Lancaster Net Zero HomeTraditional Exterior, Boston
Designed to the Passive House standard. Net positive energy producer. Solar electric and hot water. Salvage doors, flooring, and tile. Thermotech triple-glazed windows. Universal access. Rais sealed combustion wood stove. White pine timber-framed.
Photo Credit: Heather Burkham
What Houzz contributors are saying:
We can support and transfer building loads by pouring a reinforced concrete slab on grade, and protect it from frost and heaving by properly insulating it. If an alternate foundation can accomplish all that we need a foundation to do, then the question becomes, do we actually need the space a full basement provides? Of course, there are plenty of objections to the notion of getting rid of basements. But I argue that there are an equal number of solutions to these objections, and they can actually cost less than basement construction. Objections and SolutionsObjection: “I need the storage space.”We’re so accustomed to basements that we’re often loath to give them up simply out of tradition. But ask yourself whether basement storage is actually useful for storing the things you need to keep there. Would you store textiles there? Artwork? Family heirlooms? Books? Basements are cool, often damp spaces that mark the things we store there with a certain mustiness no matter how well the space is conditioned.Solution: Consider alternative storage areas such as attics, outbuildings and garages. Or design storage as part of the above-grade building envelope. Building up, when possible, is usually less expensive than digging in. These spaces are much easier to control, and much less expensive to build efficiently and to condition.