This zero net-energy residence began a as study in site planning a home with exterior rooms in a typical residential subdivision. We mapped the movement of the sun, and daily meanderings of the clients, and the need for private outdoor space to develop a plan which acts in an environmentally sustainable and very site specific way. The “front door” rather than being on center, is located at a corner of the home, while still enfronting the street, and the estate side of the home opens up the the out-of-doors dramatically, creating a revivifying sanctuary. Highly energy-efficient to start, the home utilizes pV and Solar hot water as renewable sources to close the gap in achieving its zero net-energy profile.
Residential Architecture - Saucon Valley, PA
Sustainable Architectural Design for net-zero-energy home. This home was designed using super-insulated construction, high performance glazing, and ground-source heating and cooling, augmented with solar pV in order to make the home use a total of net-zero energy per year. William Dohe AIA LEED AP, Principal-in-Charge; Ryan G. Welty AIA, Architect; Eric Herbold, project team