Gallery: Solar-Powered Berkeley Courtyard House is Cooled by Natural Br...

 
Inspired by the relationship between moving water and canyons, the Berkeley Courtyard House by WA Design is in and of itself a canyon-like formation. Three wings are oriented to create two different breezeways that encourage natural ventilation while providing view of the East Bay below. Native vegetation surrounding the house is enhanced by water features and courtyards that encourage interaction with the outdoors. The stunning zinc-clad home features overhanging roofs, large windows, and an expansive rooftop solar system that provides energy for the house and heats the pools.

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  1. cheesegypsy October 5, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    How many people live in this 5,000 s.f. “green house”? Two, of course. I know I personally need at least 2,000 s.f to do yoga, and then another 1,000 s.f. for my buddhist meditation room. I’m certainly glad they installed a geothermal heat pump, otherwise it wouldn’t seem very green.

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