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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,Environment,Gallery,Renewable Energy | No Comments

Geothermal energy, renewable energy, Charlottesville, Virginia, Voorsanger Architects, Blue Ridge House, clean energy, glazing, passive design, green design, farm, Albermarle Country, sustainable design, eco-design

Very similar to a little prefab cottage from South Africa [1] 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 [2].

The home’s renewable energy system [3] is by far the most ecologically-sensible aspect of this private residence. No fewer than ten geothermal wells [4] 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?

+ Voorsanger Architects [5]

Via Plataforma Arquitectura [6]

Photos © Elizabeth Felicella

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URLs in this post:

[1] little prefab cottage from South Africa: http://inhabitat.com/gorgeous-prefab-westcliff-pavilion-home-boasts-a-floating-stone-wall-in-south-africa/

[2] excess solar gain: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_gain

[3] renewable energy system: http://inhabitat.com/energy/

[4] geothermal wells: http://inhabitat.com/som-unveils-plans-for-a-green-geothermal-district-in-beijing/

[5] + Voorsanger Architects: http://www.voorsanger.com/

[6] Plataforma Arquitectura: http://www.plataformaarquitectura.cl/2012/10/31/casa-en-blue-ridge-voorsanger-architects/

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