Gallery: The North Beach Residence is a Low Impact, Green-Roofed Summer...

Designed for use in between May and October, the North Beach Residence on Orcas Island in Washington is all about easy summertime living. The home, designed by Heliotrope Architects features a green roof on top of the low and long structure and was built to minimize impact on the site. Low maintenance materials like steel, metal and glass keep extra work to a minimum and solar hot water and photovoltaics provide on-site energy for the home. And since the residence is only open for half of the year, the PV system generates enough power throughout the seasons to totally cancel out the summertime's energy usage.

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