The Sustainable Design Center

Bio-regionally Appropriate Architecture Collaboration and Planning for a Cleaner, Healthier Planet

Schultz Habitable Barn

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Firm: Benjamin C. Obregon Architect

Project Status: Completed in early 2005

Project Description: 2370 s.f. new home. The home design is based on a Gambrel roofed barn. The building was located for passive solar heating, cooling and natural ventilation. In addition, the project utilizes a structurally insulated panel wall system, a metal roof with radiant barrier decking, R-30 batt insulation, a full length covered porch on the south and minimal openings on the west to reduce energy usage and increase livable area. Additional features include: Flow through ventilation in each room, Metal clad wood double hung, double pane windows with a low-e film, Pre-engineered floor and roof trusses, Stained concrete first floor, Bamboo second floor, and composite decking on the balcony, Low V.O.C. finishes and High efficiency HVAC system with metal ductwork inside the thermal envelope.

Preliminary calculations indicate this home should be reach a level 4 on the City of Austin Green Builder Rating System.