THE POSSIBILITIES OF GOOD DESIGN
IT IS POSSIBLE to greatly reduce our dependence on fossil fuels without relying on solar panels, wind turbines, geothermal or other alternative energy technologies.
IT IS POSSIBLE to have a near-zero carbon footprint simply by utilizing good design.
IT IS POSSIBLE to create a good home that heats and cools itself passively, mostly with the warmth of the sun and the coolness of fresh air.
IT IS POSSIBLE to use a fraction of energy without sacrificing an ounce of comfort.
IT IS POSSIBLE to achieve the highest quality home while using minimal energy, space and materials.
IT IS POSSIBLE to do all of this and still have a home that possesses spectacular views, dramatic interiors, character and soul. It is possible to do all of this with just good architecture!
Note: We have, and will continue to incorporate alternative energy technologies such as solar, wind, geothermal, etc. where justified. We are simply pointing out that through the use of energy wise design these technologies may not be necessary.
CREATING AN ENERGY WISE HOME
LET IN THE SUN
Tap into the sun during the daytime for light & heat; drop the shades
at night to keep the warmth inside. It's an exact science of sun angles,
shade patterns and air flow. And it works. Even in the middle of the
warmest summer day, a house can be as comfortable as sitting under
a shady tree.
CREATE AN EFFICIENT BUILDING ENVELOPE
The most efficient and cost effective way to produce an energy
efficient home is to create an airtight and well insulated enclosure. We
have available many methods of building energy efficient walls such
as SIP's (Structural Insulated panels), ICF's (insulated concrete forms)
and super-insulated frame structures. Also available are a number of
"alternative" construction methods such as Straw Bale Construction,
Rammed Earth and earth sheltered design.
UTILIZE ENERGY EFFICIENT TECHNOLOGY
Fortunately we have increasing options available for selecting energy
efficient appliances, water heaters, lighting, heating systems, door &
window systems. An example: air-to-air energy exchangers can supply
your home with constant fresh air with hardly any energy loss. This
constant supply of fresh air gives an efficient home dramatically
healthier air quality than a conventional house.
MINIMIZE YOUR SPACE
Wasted space translates into wasted energy. Reduce your energy
consumption by minimizing the amount of heated and cooled space.
Attempt to eliminate under-used spaces in favor of highly efficient
and highly used spaces. Remember it's not how big your home is, but
how big it feels.