Passive Solar Design in Toronto

Passive Solar Design in Toronto

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Cambria Bold
Jul 28, 2009

When Toronto-based architect Paul Raff was designing this home for a family of four, he knew he needed to find a way to bring the warmth and light of Arizona — from which the family had just moved — into the new construction. The result is a modern residence that gets plenty of sunshine which, in addition to being clean and lovely, hits a solid masonry wall enveloped in slate within the home...

The thermal mass from that wall, along with the additional warmth coming from polished concrete floors with radiant in-floor heating, help to moderate temperatures.

The exterior of the home is constructed of Structural Insulated Panels, while the interior is made of wood-stud partitions. Automated shades and passive ventilation, plus an abundance of older deciduous trees, cool the house and outdoor areas during the warm summer months. Bamboo flooring and bamboo-veneer millwork complete the natural aesthetic.

Maybe it's because the family hadn't moved in yet, but we'd love to see a little more "lived in" feel. Other than that, we love the design.

See more pictures at GreenSource. See more of Paul Raff Studio here.

Images: Ben Rahn/A Frame for GreenSource

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