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Ten Geothermal Wells Heat and Cool this Swooping Blue Ridge House in Virginia
Posted By Tafline Laylin On October 31, 2012 @ 9:14 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,gallery,Renewable Energy | No Comments
Very similar to a little prefab cottage from South Africa  that we recently featured, the Blue Ridge House in Albermarle County has a steel frame and glass cladding. This has multiple benefits, not least of which is the first class view that every single person in the house enjoys. It also permits plenty of daylight, while the sculptural overhanging roofs provide shade to protect against excess solar gain .
The home’s renewable energy system  is by far the most ecologically-sensible aspect of this private residence. No fewer than ten geothermal wells  provide all of the home’s heating and cooling, aside from a lovely fireplace situated in the downstairs family room, ensuring near-independence from the national grid. The use of stone, timber and other natural materials warms up the stout linear configuration, and did we mention the view?
Via Plataforma Arquitectura 
Photos © Elizabeth Felicella
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URLs in this post:
 Voorsanger Architects: http://www.voorsanger.com/
 this eco-luxe beauty: http://inhabitat.com/eco-luxe-spanish-farmhouse-lures-vacationers-with-mediterranean-views-and-on-site-farm/
 little prefab cottage from South Africa: http://inhabitat.com/gorgeous-prefab-westcliff-pavilion-home-boasts-a-floating-stone-wall-in-south-africa/
 excess solar gain: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_gain
 renewable energy system: http://inhabitat.com/energy/
 geothermal wells: http://inhabitat.com/som-unveils-plans-for-a-green-geothermal-district-in-beijing/
 Plataforma Arquitectura: http://www.plataformaarquitectura.cl/2012/10/31/casa-en-blue-ridge-voorsanger-architects/
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