Tuesday, September 11, 2007

eco build: strawbale home in downtown location: boulder colorado

This beautiful home built in Boulder for the Adamson family
was a project undertaken by Architects RMI/ Ensar & Fuentes Design and Builder--Doug Parker of Big Horn Builders in Boulder Colorado. The passive solar design has highly insulative the walls are R42+, this means no furnace or air conditioner are needed in this house--it instead employs an earth tube and heat recovery ventilator. The home uses a 9.97 KWH solar system that provides 75% of the energy for the house, the remainder is purchased offsite wind energy. Using no natural gas in this home allows for a "low embodied energy" local & agricultural (solar powered). Materials used in construction were strawbale, reclaimed lumber, earthen plaster, cork flooring, sustainably harvested lumber & flooring and high fly ash concrete. More about natural materials, building supplies and zero impact building at Eco-Build.

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