green design in Marin, Sonoma and beyond

South Lake Tahoe, California / Stateline, Nevada

Alpine climate

Carson River watershed

Off-Grid-Alpine-Home

 

Letter-Delightfully connected to the land and the sky of the northern Sierra Nevada Range, this is a home designed in the classic alpine tradition.

At 7,000 feet elevation, this design exemplifies active high country mountain living. Carefully placed windows all around provide abundant balanced natural daylight They are fine tuned for spectacular views and passive solar tempering.

Spacious efficient layouts provide for family activities and include a flexible great room, special crafts room, a cozy window seat alcove area as well as large workshops. Crucial for this climate is the large airlock entry vestibule which also has lots of natural daylight. A generous covered south facing porch can be used year round and is in the tradition of the great mountain resorts of the West.

Fine wood crafting is included throughout – from the Douglas Fir log posts that define the look and feel of south exterior to the western red cedar siding to the interior wood trim work.

Resilient design features are integral to the design for long term structure life and ease of long term adaptations. Especially important for longevity and moisture control are the deep overhangs and ventilated rainscreens. The simple long span roof and floor truss systems provide maximum flexibility for future changes without the need to change the high performance building enclosure.

High performance building enclosure
Advanced Framing systems
Sprayed and blown-in cellulose insulation
Advanced air infiltration control & testing by top specialty contractor
Triple glazed clad wood windows
Blower Door tested to 1.7 ACH at 50Pa
Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV) system by Zehnder
Freestanding photovoltaics arrays (for all electricity)
On-site battery storage
Sized for electric vehicles
Multiple heating options for resiliency
Soapstone woodstove Bari 8171, EPA certified
gas fired high efficiency fireplaces
radiant panels from gas fired hot water system
Standing seam metal roof ( with planned rain water collection)

Credits
Dave’s Role: Architect
Structural: FNW Engineers, RICK FITZGERALD, PROJECT ENGINEER
CONTRACTOR: SIERRA SUSTAINABLE BUILDERS
Energy Contractor for building enclosure: Balance Point home performance
Mechanical Engineering: BY OWNER
Photovoltaics ENGINEERING: BY OWNER
Interior Finishes Coordination: BY OWNER
Photo: Dave Deppen

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