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Striking UR22 House Uses Half as Much Energy as a Standard Home in Texas

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by Tafline Laylin last modified Aug 16, 2011

Although Texas is a red state and Republicans aren’t always known for their love of renewable energy, the striking UR22 home by Vincent Snyder Architects completely flips this stereotype on its head. A combination of passive design techniques, the clever use of materials, and solar and geothermal energy harvesting ensures that the 4,000 square-foot single [...]




 

 

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Although Texas is a red state and Republicans aren’t always known for their love of renewable energy, the striking UR22 home by Vincent Snyder Architects completely flips this stereotype on its head. A combination of passive design techniques, the clever use of materials, and solar and geothermal energy harvesting ensures that the 4,000 square-foot single family residence eats up half as much energy per square foot as a conventional home does. The home is LEED Gold certified, and it also harvests all of its own rainwater, which is channeled into a collection tank for later reuse. It’s big, like everything else in Texas, but it’s also smart – read on for a look inside!

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