Last weekend, I had the opportunity to tour this newly-built net-zero energy home in Park City, Utah. The Sungazing House, built by Tall Pines Construction and designed by Jean Yves Lacroix, is home to the O’Meara family of four and features impressive views of the surrounding area. Perhaps more impressive, however, is the fact that it’s pursuing Passive House, LEED Platinum, and NAHB Emerald certifications.
Sungazing House was designed and built to minimize the need for energy. It does this with site orientation, quad-pane Serious Windows, insulated 12″ walls and a 16″ ceiling, airtight construction, an HRV, Energy Star appliances, all LED lighting, a reflective roof, and thoughtful overhangs.
In fact, the ultra-efficient home is not a net user of electricity from the power grid. Moreover, according to the builder, Sungazing House doesn’t require gas for space or water heating because it’s ultra-efficient and relies on solar hot water panels and underground water storage tanks.
One side of the home has a thick concrete facade lined with phase change wax — the trombe wall — that absorbs heat during the day and releases it at night. This wall is certain to help with heating bills when the best snow on earth arrives in a few months.
The O’Meara’s home is in the desert, so water conservation is as much a priority as energy efficiency. Products used include dual-flush toilets, low-flow faucets and shower heads, and drip irrigation for native, drought-tolerant plantings.
Sungazing House puts aspiration into practice, incorporating passive solar design and pretty much every green building certification system on the market. The 3,800 square foot home has four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms. If you’re in the area, it’s one of nine homes on the Park City Showcase of Homes continuing the next two weekends.
Credits: Jetson Green, LLC.