Solar Decathlon House - The Ohio State University
OSU's enCORE house was designed to produce as much power as it uses, making it a net-zero house. enCORE is a 930 square foot 2-bedroom house design. It was built, designed and operated by Ohio State students for the 2011 US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Competition. To achieve net-zero status the house features many passive and active design strategies to minimize energy losses, while maximizing energy efficiency. To achieve net-zero the home includes: passive solar, solar hot air (with thermal storage), building massing and orientation, insulation, energy efficient appliances, window upgrades, natural ventilation, energy efficient lighting with smart controls, humidity control, and efficient heat pump heating and cooling.
New Albany, Ohio
Bill Resch downsized from his 3,700 square foot home to this 2,300 square foot home in 2012. The home features photovoltaic energy production, a geothermal HVAC system, passive and energy efficient design strategies, and on-site water retention. The result is a beautiful, spacious, sustainable home.