Happy holidays from the Open Building Institute's Seed Eco-Home. This is what the finished product looks like after much hard work. This is our showcase model, and we will open it up for public tours next year.
First snow of the season - December 24, 2017.
View of the utility room.
Interior facing west. Stockings hang on the south CEB thermal mass wall. The wall provides passive heat from the greenhouse.
View to the East, with stairs to the second story on the North side of the building.
Large window doors open up the possibility of a modular house extension or a patio.
Second floor, with the off-grid PV energy system enclosure at center left.
Second story bedroom. Area behind curtains provides ample storage, as well as room for a washer and dryer.
Another view of the second story, looking East.
Design of the Seed Eco-Home has plenty of windows, creating an open and bright space.
The main entrance, bathroom, and kitchen areas. Hydronic heating below the floor makes for a warm and soothing floor. This keeps the house comfortable in freezing weather, up to the second story.
3.5 cords of wood - which is expected to last the winter season - is a lot of trees. This makes us think how the greenhouse and solar energy could take us down to zero firewood - outside of extreme weather days.
Merry Christmas and happy holidays for 2017, from the first prototype of the Seed Eco-Home.