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The House That Ingenuity Built Heads to National Competition

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By Kathleen Lynn

The 920-square-foot, one-story house has an appealing Prairie feel, thanks to its wood siding, horizontal profile and deep overhanging roofs, which extend the living space onto two decks. The technology may be sophisticated, but the design is simple: two rectangular boxes that lock together to form an L. One is the “dry” wing, containing the living room and a bedroom/den. That wing is faced with red cedar.

The “wet wing,” which is covered in fiber-concrete panels, contains the kitchen, washer/dryer, bathroom and master bedroom, as well as a closet containing the heating, electrical and air conditioning systems. The idea was to bunch all the plumbing close together, to minimize the distance that water must travel.

“The most efficient plumbing will have the shortest route from the heater to the tap,” Moy said as he gave The Record a tour of the home before it was dismantled and shipped to California.

The appliances, of course, are all the most energy-efficient available.

The wet wing includes a green roof and green wall to provide insulation and soundproofing. The roof will have low-growing sedum plants; the greenery continues down a side wall, which will have cubbies to hold plants, and onto a flat garden. All this helps absorb rainwater runoff.

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