(This house reported 32 resource efficient features.
David Arkix, AIA, ADPSR
Integration of the built and natural environments; Extensive experience with alternative construction systems, including straw-bale and rammed earth, renewable energy systems, greywater, and non-toxic and recycled materials.
This sustainable demonstration home is serving to open the eyes of neighbors, visitors, and local and state dignitaries to the higher quality of life that can be achieved with thoughtful solar and green building strategies. The home was carefully designed to take advantage of the rugged beauty of its site on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Working with the slope, orientation, and dramatic views, the design team structured the house around a courtyard oasis shaded by a photovoltaic array. While the garage and guest wing to the west blend into the landscape via sod roofs, the main form juts out like a boulder, its south-facing roof peeling up at the corner for passive solar gain and for a dramatic view of snow-capped Job's Peak to the southwest.