People with disabilities constitute the largest minority group, at an estimated one in six people globally, but their needs often are overlooked. Businesses and other organizations that aim to be more inclusive might opt to create an environment where these people’s needs are understood. However, it is often difficult to recognize the best way to make changes.
This cohousing duplex in Washington State generates enough solar energy for two families, plus their electric cars.
BELLINGHAM-BASED design/build firm TC Legend Homes loves to build overachieving homes. The firm’s latest project features a 9.9-kW PV array, which not only produces enough solar electricity to meet its own energy needs, but will produce surplus power to charge two electric cars. Nicknamed the Power House, the home has earned a HERS Index score of -15. It is the first of its kind in Whatcom County.
Noopiming means “In the woods” in the local Native American language, and bringing that element into the home was a priority.
DAN VOS OF Vos Energy Concepts designed and built this home for John and Marsha Traxler Reeves. The property is special: 11 acres that open out to an old oxbow overflow from Michigan’s Muskegon River.
Vos used ICF construction for the walls (R-22) and I-joists for the roof (R-40), with glulam center beams and a frost-protected shallow foundation (R-22). The radiant heat floor is insulated with four inches of EPS underneath (R-22).