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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,social design | No Comments
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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URLs in this post:
 eco-home: http://inhabitat.com/beautiful-green-roofed-brazilian-home-is-made-from-recycled-bricks/
 Designs Northwest Architects: http://designsnw.com/
 geothermal heating: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geothermal_heating
 passive solar design: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passive_solar_building_design
 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
 Contemporist: http://www.contemporist.com/2011/12/18/thomas-eco-house-by-designs-northwest-architects/
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