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Passive solar home in Park City, Utah integrated in the hillside

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One of the most energy efficient homes in the country has been designed and built by architect Chris Price of Park City Design Build, located in Summit Park, Park City, Utah. Named the “Summit Haus”, this modern abode was designed in 2013 as an exploration of design and construction using high performance methods. The architect saw an increasing demand for sustainably design homes, so he wanted to create a home that could showcases aesthetically pleasing design combined with strict environmental standards. The design of the 2,300 square foot dwelling was intended to meet the criteria for the Passive House energy rating system, which ended up with a rating that is 90% more efficient than other homes in the region.

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The home can best be described as modern, cozy and highly livable, nestled into a hillside and taking full advantage of its surrounding environment. Natural light illuminates the spaces, helping to heat the interiors, while the 45 degree slope helps to insulate the well-coated residence. An additional energy efficient feature is the Zola triple-pane, tilt-and-turn Thermo uPVC windows, 16 inch thick walls and a roof with an R-value of 91 (just to put this into perspective, most homes average somewhere in the 30s). The home also takes advantage of its views, ranging from the surrounding wooded site all the way to the Unitas Mountains.

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What We Love: How the dwellings is beautifully integrated into it’s site and takes full advantage of its surrounding environment, providing environmentally sustainable features that are so tastefully incorporated that the result is fabulous to say the least! What do you think of this sustainably designed home? Any part of the design you would do differently?

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Photos: CityHome Collective

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