Every project should have a mission. When it comes to building a house, that mission may just be to provide a roof over your head. In my case I have somewhat more lofty goals. My "mission statement" is listed below in the green box.
As I develop my home plans, I expect the design to undergo many drastic direction changes as I grapple with a whole range of environmental, ecological, practical and financial considerations in an attempt to satisfy my mission. Since my home design will be constantly evolving, I've decided to show the entire evolution on this website, even if I end up discarding a concept along the way. I think with any design process, what you discard is just as important as what you keep.
My initial research covered several key elements of sustainable home design. I have grouped my findings into discrete concepts I've called Earth, Sun & Water. The thing I found most interesting was that each author seemed to have their particular "green" focus, and never really integrated their concepts with other authors concepts. My initial review follows similar lines in the Earth, Sun and Water pages, but my Hybrid page shown my own attempt to do some "System Engineering" on these individual concepts to form a more integrated system
We'll see if it works out, or whether I just confuse everyone.
Follow on to my Room Guide page to see what specific space needs I had to deal with.
This site is all about building a cool, energy efficient house, that makes maximum use of earth sheltered design, passive solar heating and cooling, geothermal exchange energy management, and right sizing of the house for it's designated use. The home's placement is on a south-facing hillside in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. This site describes the design process, the technologies used and the expected results. We also have a comprehensive Links Page for anyone who is also interested in designing a similar project.