Property Spotlight – Green GOOD Design Winner 2011

green house

They mean green

Here’s how the Krones home embraces green design principles:

Optimizing use of the sun: Scott designed the home to incorporate passive and active solar strategies. Two courtyards are edged in Moduline sliding glass doors and floor-to-ceiling windows. They face south and west to capture light and heat, supplementing12 photovoltaic panels on the gabled garage roof that provide power to the house.

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Improving indoor air quality: Geothermal heating and cooling and an electronic air filter that removes allergens and pollutants provides economical environmental control; the garage is 37 feet away from the house to eliminate exhaust fumes; and the Krones used low-VOC materials throughout the house.

Using the land responsibly: “We choose a compact corner lot by East Wilmette standards, which is close to public transportation, schools, services and the beach,” says Scott. Scott maximized the home’s footprint with vaulted ceilings that drop to five feet on the edges of the second floor and soar to 23 feet in the center. “Village zoning doesn’t count any space lower than seven feet, so we effectively increased the size of the house by 20 percent,” he estimates. He also optimized the site by setting the long side of the house’s T-shape facing the house next door, fenestrating it with clerestory windows for privacy.

Creating a high-performance and moisture-resistant house: The house is built with engineered lumber, steel, common brick and fiber cement board, and the roof is standing seam aluminum — all materials that contribute to the strength, water resistance and reflectivity of the house. Coupled with high-density foam insulation and the heating and cooling system, “the house costs us very little in monthly expenses and is easy to maintain,” says Scott.

Wisely using the Earth’s natural resources: “We’ve very careful about what we bring into the house and how much we own,” says Sharon. “We’ve chosen our furnishings very carefully to last for a lifetime.”

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