In January of 2010 sym-home entered the Who’s Next green home design competition hosted by FreeGreen.com. The competition was set up to design a modest size home for a retired couple wanting room for hobbies and for family to have the ability of extended stays.
The home is set up into 3 separate functions, living, sleeping and utility. The separation between living and sleeping allows the occupants more privacy and also allows the entire sleeping wing to be shut off from the rest of the home if it is so desired.
The home ideally sits on an East/West axis, taking advantage of the Southern sun exposure with its use of glazing and trombe wall on the south side to help even out the diurnal temperature swings. Exterior materials such as fiber cement; corrugated metal siding and standing seam metal roof have been selected for their aesthetic qualities, ease of maintenance and their durability. Exterior translucent sun shades on the South facade provide shading during the hot summer days, preventing sunlight from entering the home, while still allowing diffuse light to pass as well are reflect into the clerestory windows. The steep roof pitch on the South side provides an ideal place to install photovoltaic’s and a solar hot water system that will not only provide hot water for showers, but to heat the home as well.