All images by Naomi Beal via Kaplan Thompson Architects
Perhaps I should just rename these design posts the "Jetson of the Day" since I am getting so many from Preston at Jetson Green. Back in September he introduced us to the Bright Built Barn; Now Naomi Beal's latest pictures of it almost completed are up and it looks great. The designers are very proud of the "light skirt" around the building; I think it makes it look pimped out like a tuner Honda. However they serve a purpose:
The barn glows GREEN when it is producing more energy than it consumes; YELLOW indicates a borderline condition; RED means that energy usage is current higher than required to meet our yearly NET ENERGY goal. These colors are indicators of real-time energy usage, and will soon be visible on our website.
-Talk about airing your linens in public.
Kaplan Thompson did very good renderings, and it is remarkable how the finished building is almost indistinguishable.
The interior is elegant, restrained, looking very Japanese; the closet doors look like Shoji screens.
since it can be almost entirely prefabricated off-site, BrightBuilts will be replicated and proliferated all over the country. So let's expect to see more of these in various places.
I certainly hope so. Congratulations to Bensonwood Homes, Kaplan Thompson Architects, Gibson Design Build and a very lucky client. More at Bright Built Barn via Jetson Green
More on Bensonwood and Bright Built Barn in TreeHugger:
Bright Built Barn is Net-Zero Energy
The Wired Home Goes Green: First Pix of Loblolly House
The Open Prototype
What Makes a Building Green? Kieran Timberlake Architects