Passive Design Strategies
Given the summer heat of the local climate, passive cooling strategies were a focus. One strategy is cross-ventilation, which cools the house with moving air. The house is oriented such that when the operable NanaWall system opens, it creates a 15-foot wide entry for the lake-generated wind to flood the home. Spread throughout the house are smaller, higher windows where the warmer air exits.
The architects designed shading techniques to block solar heat from raising the home’s temperature. Tree shelter provides shade to a portion of the home. Some windows in the house are shaded with overhangs or blinds. Architects specified the NanaWall glass wall system with low Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) glazing to prevent the oncoming sunlight from transmitting solar heat inside of the house.
Lastly, Danny Forster & Architecture used solar deflection techniques, directing solar heat away from the building. They wrapped 60% of the home in Ipe-clad rain screen and covered the roof in vegetation. The rain screen reflects sun away and roof vegetation absorbs remaining solar heat.