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Rustic GREENville House in North Carolina is Powered by Both Solar and Geothermal Energy
Posted By Tafline Laylin On October 19, 2012 @ 9:05 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,energy efficiency,Environment,Renewable Energy,Solar Power | No Comments
Tonic Design has been on the green beat from the start with their contemporary, environmentally friendly home designs. This is particularly true of the GREENville residence located in the North Carolina city with the same name. The home's striking program is defined by bars and panels, and it is powered by both solar and geothermal energy. It also features a slew of passive design techniques that further reduce its carbon footprint.
The GREENville house was carefully oriented on a site in North Carolina to maximize the amount of energy an array of photovoltaic panels  can collect. This system combined with geothermal HVAC system provides all of the home’s electrical and water heating requirements, providing the residents with long-term energy security.
Energy efficiency is still important, which is why Tonic installed shutters which control the amount of solar gain that reaches the interior while also allowing plenty of daylight . The central double height living space opens out to the surrounding landscape and upstairs balcony, as well as the interior dining and kitchen area. We’re especially enamored with the different colored facades, which break up any potential monotony, though Tonic is never guilty of that!
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Via Arch Daily 
Photos © Todd Lanning
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 photovoltaic panels: http://inhabitat.com/breaking-solar-power-breakthrough-could-render-solar-cells-obsolete/
 plenty of daylight: http://inhabitat.com/tag/daylight/
 + Tonic Design: http://www.tonic-design.com
 Arch Daily: http://www.archdaily.com/282443/greenville-house-tonic-design/
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