Bioi Architects have set a whole new standard of energy-efficiency with this crisp new farmhouse in Warburg, Canada. Tasked with building a home that is attractive, efficient, modern and yet affordable, the designers employed a series of innovative construction techniques and emergent technologies that cost their client less than $100,000. Bioi sheathed a re-purposed barn in a black metal skin, and the whole program was oriented for maximum southern exposure. Heavily insulated and then fitted with the most efficient mechanical systems available, the home was awarded the highest EnerGuide rating possible.
The Warburg house was placed in a large clearing on the southern edge of the client’s farmstead to maximize southern exposure. The barn’s shell was draped in black corrugated sheet metal and then the eastern and western edges were punched out and clad with attractive cedar planks. These entryways provide plenty of natural light and also ensure passive cooling during warmer summer months. Skylights and windows bring additional light indoors.
All of the plumbing infrastructure was clustered together in a birch-clad cube. Radiant heating is embedded in the polished concrete floor and a super-efficient mechanical system slashes the home’s energy bill. These interventions combined with heavily-insulated outer walls make this home as energy efficient as they come. As the designer points out, the only thing that could make it more so is an on-site generation system that wasn’t included in the brief. Despite being simple, this striking singular volume is bound to lead the way to more efficient housing in chilly Canada.
Via Arch Daily