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GREENville House, Greenville, N.C.

GREENville House, Greenville, N.C.

  • This North Carolina house takes a contemporary approach to integrating architecture and sustainability.

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    This North Carolina house takes a contemporary approach to integrating architecture and sustainability.

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    Todd Lanning

    Merit Award - Custom Home / 3,000 to 5,000 Square Feet
    GREENville House, Greenville, N.C.
    Tonic Design, Raleigh, N.C.

    This LEED Silver-rated North Carolina house takes a contemporary approach to integrating architecture and sustainability. Aluminum rooftop “trays” provide integrated mounting for photovoltaic and solar thermal panels, turning down at the roof's edge to shade the windows. The house's low-maintenance shell combines brick-, red cedar-, and zinc-clad forms in an interlocking composition.

  • Long, narrow wings pinwheel out from the house??s two-story core, maximizing the exposure of windows and rooftop solar panels.

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    Long, narrow wings pinwheel out from the house??s two-story core, maximizing the exposure of windows and rooftop solar panels.

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    Todd Lanning

    Long, narrow wings pinwheel out from the house's two-story core, maximizing the exposure of windows and rooftop solar panels.

  • Rooftop ??trays?? constitute both mounting brackets for solar panels and shading devices for windows.

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    Rooftop ??trays?? constitute both mounting brackets for solar panels and shading devices for windows.

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    Photos: Todd Lanning

    Rooftop "trays" constitute both mounting brackets for solar panels and shading devices for windows.

  • The house??s two-story open-plan core provides natural light and outdoor views in all four directions.

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    The house??s two-story open-plan core provides natural light and outdoor views in all four directions.

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    Todd Lanning

    The house's two-story open-plan core provides natural light and outdoor views in all four directions.

  • Clerestory glazing emphasizes the height of the living area.

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    Clerestory glazing emphasizes the height of the living area.

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    Todd Lanning

    Clerestory glazing emphasizes the height of the living area.

  • Views of the kitchen and dining areas.

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    Views of the kitchen and dining areas.

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    Todd Lanning

    Views of the kitchen and dining areas.

  • The first- and second-floor plans.

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    The first- and second-floor plans.

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    The first- and second-floor plans.

  • The house earned a LEED for Homes Silver rating and qualified under the Energy Star and EPA Indoor Air Plus programs.

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    The house earned a LEED for Homes Silver rating and qualified under the Energy Star and EPA Indoor Air Plus programs.

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    The house earned a LEED for Homes Silver rating and qualified under the Energy Star and EPA Indoor Air Plus programs.

The owners of this new LEED Silver-rated residence did their sustainability homework in advance. “They knew about solar and geothermal from the beginning,” says project designer Katherine Hogan. That head start allowed Hogan and principal designer Vincent Petrarca to weave green features into the fabric of the building, rather than tack them on as options after the fact.

The house’s two-story section places the children’s bedrooms at a peaceful remove from their parents’ but “creates a lot of shade,” Petrarca notes. “So the building stretches away from itself, away from its shadow,” presenting a pinwheel-like shape to the sun. Aluminum rooftop “trays” provide integrated mounting for photovoltaic and solar thermal panels, turning down at the roof’s edge to shade the windows. The house’s low-maintenance shell combines brick-, red cedar-, and zinc-clad forms in an interlocking composition. Our jury cited the integration of energy efficiency and the use of daylight as an energy source and design element.


Entrant/Architect: Tonic Design, Raleigh, N.C.; Builder: Tonic Construction, Raleigh; Living space: 4,042 square feet; Site: 5.5 acres; Construction cost: $225 per square foot; Photographer: Todd Lanning.


Product details

Bathroom and kitchen cabinets: Xylem, www.xylemonline.com; Bathroom and kitchen fittings: Grohe, www.grohe.com; Bathroom and kitchen fixtures: Kohler, www.kohler.com; Cooktop and oven: Viking, www.vikingrange.com; Countertops: Caesarstone, www.ceasarstoneus.com; Dishwasher: Miele, www.mieleusa.com; Exterior siding: VM Zinc, www.vmzinc-us.com; Flooring: Select Forest Products, www.selectforest.com; Garage doors: Overhead Door, www.overheaddoor.com; Garbage disposer: InSinkErator, www.insinkerator.com; Hardware: Omnia, www.omniaindustries.com; Lighting fixtures: Artemide, www.artemide.us; Paints/stains/wall finishes: Sherwin-Williams, www.sherwin-williams.com; Refrigerator: Sub-Zero, www.subzero.com; Skylights/roof windows: Velux, www.velux.com