architects, cleveland, washington, sustainability, residential designA home is a manmade object and must be constructed. The question that presents itself is “how should it be constructed”?

The integration of the manmade and natural worlds forms the foundation, the construction methodology decides the “how”. It is grounded in the core concepts of conservation, utilization, adaptability, and the needs of the user. These are addressed culturally, aesthetically, morally, physically, environmentally, and spiritually. Its modular approach is based on local influences and is independent of preconceived styles and imposed methods.

To be built in Cleveland, Ohio, its modularity is a product of conventional, or “off the self”, locally available materials and building techniques respecting its context and user. However, this housing model may easily be factory manufactured utilizing system components, new high tech materials, containerized, put on a boat, and erected in the hills of Chile by local inhabitants.

The homes development is the first evolutionary step in the creation of an affordable carbon neutral urban housing model. Its objective is to create an envelope that minimizes the amount of energy required to operate and maintain. This not only reduces the size requirements of conventional equipment, but the size requirements for alternate energy equipment. By design, its back is turned to the degrading natural phenomena that cause heat loss while opening itself to nature’s beneficial properties. Mechanically, its comprehensive approach with the selection and assembly of component parts creates an efficient envelope. Validation of the structures efficiency may be illustrated by the fact that the smallest available whole house gas fired heating plant is 33% larger than is required to heat this home. This validation did not include the loads of passive heating, passive cooling, tempering the return air, and tempering the cold water supply for the hot water distribution.

The exterior and interior finishes are aesthetically pleasing, renewable, recyclable, conventional, regional and durable. The inherent qualities of each minimize the need for additional interior material, protective coatings, and maintenance requirement.