Green Project of Single Family Residence, OS House by Johnsen Schmaling ArchitectsAugust 15th, 2011 - Posted in Sustainable Home Design
The green project of OS House is a colorful 1,900 square foot single-family residence that located in an old downtown neighborhood in industrial Racine, Wisconsin. Designed by Johnsen Schmaling Architects for a young family demonstrates how a small, sustainable residence built with a moderate budget can become a confident, new-urban constituent and a harbinger of change, this One of the first LEED Platinum certified homes is a simple rectangular volume that mediates between the three-story mansion to the north and the mid-century ranch to the south with a series of outdoor rooms such as an entry court, elevated patios, and a main-level terrace. A one-car garage with bike storage also is integrated into the volume of the house.
The project utilizes a variety of sustainable materials including a ventilated rainscreens, high-efficiency glazing, low-flow water fixtures, and permeable surfaces to mitigate stormwater runoff. These materials, coupled with innovative technologies such as a free-standing PV array, photovoltaic roof laminates, and a deep-well geothermal heating/cooling system allows the residence to operate off the grid for most of the year (and even function as a net producer during peak energy harvest).