Karuna Residence is an ambitious sustainable style undertaking that was created to meet a combination of the world’s most demanding green building certifications. The project is the 1st MINERGIE-certified property in North America, earning the best rating of MINERGIE-P-ECO. Furthermore, it has attained Passive Residence PHIUS+, is pending LEED for Properties Platinum, and has reached Net Zero energy use by incorporating onsite solar panels. It is anticipated to be one of the number of homes in the globe certified by the 2 MINERGIE and Passive House Institute US.
Although obtaining the environmental sustainability requirements of the project, the home effectively maintains a rigorous kind that responds to the client’s programmatic requirements. Situated on the southern slope of a mountain overlooking the Willamette Valley’s wealthy wine area, the Karuna Home offers spectacular views of the hills and the town of Newberg, Oregon, under. 2 towers anchor the Karuna Residence to the earth, marking the area of double-height spaces and vertical circulation.
Wood and glass volumes seem to alternately cling to and slide previous the towers. These aspects incorporate the residing spaces, and are organized to maximize views to the south and east although graciously separating social spaces from the personal and guest spaces. Sited in an spot popular for its rust-colored soil, the home’s exterior palette is composed of materials and colours that reflect the tones of its surroundings. The interior finishes cast a warm minimalism saturated in organic light, permitting the owner’s eclectic ar2rk assortment to take center stage.
The super-insulated envelope is developed to be airtight. Solar heat acquire is controlled by means of the use of exterior operable blinds that shade triple-glazed wood windows. Heating, cooling, and sizzling water are supplied by an effective heat pump method, and a heat recovery ventilator supplies the spaces with a constant supply of fresh, preheated air. The home’s tight developing enclosure is expected to end result in the usage of 90% much less heating and cooling power than a typical house.
Karuna House’s consumer, a top proponent of intelligent climate policy and sound land use, is pursuing the project as a case research to shed light on the approaches that the top green creating certifications and specifications complement and/or conflict with one particular yet another.
Architect: Holst Architecture