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OVERVIEW

OVERVIEW

Demonstration-Home
Marketable-Home

22%

25%

19%

13%

13%

9%

(This house reported 32 resource efficient features.
Percentages above indicate the distribution of features and total 100%)

GOALS

  • To meet functional needs while maximizing energy and resource efficiency.
Eastern Sierra Home; Photos by Edward Caldwell Photography

HOME DETAILS

  • Location: Gardnerville, Nevada
  • Climate Zone: Cold
  • Type of Project: New Construction
  • Home Completed: 2004
  • Setting: rural
  • Energy Source: - solar
  • Layout: Single-Family; 2 bedroom; Attached garage
  • Lot Size: 5 acre
  • Square Footage: 3445
  • Sales Market: Middle-income
  • Cost/Square Foot: $ 350.00

PRIMARY CONTACT

David Arkix, AIA, ADPSR
Arkin Tilt Architects
- Designer

Website:
Phone: (510) 528-9830
Email: info@arkintilt.com

Note
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.

HOME AWARDS/CERTIFICATIONS

  • Environmental Design & Construction Magazine Excellence in Design Awards   Winner in the "Single-Family Residential" category   2005
  • AIA/COTE Green Project Awards      2005
  • AIA Nevada Excellence in Design Award   Citation Award   2006
  • AIA Northern Nevada/Reno Magazine Design Award   Honor Award   2006
  • AIA/Sunset Magazine Western Home Award   Special Award for Earth-Friendly Materials   2006

SPECIAL INFORMATION

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.

The homeowner made a commitment to living independent from fossil fuels, while preserving and enhancing wildlife habitat in the vicinity of the home. Energy use is expected to net zero annually due to the efficient building envelope coupled with passive solar design and active solar systems.

Salvaged and Recycled Materials; Photo by Edward Caldwell Photography

Eastern Sierra Home on Hillside

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