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Earth Fold: Off-the-grid passive house in Upstate New York
Earth fold is an off-the-grid passive house in Upstate NY designed for a private client who was inspired by 70s Earthship Houses in Nevada. The American Green Movement started there, and the Earthship houses were the pioneering prototypes for the off-the-grid house revolution. The building area is 2800 sf, completely submerged in the back yet spacious and bright at the front, with expansive landscape views. There is a second-floor guest room tucked under the green roof which blends with the landscape through paths and walkways. Earth Fold is the future of single-family housing for the conscientious.
The shell is cast in concrete with a triangular steel framed deck supporting the green roof which houses the attic. There is a top terrace that opens onto the landscape along with two semi-buried terraces for the front bedrooms. The super-insulation in the thick back walls, an air-tight membrane, and triple-glazed windows enable passive house technology saluting the early pioneers of Earthship builders. Thank you, guys. It takes courage to invent.
Selim Vural, AIA
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