Plus-Energy Homes

 

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Roxbury E+ Townhouses. All photos: Inhabitat.com

We love finding new and innovative solutions to live more sustainably. In this case, imagine living in a home that not only produces enough energy (from renewable sources of course) to sustain its own energy consumption but also produces surplus energy.  These are known as plus-energy homes and they are not only energy efficient, but also eye appealing and becoming more affordable. Here is a list of eight homes that pioneer in sustainability (the three I have listed are my top favorites):

1. ZEB pilot House by Snøhetta in Norway

Dramatically tilted toward the southeast, Snøhetta’s ZEB Pilot House is a plus-energy family house that produces enough surplus energy to power an electric car year-round. Located in Larvik, Norway, the 200-square-meter home serves as a demonstration project to facilitate learning and is powered by rooftop solar energy and geothermal energy.

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1. ZEB pilot House

2. Cannon Beach Residence by Nathan Good Architects

Nathan Good Architects’ plus-energy Cannon Beach Residence offers more than just surplus renewable energy—the green-roofed home also boasts a spectacular view of the ocean. Situated on Cannon Beach, Oregon, the three-bedroom home generates its own energy using a combination of photovoltaics, solar hot water heaters, geothermal energy, energy heat recovery ventilators, and a high-efficiency heat pump.

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2. Cannon Beach Residence

3. Home for Life by AART Architects

The light-filled Home For Life dwelling is a striking contemporary home completed as one of eight experimental Active Houses financed by FKR Holding. The 2,045-square-foot two-bedroom house is filled with natural light and strategically placed to take in 50% of its winter heating from passive solar means. The ultra-efficient home includes a photovoltaic system, solar hot water system, heat pump, energy optimized windows, and an automatic natural ventilation system.

 

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3. Home for Life

See more homes here.

 

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