The importance of building sustainably has never been more important than it is today. With numerous environmental design awards and certifications, Studio Hamlet Architects is committed to integrating green building principals on every project. We are passionate about making your project energy efficient, healthy and environmentally beautiful.
This award winning and widely published house was designed and built to present and demonstrate a better model for the future of housing. It has received significant praise from many of our nation’s leading green building and energy conservation professionals.
The house was designed to take advantage of its site, utilizing passive solar heating and passive cooling techniques. Constructed with advanced framing methods, tight construction detailing and bio-based foam insulation, this house uses minimal energy for heating. A heat recovery ventilator, least-toxic materials and large operable daylight windows make this a very healthy and comfortable home to live in.
The simplest and most effective way to reduce the environmental impact of building a house is to reduce its size. But a small house doesn’t have to feel small. Utilizing a series of design techniques we gave this compact home an expansive feeling. See our Small Homes section for more information on how to make a small house feel large.
The design character of these houses was driven by a desire to fit into the established historical character of the neighborhood. We studied the older island homes details and proportions to capture a timeless feeling.
But these houses are not your typical Bainbridge Island homes. The Rolling Bay Cottages are a pair of innovative energy efficient homes, built to some of the highest environmental standards. As demonstration homes, they meet 5-Star BuiltGreen, as well as the U.S. Department of Energy’s Builders Challenge.
Featuring double insulation (including blown-in sheep’s wool), an HRV and Mini- Split Ductless heat pump, home energy dashboard, photovoltaic panels, Energy Star lighting, rain gardens and cisterns – these homes have been built to use 80% less energy than standard homes.
Here are the Environmental Statistics for these two houses:
64 (Both Houses)
39 (Red Cottage with Solar)
|INFILTRATION:||3.13 ACH @ 50 pa|
|BuiltGreen Rating:||FIVE STAR (530 points)|
|Home Size:||2,024 sq. ft. (Red Cottage)
1,940 sq. ft. (Grey Cottage)
|Construction cost:||$195 per sq. ft. (not including land cost, solar or professional fees)|
|Solar:||3.12kw made in Washington (Silicone Energy) PV panel system
16 panels at 195 watts
30 vacuum tube Thermomax Solar Hot Water system