Green Built Ranch House

3D modeling allows us to explore new energy efficiency concepts coupled with renewable resources such as solar and wind. This ranch house concept utilizes a basement extended out to a lower level of ground where the basement becomes a green house. The green house is seen in the lower part of the wall, this view is the back of the property. The geo thermal mass of the basement allows the green house to remain cool in the summer and warm in the winter since the thermal mass of the ground provides some overnight heat which is higher than the exterior winter temperature. In the summer the geo thermal mass is cooler than the exterior and hence adsorbs the solar radiant energy entering the glass. Active solar heating panels are seen in the design as well as lots of solar PV panels and small wind turbines. In a close up of the 3D model you will also find a wood gas generator located inside the solar electrical house building in the back of the property, this building acts as a work shop and battery storage area.

The other thing about this design is how the land is laid out where in a space of about 300 x 300 feet we have maximized the use of the land, which includes a garden, and dog kennels. Other features likewise are located on the landscape to make the most of this small plot of land.

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You can view the 3D model at this link:

https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model/u291de45d-4215-49b0-a9e5-0966f19f2c3c/Solarized-Split-Level-Green-Built-Home

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