Tijeras, New Mexico
This 1600 square foot home serves as a weekend getaway for a retired couple. Construction is fireproof and fire-resistive: exterior soffits are cementitous board, vents are screened against embers and the site has been carefully thinned. Swales and check dams slow the surface flow; the disturbed areas were successfully revegated in one year. A well was impossible due to a layer of bedrock. Two underground cisterns hold 3400 gallons of rainwater, this provides both domestic and radiant floor water. Solar thermal and PV bring this home to effectively net-zero energy consumption.
This home participated in the USGBC NM 2012 GreenBuilt Tour.