Geometry lesson: this house is solar-effective.
Architect Michael Rubenstein left three sides of the cube as vertical planes but cut into the east side to create the first-floor entry and an upstairs balcony.
To open the south wall, he used double-glazed sliding-glass doors; they let sunlight penetrate deep into the two-story living and dining rooms. Inside, tile floors absorb heat by day and release it at night. He chose standard-size doors because they cost less than custom, fixed-glass windows and can be opened to vent excess indoor heat. On the shady north side, he used only a few small windows.
At 45[deg.], one wall of the wedged-shaped garage provides a near-ideal angle for a dozen solar panels. They collect energy for a system that heats the house, the water supply, and a rooftop hot tub.
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|Date:||Jun 1, 1984|
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