Fairy Tale Passive Home by Sun Plans
This Fairy Tale design is built in a high wind, coastal area on a lot that required an angled orientation to southeast and southwest so it has two solar sides. The large wrap-around porch starts with the entry on the northeast, becomes a screened porch on the eastern corner, and ends with either a sunroom or screened porch on the southeast side connected to the house with numerous French doors. A large porch was more desirable for them than a sunroom with mild coastal weather.
With the high mass of the ICF walls and floors, the winter heat is easily and quickly absorbed. This house is so fun – sort of like being in a fairy tale. with. the creative attention to color and detail. The natural cooling effect is amazing with the high thermal mass of the insulated concrete form (ICF) walls and floors, and the stack effect created with the central clerestory. Even in a hot, humid climate, air conditioning is needed relatively little.
Jan and David wanted the house to be as self-sufficient as possible in terms of operation. Their home also fits the concept of passive survivability (as coined by Alex Wilson).) In addition, it is constructed to FORTIFIED standards.
Floor plans and additional photos can be seen here.