The house combines active and passive strategies to come as close as possible to net zero energy use. The house has been sited to take the maximum advantage of its solar orientation. Large windows have been placed on the west and south facades to maximize the view for most rooms. They are shaded with fins (Brise-soleil) calculated to admit the sun in the winter and keep it out in the summer. These fins have become the main aesthetic feature of the house. All of the exterior walls and roofs of the house have been heavily insulated and the windows have been triple-glazed.
Active strategies include the installation of a 10KW photovoltaic solar system that creates much of the electric power used in the house, and a geothermal system to provide the heating and air-conditioning.
Stephen B Jacobs Group/Andi Pepper Interior Design is a full service architectural and interior design firm founded in 1967. Over the last 50 years we have completed a wide range of commissions, including high-rise condominiums, hotels, office buildings and adaptive reuse and preservation projects. In many commissions, the firm has provided both architecture and interior design, enabling a seamless integration of both disciplines. The philosophy of the firm has always been to combine design excellence with the highest possible level of technical expertise.
2017 Palladio Award. The Palladio Awards, 2017; Award Of Excellence. SARA, National Chapter, 2016; Silver in Architecture and Sustainability. IDA Design Awards, 2016; Design Award of Special Recognition. Society of American Registered Architects, Pennsylvania Council, 2013; Design Award of Honor. Society of American Registered Architects, Pennsylvania Council, 2013; Platinum Circle Award. Hospitality Design Magazine, 2012;