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ASAP HOUSE: House About Saving a Planet
Telling it like it is right from the start, the ASAP House is a House About Saving a Planet with a prefab design for zero-energy living. The cost-effective package includes geothermal heating and cooling, active and passive solar systems and generous square footage to bring modern, environmentally friendly modular living to the Northeast United States (prefab’s not just for SoCal anymore!).
Designed by architect Laszlo Kiss, ASAP House uses a 10 KW photovoltaic array to power the 2,520 s.f. structure. Sized to kick off 13,000 kWh annually as a grid-connected system the PV will generate more energy than needed on a New England site.
More than just a power plant, the ASAP House is highly insulated with low air infiltration and packed with low energy consumption systems, fixtures and appliances, including Energy Star rated products throughout. Heating and cooling is handled by a geo-exchange system that delivers five units of energy for every one unit of electricity used in operation. Extremely energy-wise, geothermal for heating, cooling and hot water can yield savings up to 70% over conventional HVAC. Geothermal is underutilized in the North East but is the most environmentally friendly way to heat and cool your home, according to the US DOE and EPA.
As a prefab, the ASAP House offers customers energy and time efficiency with better quality and less waste than traditional construction. The estimated factory build time for the ASAP House is two weeks arriving at the site 80% finished in the form of three prefabricated modules. The house is designed to set on a concrete foundation, typical of New England, with only final assembly and finish work left for on site. The full basement uses prefabricated walls, is insulated and can be finished at a later date.
Skylights throughout provide natural daylight while shaded decks invite climbing vegetation and help reduce solar gain in summer. In total, the ASAP House offers 4 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, 2 studies, living, dining, kitchen and great room. Accessories include the full basement and an outdoor pool, which can be heated with solar radiation.
A prototype is currently being developed and slated for assembly this year on a site in Sag Harbor, NY. Complete, the ASAP House’s price tag is expected to run between $250 – $265 per square foot. A LEED rating is also in the works.
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