Solar-powered mountain home sustainable prototype for Aspen development

Solar-powered mountain home sustainable prototype for Aspen development

Photo courtesy of Aidlin Darling Design

Looking to add sustainable options to the scores of cookie-cutter homes in Aspen, Colorado’s booming real estate market, a real estate design firm has unveiled what it hopes will become a popular alternative.

San Francisco-based Aidlin Darling Design and a local developer have completed the solar-powered dwelling that serves as a new energy-efficient prototype for speculative real estate in the city, reports Inhabitat.

The home, dubbed the Aspen Residence, sits on the steep slopes of Red Mountain. The 9,618-square-foot home overlooks Aspen to the west and an undeveloped landscape to the south. 

The structure is oriented on a north-south axis to maximize views, preserve privacy and optimize passive solar strategies. Architects used local materials and long stone walls that anchor the space into the hillside and frame outdoor spaces that function as extensions of indoor living areas.

The home’s design hinges on sustainability. The Aspen Residence’s rooftop is integrated with a 12.6 kW solar photovoltaic array and green roof and solar hot water panels. The roof is also designed to slow and reduce stormwater runoff in conjunction with the on-site bio-retention pond. 

Closed cell spray foam insulation surrounds the home, which features glazed windows and doors that let in natural light and promote natural ventilation. Radiant heating is built into the floor slabs, and a heat recovery ventilation system recaptures heat from exhausted indoor air.


Topics: Building Green, Insulation, Radiant Heat, Solar Power, Windows


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