The idea of Zephyr began with a conversation about the connection of nature and architecture. A fundamental problem of land use and rural residences is that many people have the desire to live close to nature but in the process of building the nature is somehow lost. We borrow heavily from Randall Arendt and his conservation subdivision pattern. The buildings are designed and situated to protect the natural elements and to maximize the user's privacy and autonomy. The idea is like a village on an open space commons.
THE COMPONENTS: The foundations are minimal concrete piers with a utilities/storm cellar. The floor, walls, and roof are S.I.P. panels. The heating system is in floor hydronic radiant heat/heat exchanger/passive solar/electric or wood boiler. The annual heating energy for the zephyr 8 is equivalent to 1.5 chords of wood.