Take a photo tour of the Zero Energy Casita, photos credit of Travis Laminack Photography.
A Skystream 45' tall wind turbine was installed onsite to work in tandem with the local utility company to provide the Casita's power. When there is no wind, the utility company supplies their electricity. But when it's windy outside, the Skystream pivots to catch the best wind and provides clean, quiet electricity.
Windows & Roof
Weathershield Zo-e-shield 5 windows supplied by DeFord's are energy efficient windows that protect furnishings from sun damage and reduce the need for exterior cleaning. The standing seam metal roof reflects 70% of the sun, thereby minimizing the amount of heat transferred into the home's envelope.
Reclaimed Barn Siding and Beams
Reclaimed wood siding and beams from deconstructed barns were installed as the Casita's exterior siding and for most interior wood beams. If you look closely, you can even see specks of red paint still on some pieces.
The installation of FischerSIPS structural insulated panels for the Casita's exterior walls and roof provides superior insulation, strength, minimizes sound and optimizes comfort. Advanced framing techniques were incorporated in all interior framing.
The Casita's placement on the site was based on passive solar considerations and positioned around existing trees, all the while capturing the best vistas of the nearby lake. Excess lumber and sheetrock is mulched on site, which will later be used in landscaping. Plastics, metals, cardboard, and more are recycled, resulting in 80% reduction in job site waste.
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Thanks to all that came out and took part in the Zero Energy Casita open home tours. We hope that you had fun, found inspiration and maybe even learned something along the way.