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The 5kw solar array offsets 50% of the home’s energy use. With plenty of space left on the south-facing side of the roof, zero energy is within reach should the homeowners choose to make the additional investment.
Not only is the European-made front door super-efficient with triple-pane glass and robust layers of weatherstripping, but the entry itself is designed for function, with a durable porcelain tile floor and a built-in bench.
The home’s great room includes the kitchen, dining, and living areas, where white-oak floors, cabinetry accents, and stairs are warmed by ample sunlight and provide a contrast to the light color palette of the other finishes.
The triple-pane European tilt/turn windows are energy efficient and provide the sleek, modern style the homeowners sought.
All materials are low VOC, including the cabinetry, sealants, and construction adhesives. The bath ventilation is integrated into the whole-house balanced system. From these moisture-producing rooms, the home’s stale air is exhausted.
The homeowners’ favorite detail is the outdoor shower.