Lakehouse Residence is a 4,500 square foot residence in Winter Haven, Florida. Completed in 2010 by Max Strang Architecture, it features various active and passive environmental design solutions. It is actually the first LEED-certified home in the city, registered with the USGBC.
The outer stucco shell of the house offers eight-foot overhangs which provide plenty of shade to keep the hot Florida sun away from the large windows. At the same time, the extensive use of glass ensures plenty of natural light, thus limiting the need for artificial lighting during the day. Cross-ventilation is another simple yet very effective solution that the construction boasts.
Making the best of the hot weather, the architects integrated a photovoltaic system into the project, as well as solarheaters for hot water. The green character of the one-story residence is completed with LED lighting and geothermal HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning).