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Geothermally-Heated Thomas Eco House in Washington State is Also Wired for Solar
Posted By Tafline Laylin On January 2, 2012 @ 5:20 pm In Architecture,clean tech,Design,Innovation,Social Design | No Comments
The Thomas family in Washington State wanted an eco-home that would be as energy efficient and sustainable as possible, and that would require the barest amount of maintenance. That's exactly what Designs Northwest Architects gave them in this attractive four-storey home with a small footprint. Thanks to geothermal heating, thermal massing, cutting edge insulation technology and passive solar design, this project requires 44% less heat and 33% cooling than its competition. Unfortunately budget restraints kept the Thomases from purchasing solar panelling, but the house is wired for such a future investment. Albeit not the splashiest home, this daylit beauty gets major brownie points for its high sustainability standards.
Located on an 11 acre site in Stanwood, Washington with views of the iconic Mt. Rainier , this striking family home has achieved the ultimate in energy efficiency with high and low technology, and good old fashioned passive design. A geothermal pump that is also connected to a water boiler  keeps the home warm, while the heat is maintained with insulated concrete form walls.
The home’s southern-exposed windows capture the sun throughout the day, which heat is then slowly released in the evening. On very hot days, motorized solar shades mitigate excess solar gain . The home’s exterior property is only landscaped with indigenous plants and irrigated when possible by rainwater that is captured. We’re never in love with concrete given its high embodied footprint , but we are quite taken with this tall family home. We hope you are too!
Via Contemporist 
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 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2012/01/thomas-eco-house-northwest-architects-2.jpg
 iconic Mt. Rainier: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Rainier
 water boiler: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_water_boiler
 excess solar gain: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_gain
 embodied footprint: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_footprint
 + Northwest Designs Architects: http://designsnw.com/
 Contemporist: http://www.contemporist.com/2011/12/18/thomas-eco-house-by-designs-northwest-architects/
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