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1840s Victorian Home Receives a Zero-Energy Retrofit

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On January 3, 2011 @ 3:30 pm In Architecture,Environment,Green renovation,Zero energy | 1 Comment

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Christophers and his wife searched for two years to find the right house that they could renovate and transform [1] into a home capable of producing as much energy as it consumed. The 1840s Victorian brick house originally only had two bedrooms, but with a clever addition into the parking space beside the home the family was able to double its square footage while adding a sunny studio and meditation room. Strategically placed windows and mirrors draw light into the lower levels of the home.

The entire home was gutted to get rid of wiring, plumbing, inefficient windows, and an old roof. To improve the energy efficiency and thermal properties of the home, Christophers added insulation to the walls, tripled-paned windows, efficient lighting [2], a wood-burning stove for cold days, and a ventilation system that removes moisture. A solar photovoltaic system provides electricity and a solar hot water system provides domestic hot water. While the home is not off-grid [3], it does produce enough electricity to power the home, making it zero energy.

+ Zero Carbon House [4]

Via New York Times [5]

Images @Zero Carbon House

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URLs in this post:

[1] renovate and transform: http://inhabitat.com/book-review-restoring-a-house-in-the-city/restoring

[2] efficient lighting: http://www.inhabitat.com/category/green-lighting

[3] off-grid: http://inhabitat.com/tiny-off-grid-cabin-in-maine-is-completely-self-sustaining/

[4] + Zero Carbon House: http://zerocarbonhousebirmingham.org.uk/

[5] New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/16/greathomesanddestinations/16location.html

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