The Natural Balance Home is in its last months of construction on San Juan Island in Washington. Owners Glen and Deb Bruels are building this retirement home with the assistance of Blue Sky Design, Ravenhill Construction, and a slew of sponsors. The showcase features a curvy SIPs roof from Insulspan and a dramatic green roof over most everything else.
Over the course of a year, estimates show that the roof will shed about 47,000 gallons of water for collection. A 19,500-gallon, underground cistern will gather this rainwater for all drinking, bathing, laundry, and toiletry needs.
Otherwise, the high-tech home will have advanced framing, increased wall insulation, an earth-sheltered foundation, triple glazed windows, an HRV, LED lighting, solar hot water heating, in-floor radiant, whole house ventilation, pervious pavers, a rain garden, salvaged wood flooring, ductless heating, water-efficient fixtures, and non-toxic paints and finishes.
The project team is pursuing five major green building certifications, including LEED Platinum, National Green Building Standard Emerald, 5-Star Built Green, Energy Star, and DOE Builder's Challenge.
Natural Balance Home will be open for tours upon completion in approximately November or sometime soon thereafter.
Rendering: Craig Thorpe.