The home uses reclaimed and sensitively chosen products to blend harmoniously with the natural surroundings. The HERS 30 house gets to net zero through the wind power as a renewable energy source. Its siting, which takes advantage of a 50’ Oak and five 30’ Crepe Myrtles and the deep overhangs reduce solar heat gain. The house offers plenty of natural ventilation and daylighting, which also reduces energy loads.
To provide the requested century-old aesthetics, Ferrier integrated 85-year-old deconstructed barn siding, 100-year-old deconstructed tongue and groove wood subfloor from a chicken coop for interior wood floors, and 150-year-old timbers from a deconstructed timber frame barn.
While the reclaimed look of the house is attractive, it’s how it was put together that is important to the home’s performance. “We increased the size of the west side porch for better sun shading,” Ferrier notes. “We still have west windows but with a 12’ porch instead of a 6’ or 8’ to delay the sun from coming through the windows.”
“The number one rule in hot summer climates is to keep the sun out of the house,” Ferrier reminds. Equally important is to make the home super tight. “You can have great insulation, but if the house leaks, so what?”
Ferrier credits a good building-design team and the owner for this successful project: “The owners understood the investment [in sustainable features] and thought the return was worth it in terms of health and financial investment. They see that value is not best price per square foot.”