Located in Cannon Beach, on the Oregon coast, the owners of this small home wanted to build a place "that is healthy to live in, using materials and systems with a dramatically reduced impact on the environment." Tucked away into a south-facing hillside, the home's primary energy source is the 5.9-kW photovoltaic (PV) array on the roof, while a combination of solar-thermal collector tubes and a ground-source heat-pump system heat both the living space and domestic hot water.
The passive solar design, good insulation, and high-thermal-mass materials keep the home comfortable even during extended power outages. It was also one of the first homes in the Pacific Northwest to use Durisol insulated concrete forms (ICFs), which are made of recycled wood chips and cement with mineral rockwool insulating cores
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