Off-grid Cottage 2003

18th Century Reproduction design/build

This cottage is designed and built in the vernacular of a Pennsylvania Farmhouse is 100% solar. A 4.2kW solar electric system (concealed on the dormer roof), radiant floors heated with solar hot water, passive solar design applications for heating, cooling and daylighting, make this home, tight and quiet. Fresh air intakes, light tubes, partially earth sheltered and with a high-performance building shell (sips panels, double framed walls, closed cell soy and cellulose insulation, air sealing, etc.), interspersed with salvaged/antique materials and timber framing, add to the patina of the 1700's.  With its open and communicative interiors and good traffic patterns, this guest cottage stands firmly planted as a Net Energy Exporter. The sum is a Common Sense simplicity in a high-performance reproduction home.