solar Array to have a Zero sum electric bill for the course of the entire year. (some months the bill will be negative, some months they will have to pay, but overall if you sum the 12 months of the year it will be $0)
This is where it all starts. The Architect on this project did everything right from a design perspective. He didn’t make the house too big (it’s right at 2000 sq feet of conditioned space). Remember the advice of famous Architect Sarah Susanka author of the “Not So Big House” series. (if you are designing a house I highly recommend this series of books)
“Every room — indeed, every square foot . . . has been designed as everyday living space, … and the money saved by reducing the volume of space has been invested instead in tailoring to fit its owners to a T: on beautiful design and craftsmanship, on healthy and resource-efficient materials, and on better building practices.” -Sarah Susanka Continue ReadingRead More »