Off-Grid Cliff House
Cliff house on Lake Muskoka, Ontario, interpret, Äúoff grid, AU as a grand self sufficiency. Designed by Altius Architecture Inc., a home, Äôs good shape is integrated in the landscape, Äôs mass and float on top of it using cantilevers and glass floor to ceiling. Cliff’s house to play with all the elements, the AI rocks, water, fire, earth, wind and sun.
Architects were given a strong mandate for sustainability. Design achieving this goal by combining passive and active systems. Green roof runoff controls and mediates temperature foreground while connecting the building with views of the distant.
Optimized orientation of glazing and solar thermal mass in conjunction with the basic shapes of structural elements heating system.
Two pairs of contra-flow masonry heater core in a fireplace to take full advantage of the abundant biomass available on site for additional heat. Evacuated tube solar collector arrays using the sun, Äôs energy to heat water that circulates through the heat storage tank 10.
Local granite was brought in to act as a thermal mass for the two that bookend the fireplace living room. In summer, prevailing winds and heat vent stack, along with a green roof, keeping the building is naturally cooled. Sun played a key role of providing electricity thanks to solar electric systems, storage batteries, and power inverters.
There is also a system that uses solar heat to heat the evacuated tube well in the floor heating and solar thermal storage tank. There are a number of other sustainable features, but what’s really surprising is the home, Äôs a sense of relaxation in the ground.
source : inhabitat