Designing a passive solar / net zero house in NC Mountains
My wife and I are designing a new mountain home in Banner Elk, NC. We are in the initial design stages with our architect and are confused by the numerous options to consider. Our house will be built in the Eagles Nest community which has a pacific northwest lodge feel. Our home site is at a 5,000 foot elevation on the mountain ridge with a northern view.
We are designing the house utilizing a passive solar design while still trying to maintain the integrity of the community we are living in. Some of the design elements we are hoping for include a super tight house, radiant heating, concrete floor on both floors, fiberglass windows and solar panels.
Because of the location in the mountains, the winters are fairly brutal and the house is subject to some strong winds.
My architect is very creative but not an expert in green building. I would like to know where the best place is to get advice on construction including insulation, HVAC options, HRV systems, exterior material choices……
We have just built a house and I am familiar with construction and the construction process. Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated!
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