Net Zero Energy House 02
New York

Building on the themes explored in Net Zero House 01, Net Zero House 02 looks at another high performance design concept for a single family home. The house has many of the same materials and mechanical systems as Net Zero House 01. It too seeks to provide an efficient floor plan but provide a continuous and flexible open space.

Here however, the entire house is wrapped around a passively conditioned wintergarden where the thermal conditions are less controlled than the house. The wintergarden acts both a thermal buffer for the spaces within the house and as an occasional extension of the living space. The intergarden is naturally ventilated in the summer and shoulder months, and is sealed up to retain passive solar gains in the winter, acting as a warm blanket for the house.

A detailed presentation of the project, including floor plans and systems information, can be found by clickinghere