Eno River Net Zero House 

This super green residence for two world travelers was designed to give them roots in North Carolina.  Peter has lived all over, from Montana to Florida, and Tanya is from Siberia, Russia.  They wanted a sunny, happy residence that would lower their carbon footprint.  The house is designed to be net zero.  This house is a very solid, leak free home with super insulation and the best quality triple glazed passive house windows.  The exterior wall is a concrete sandwich panel with EPS insulation inside, providing a high R-value.


The house has an open library for Peter who is a big reader.  And a craft room for Tanya who is a sewing expert as well as an incredible baker and cook.


Due to environmental regulations, we can't build near the river.  However, we incorporated a spectacular two story screen porch that reaches out into the landscape to allow for views of the river in the winter when the leaves are gone.  This vital couple expects to spend the rest of their lives in this house, so we incorporated universal design features for aging in place, including a future home elevator so that they can enjoy the Eno River view for the rest of their lives.  

Peter recently tested out a nap on the upper porch in a rainstorm downpour and reports that the deep sheltering overhangs ensured that not a drop hit the interior of the porch.


We project that this house will be both an energy star home with a spectacular HERS rating and that we will also receive a National Green Builders high rating.  This house is being built by Kevin Murphy and Chris Kerscher of NewPhire Building.

Arielle C. Schechter, AIA  / T 919-933-1400 / F 919-933-0102 / E acsarchitect@icloud.com © 2013 by Arielle C. Schechter

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