Sustainable, Affordable Housing
The house is made of simple materials and exploits their inherent beauty. It is hybridly fabricated, with the central elements prefabricated and assembled on site over a locally poured concrete base which literally and figuratively anchors the home its location. The lower level is a combination of exposed concrete floors, white GWB walls, a minimal kitchen cabinets, large glass windows and a few accents of bamboo wood for the short flight of stairs to the kitchen and the coat closet doors.
Low winter sunlight enters the large south windows of the great room, heating the concrete floor and moderating temperature changes throughout the day. The high summer sun is blocked by the large roof overhang, allowing the thermal mass to keep the house cool. A Photovoltaic (PV) panel system can be added to further reduce energy consumption.