Kalmia House

This house is a passive solar design with many interesting architectural accents and energy efficient features. It sits nicely on a difficult lot in an established subdivision near Boone, NC.

  • 3,000 square feet (incl. garage)

Contractor: Headwaters Enterprises, Inc.
Completion: January 2004

Energy Efficiency:

  • Superior Wall Foundation
  • Structural Insulated Panel (SIP) walls and roof
  • Clearstory for day lighting and ventilation
  • Fluorescent lighting
  • Energy Star appliances
  • Tankless water heating
  • Zoned heating and cooling
  • ERV for air exchange
  • Space efficient design

Passive Solar Design:

  • South facing lot with good solar access
  • Clear glass in the Living Level south windows
  • Exterior Sunshades and Insulating Blinds for south glass
  • Solar mass concrete floor on the Living Level
  • Limited East, West, and North windows with Low-E glass
  • Natural day light throughout the house

Green Building:

  • Minimal disturbance of natural site features
  • Close to Town and Home Office
  • Maximum use of square footage
  • Materials selected for longevity and low maintenance incl. bamboo floors, steel stairs, cement fiber siding, etc.
  • Indoor air quality addressed with HEPA filtration, Central Vacuum System, and limited carpeting