Sustainability in a home is becoming more and more important as people are becoming aware of the negative impact we’re having on our environment. Still, living in a sustainable home is also a good idea from a financial point of view, as independence from auxiliary energy sources can definitely lighten the monthly bills. This outstanding residence was built in 2010 in Winter Haven, Florida, USA, and it was designed by Max Strang Architecture. It offers 4,500 square feet of living space and features a single story.
It incorporates a fully equipped kitchen, a dining room, an office, a living room and four comfortable bedrooms. The part facing the lake flaunts a covered terrace and a swimming pool. Set to become Winter Haven’s first LEED-certified residence, its interior living spaces are nestled in their own wooden volumes that are protected by an outer stucco shell. The shell ensures large eight-foot overhangs that protect the home’s numerous glass walls from the hot rays of the Florida sun. Furthermore, passive environmental design features make sure that natural light floods all of the rooms during the day. Cross-ventilation is also a big plus, as it reduces the need for air conditioning systems. Active environmental design elements comprise solar water heaters, solar photovoltaic energy systems, LED lighting and geothermal HVAC.