Palm Coast, Fla
CONSTRUCTION VALUE: $2.25 million
CONTRACTOR: Stajo Construction
+ Won the Aurora Award from the SE Building Conference in the $2-3 million single family home green construction category, 2009
+ Certified Florida Green Home through the Florida Green Building Coalition
+ Satisfied energy star for homes criteria (i.e. a house that uses 15-20% less than a standard new home.)
This custom home is situated near mangroves and a protected beach with passive systems that help reduce the need for mechanical lighting and air conditioning. The main house features a grand entertaining hall, multiple offices, a library and wine cellar. A three-bedroom guest house, located adjacent to the swimming pool, is accessible and contains an active business office. Daylight modeling was used to determine the ideal position for the house as well as light and shade controls. Strategic positioning of the house on the site increases air flow and reduces humidity. Generous roof overhangs provide shade while high, operable windows create a stack effect that cools the air. Insulation helps maintain a comfortable indoor temperature by reducing solar gain. A concrete masonry unit (CMU) shell helps preserve the surrounding sand dunes while protecting the structures against hurricanes.