Here’s the north facade of the house. Window sizes are well proportioned to the volume of the interior spaces so that there is plenty of light, view and solar gain, and minimal heat loss during the night. A simple extension of the 30 degree roof pitch is all that is needed to shade the glass from the high angle summer sun. Roof orientation and pitch is ideally suited for the solar panel array which will power this off-grid family home.
We have used a long and narrow building footprint so that there is maximum solar exposure to the north facing windows. Winter sun reaches right back to the rear of the home, charging the slab with free heat energy. The mezzanine style bedrooms look down on all the action.