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Beach House That Consumes Less Energy Than It Provides


Cannon Beach Residence is designed by Nathan Good Architect with sustainability in mind. It is located on the Oregon beach and provides more energy that it consumes. That is possible because of 5kWh rooftop photovoltaic system and 12-inch-thick concrete walls. There are also solar-thermal tubes that provide hot water and a ground-source heat pump that warms and cools the air. The house is L-shaped and wrapped around Sitka spruce that’s 38 inches in diameter. Recycled materials were used during construction and the house is designed to last multiply generations. It perfectly blends into the forested hillside thanks to its sedum-sprouting green roof. One side of the house has views of Haystack Rock while the other – views of the beach. A lot of windows provide the house with plenty of the natural light. [Nathan Good Architect]

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  1. mike Says:

    le sigh….i wish I were rich

  2. Katie Says:

    Absolutely gorgeous (:
    I love this post

  3. ES Says:

    Beautiful house, nice use of materials and technology. The article needs a little “scrubbing” for grammar mistakes, though.

  4. Grammar Nazi Says:

    Messed up the title there. =-)

  5. Rowan Watson Says:

    this is the nicest house i’ve seen in a long time. it’s so perfectly suited to my tastes, even right down to many of the artworks and knick-knacks. *big, wistful sigh* hang onto that one forever!

  6. Joseph Smith Says:

    How much does it cost?

  7. Sarah Jean Says:

    This home is beautiful, and while I agree it is a great feat to produce more energy than you consume, it should be noted that many, if not most homes that have pv panels do just that. Most electric companies pay YOU for your extra electricity when you produce more than your needs, which is common among the types of people who would utilize it in the first place. My only wish for this article is that it further explored the design and alternative green applications, since, judging by the green roof and natural materials, it has many other rarer sustainable aspects.

  8. Bill Salem Says:

    Nathan Good, the architect, definitely knows what he is doing. I weary of the usual super contemp, dry as dust luxe residential designs which look sublime but also like no humans could possibly live there or even would want to. This design brims with life and humanity. And being green, in Oregon, anyway, the government pays you, over time, for more than half the installation of solar panels. Big thumbs up.

  9. dwg Says:

    somebody’s going to bust his/her ass on those blond stairs.

    oh, and this place is clearly photoshopped.

  10. grier govorko Says:

    really great house. I loved what (at least to me) looked like the detail on the stairs, they look to me like they start at the bottom in a rustic way and they become more finished towards the top. I think:)

  11. Fred R. Wallace Says:

    very nice, not only sustainable, but livable

  12. Cindy Lee Bergersen Says:

    Beautiful design. The rounds, curves and interior woods give it, at least to my eye a kind of translated Hobbit Home quality…really charming. To me, this quality makes Modern much more livable…Thanks for the post

  13. tempurpedic Says:

    Great house. I would love to put solar panels on a house.

  14. sigh Says:

    shame that no one keys reality into their brain these days when designing buildings. Was concrete used in the construction process? were polluting vehicles used in the construction process? does the resident live within walking distance of their job and food source? Do the pV cells magically regenerate?
    Of course they don’t.
    I’m not nit picking, just fed up of the word sustainable… less unsustainable is what this is… and I applaud that, but don’t call it what it’s not.

  15. Logo Says:

    wow! I would love to live in a house like this!
    it’s awesome!

    *added to my stumbleupon favorites*

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