Ellis Park House Set the Sustainable Standard for Altius Architecture Inc.

by , 04/23/10

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A geothermal loop installed under the basement slab of the house is connected to a sophisticated hydronic heating, cooling and domestic hot water system.  A combination of thermostatically controlled zones, in-floor heating, dual air-handlers, heat-recovery ventilator with intake filtration, humidity control and outdoor sensor system provide optimum indoor comfort.  Supplemental heating comes from traditional clean burning contra-flow masonry stoves and fueled with construction waste and felled trees from nearby.  The geothermal system only operates during six months out of a year and during the other months, air-conditioning is almost completely unnecessary.  A thermo-siphon night-time venting system offers natural cooling throughout the summer months.

Ellis Park House is an open-layout design filled with natural light.  Materials include cork, reclaimed stone, birch and marine plywood, clay brick copper and Douglas Fir.  There are two platforms with green-roofs.  The third floor inhabitable roof-deck enables homeowners to enjoy beautiful views of the city.

+  Altius Architecture Inc.


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  1. cmenigault April 27, 2010 at 6:44 am

    I completely agree with drejto. 4300 sq. f. for a single family is anything but sustainable, and should definitely not be shown as an example !

  2. drejto April 25, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    The practices and technology that this house showcases should be used as models for other green homes. However, everyone should keep in mind that this is a 4,300 sf house for a single family. I can’t speak to how large the Ellis family is, but the average American home is only 2,100 sf. The concept of a large “green” house like this, especially when population is predicted to rise 50% by 2050, should not be used as a model for ordinary homebuyers and builders.

    It’s great that this home is demonstrating the potential of these technologies and green techniques, but i believe that oversized homes like this should not be portrayed as model green homes

  3. eco-panda April 25, 2010 at 11:08 am

    i love house’s like these. they’re so beautiful and stylish and eco-frieandly. thats how i want my house to look like when i get my own place 😉

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