Sustainable landscaping features: Drought-tolerant plants and low-mow fescue turf grass installed; rain gardens (4); terracing created with locally sourced granite boulders for passive solar access to lower level
Posted by Alan Naditz | April 23, 2018
To say the aptly named Ohm Sweet Ohm saves energy is an understatement. The 2,400-square-foot single-family home in Roseville, Minn., has a HERS Index score of -49. The monthly energy savings alone could power up a 1,200-square-foot house. And, half of that energy goes toward charging two electric cars.
According to Marc Sloot, senior associate for SALA Architects in Minneapolis, that kind of energy efficiency is exactly what owners Mark and Kate Hanson were looking for. “They very much wanted to do something that would lessen their environmental footprint, and that they could show people and hopefully inspire others to do something green on their own,” Sloot says. “Like many people, they equated energy efficiency with being green—because energy efficiency is a big part of our environmental footprint.
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