Comfortable and Sustainable
This house was not constructed by Alfred, but rather by Summit Developers during the time when he was part of the company. The home's design was a collaborative inspiration which began several decades ago. The owners always knew they wanted a low-impact house that would be partially self-sustaining. They decided to incorporate several energy-efficient design features into their home: the south-facing facade absorbs solar heat in the winter. A strip of dark tiles beneath the windows on the floor of the living area helps collect and store solar energy.
Solar panels collect energy to heat the water in the summer, while a wood stove heats the water on cloudy days and in winter. The interior of the home is heated with radiant heat: hot water circulated beneath the floor, providing a very even heat. Heating costs stay very low.
The owners plan to incorporate new features into their home, focusing on food production. They plan to build a solar greenhouse using collected rain for irrigation and a household compost to fertilize the plants.