Hyper-Efficient House Completed In Virginia

Hyper-Efficient LEED Platinum In Virginia
Hyper-Efficient LEED Platinum In Virginia

This new home in Virginia was designed for optimal efficiency. It’s the first to receive LEED platinum in Virginia.

Optimal elements that set it apart: an integrated rain water collection system (the site design features zero site runoff for a one-inch rain event), integrated geothermal wells, and exceptional indoor air quality.

A Deck On A Hyper-Efficient House In Virginia

The home was built by Metro Green and designed by Kaplan Thompson Architects.

Found via Preston Koerner. Thanks Preston!

7 thoughts on “Hyper-Efficient House Completed In Virginia”

  1. First.. you have to start with logic. No sense cranking out the same old.. same old junk. Look, this is the 21st century. We have the smarts and the technology to make tremendous improvements over this stuff. We can save tons of loot & energy.. by designing using the sunlight & daylight for many hours of natural light within the home. It is easy enough to design atrium-courtyard style houses. They not only bring natural light deep into the home.. but are wonderfully safe & private sanctuaries for the occupants. Homes should be designed to coddle & protect the dwellers.. in comfort.. and be as free of maintenance as possible. Not to be rotting.. flitting away of ‘shingles’ or other parts. We needn’t have to cut down Sherwood forest in order to build anything.. ever again. Concrete.. glass & steel (or anodized aluminum) don’t rot away or aren’t termite food.

    The case study homes were an excellent place to amend the waste & cost associated with home ownership. Even today.. they provide a great starting point. We could improve the idea by using foamed concrete – it insulates.. is lightweight.. can be used for roofing also.

    Enough for now…

  2. why would you need a solar powered fan, hot air rises on its own, all you need is a ridge vent, or exhaust pipe at the ridge, and inlet slots under the roof in the soffits, or even side walls, but a sunroom is what i would suggest for passive simple solar and some thermal storage, google nick pine and solar closet!

  3. Dilettantedude

    Composting toilets? Solar PV? Solar water heating? Greywater treatment system? Wind power? Water source? Do they use drinking water to flush toilets? How much do geothermal wells cost? These things would be nice to know or see instead of just bubbly praise. Looks like another showy, expensive suburbanite home to me, even if very efficient. We can build super efficient fuel cell hybrid cars, too. Doesn’t mean it’s practical for most folks. It would be nice to know if this is a great example for anyone other than the financially relatively well-off.

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