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Green Home Design of Syracuse’s R-House

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by esuryono last modified Mar 30, 2011

R-House is a green home design of Architecture Research Office, in collaboration with Della Valle Bernheimer, built by Home HeadQuaters. It is a 1,100 sq ft prototype house provided for Syracuse School of Architecture, which offers sustainability, affordability, and modern aspect. The green building is expected to be a passive building and also a LEED [...]




 

 

R-House is a green home design of Architecture Research Office, in collaboration with Della Valle Bernheimer, built by Home HeadQuaters. It is a 1,100 sq ft prototype house provided for Syracuse School of Architecture, which offers sustainability, affordability, and modern aspect. The green building is expected to be a passive building and also a LEED building. It wants to present  an affordable, innovative paradigm for minimal to net-zero energy consumption. It achieved  a 2011 AIA Housing Award.

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Eventhough the house is seen small, the green construction involves two-story tall space as the interior space. They are very cpzy, airy, and bright. The upstairs has two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a open loft that spills over to the first level. Some materials, such as concrete, wood floor boards, plywood panels, etc, provide warmth and integrity. Translucent polycarbonate panels are used to cover the east wall of the bedrooms to create boundary between the public and private space.

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The exterior of the green building construction is made very unique and striking. Corrugated aluminums are used to cover the roof and walls. This home also has special roof shape, as it has simple folded surface than typical gabled roof. The rear deck and front porch has translucent walls, casting an inviting glow after dark. The windows and skylights are placed to maximize the south natural lighting and views.

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The sustainable design is completed with the using of efficient recirculating heating system. It utilize the renewable energy, the solar heating energy, collected by the rooftop collector. Natural ventilation also becomes very important.The exterior is also well-insulated.

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This sustainable house design also can be adapted to meet the needs of the user. It is very flexible, such as the bedrooms can be expand into three or four, by extending the second floor space. It is also claimed as ultra-low energy home, as it can be said that the home only needs the equivalent energy of a hair dryer for heating. It is a good example of sustainable home design which also  affordable and can be a vital tool for strengthening the physical and social structure of the Westside neighborhood, to create a resilient community.

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