Solar Courtyard Home

• HERS/Energy Star 5+

The project is a solar heated luxury home, remarkable for the integration of high efficiency technology, luxury amenities and traditional residential style, which is consistent with its surroundings. The energy efficiency is transparently integrated into the entire project.

The roof-mounted active solar panels provide domestic hot water as well as heated water for a radiant floor heating system at the basement and first floors. Passive solar heat is absorbed into the slate floor surface shutting off individual radiant zones when possible. Perfectly sized overhangs shade the interior from the summer’s sun.

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Overview of South Facing Facade
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This image shows the key elements of the solar home; correctly sized solar overhangs, solar thermal panels, and the right amount of south facing glazing. This view is from June 21st (note the solar shading of the south facing windows). Photo Credit: Kipnis Architecture + Planning
Family Room
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“Carpet matches cushions” — quantumgothic
Dining Room
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“Mesa marrom c cadeiras pretas” — carmennair
Winter Sun Angle in Dining Room
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This view shows the sun angle on the interior of the house on December 21st at noon. The line that is formed by the shadow on this date defines the radiant flooring zones; one zone runs from the patio doors (June 21st) to the line (March/September 21st). The other zone is from the March/September line to the bottom of the back wall (December 21st). Photo Credit: Kipnis Arc...More
“End of wall trim, taller baseboards.” — Caryn Cantrell
Dining Room Solar Angle - Mar/Sept 21st
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This view shows the sun angle on the interior of the house on March/September 21st at noon. The line that is formed by the shadow on this date defines the radiant flooring zones; one zone runs from the patio doors (June 21st) to the line (March/September 21st). The other zone is from the March/September line to the bottom of the back wall (December 21st). My birthday is Sept...More
“"This photo is shows how the interior appears on March 21 and Sept. 21 each year. Light from the sum” — risris
Exterior - Front
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“This minus the middle section - so that we can keep current entryway and skylights...” — lizardbop
Bedroom
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“Mergaiciu komoda” — laimasink
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