This project is one of our most publicized, having been written up in numerous magazine articles since even before its completion. And for good reason: it is one of only a handful of residences in the state of Pennsylvania to have received LEED Gold certification. It is the second residence we’ve built for this client, and on the second go-around, the client decided to go all out in the pursuit of green construction methods and materials.
With a perfect southern exposure and significant heat storage mass, the clients’ heating bills already have a head start. But the passive solar design is augmented by a geothermal system, photovoltaic solar panels, tight construction, and super insulation. Natural building materials such as natural lime plasters cut down on environmental burden. The timber frame is a hybrid, maximizing the visual impact and warmth of the timbers while reducing overall timber use to the structural minimum. Construction waste was scrupulously controlled and documented