Green House in Georgia
by Lisa Ashmore
In the American South, a region that tends to laud its heritage, modern can be a hard sell. A residential client often hears neighborhood fears that a new modern dwelling will look "chilly" and won't fit in.
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RainShine House by architect Robert M. Cain answers those concerns. Built near downtown Decatur, Georgia, part of metro Atlanta, the LEED Platinum-certified home is bright, welcoming, treads lightly on its site, and respects its neighbors.
The house received 108 credits out of a possible 130 in the LEED for Homes pilot program, including all nine possible credits for innovation and design. The 2,800-square-foot (260-square-meter) dwelling is projected to consume just 43 percent of the energy used by a comparable home built to the standards of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), and has been Energy Star-certified.
Beautiful, Comfortable, Sustainable
One of the clients' directives was to provide bountiful, yearlong streaming sunlight. Generous glazing throughout the house — including a clerestory that follows the rake of the butterfly roof — delivers this. The motor-operated clerestory windows work in concert with the home's three-zone heating and cooling system, which draws on new geothermal wells.
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