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ROOFLight-colored Union Corrugating Advantage-Lok galvanized metal on the lower roof and white composition shingles from Atlas Roofing on the upper act as radiant barriers to keep the house cool even during scorching southern summers. Union Corrugating: 888.685.7663. www.unioncorrugating.com. Atlas Roofing: 800.478.0258. www.atlasroofing.com. WINDOWSDeep roof overhangs and low-E double-glazed aluminum-clad Lincoln Windows helped yield a 25% load reduction on the HVAC system, Hinson says. The Energy Star-rated windows have an average solar heat gain coefficient of 0.29 and an average U-factor of 0.36. 715.536.2461. www.lincolnwindows.com.SIDINGTo deflect heat and to mimic the look of nearby wood-sided barns and outbuildings, the architects speced white HardiePlank fiber-cement lap siding with the new HardieZone system that provides climate-specific performance attributes based on a projects location. For the stone accents, they chose Owens Cornings Cultured Stone, which contains 35% recycled pre-consumer waste and is certified to Greenguards Children & Schools standard. James Hardie: 888.542.7343. www.jameshardie.com. Owens Corning: 800.255.1727. www.culturedstone.com.

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  • Name: The Lusche Residence, Auburn, Ala.Size: 4,200 square feetConstruction Cost: $188 per square footCompleted: January 2009Certifications: Green EnergyKey, Energy StarHERS Rating: 61Architect: Hinson  Dagg Architects, AuburnBuilder: Stewart Construction Co., Auburn

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    Name: The Lusche Residence, Auburn, Ala.Size: 4,200 square feetConstruction Cost: $188 per square footCompleted: January 2009Certifications: Green EnergyKey, Energy StarHERS Rating: 61Architect: Hinson Dagg Architects, AuburnBuilder: Stewart Construction Co., Auburn

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    Name: The Lusche Residence, Auburn, Ala.
    Size: 4,200 square feet Construction
    Cost: $188 per square foot
    Completed: January 2009
    Certifications: Green EnergyKey, Energy Star
    HERS Rating: 61
    Architect: Hinson Dagg Architects, Auburn
    Builder: Stewart Construction Co., Auburn

  • ROOFLight-colored Union Corrugating Advantage-Lok galvanized metal on the lower roof and white composition shingles from Atlas Roofing on the upper act as radiant barriers to keep the house cool even during scorching southern summers. Union Corrugating: 888.685.7663. www.unioncorrugating.com. Atlas Roofing: 800.478.0258. www.atlasroofing.com. WINDOWSDeep roof overhangs and low-E double-glazed aluminum-clad Lincoln Windows helped yield a 25% load reduction on the HVAC system, Hinson says. The Energy Star-rated windows have an average solar heat gain coefficient of 0.29 and an average U-factor of 0.36. 715.536.2461. www.lincolnwindows.com.SIDINGTo deflect heat and to mimic the look of nearby wood-sided barns and outbuildings, the architects speced white HardiePlank fiber-cement lap siding with the new HardieZone system that provides climate-specific performance attributes based on a projects location. For the stone accents, they chose Owens Cornings Cultured Stone, which contains 35% recycled pre-consumer waste and is certified to Greenguards Children & Schools standard. James Hardie: 888.542.7343. www.jameshardie.com. Owens Corning: 800.255.1727. www.culturedstone.com.

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    ROOFLight-colored Union Corrugating Advantage-Lok galvanized metal on the lower roof and white composition shingles from Atlas Roofing on the upper act as radiant barriers to keep the house cool even during scorching southern summers. Union Corrugating: 888.685.7663. www.unioncorrugating.com. Atlas Roofing: 800.478.0258. www.atlasroofing.com. WINDOWSDeep roof overhangs and low-E double-glazed aluminum-clad Lincoln Windows helped yield a 25% load reduction on the HVAC system, Hinson says. The Energy Star-rated windows have an average solar heat gain coefficient of 0.29 and an average U-factor of 0.36. 715.536.2461. www.lincolnwindows.com.SIDINGTo deflect heat and to mimic the look of nearby wood-sided barns and outbuildings, the architects speced white HardiePlank fiber-cement lap siding with the new HardieZone system that provides climate-specific performance attributes based on a projects location. For the stone accents, they chose Owens Cornings Cultured Stone, which contains 35% recycled pre-consumer waste and is certified to Greenguards Children & Schools standard. James Hardie: 888.542.7343. www.jameshardie.com. Owens Corning: 800.255.1727. www.culturedstone.com.

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    ROOF
    Light-colored Union Corrugating Advantage-Lok galvanized metal on the lower roof and white composition shingles from Atlas Roofing on the upper act as radiant barriers to keep the house cool even during scorching southern summers. Union Corrugating: 888.685.7663. www.unioncorrugating.com. Atlas Roofing: 800.478.0258. www.atlasroofing.com.

    WINDOWS
    Deep roof overhangs and low-E double-glazed aluminum-clad Lincoln Windows helped yield a 25% load reduction on the HVAC system, Hinson says. The Energy Star-rated windows have an average solar heat gain coefficient of 0.29 and an average U-factor of 0.36. 715.536.2461. www.lincolnwindows.com.

    SIDING
    To deflect heat and to mimic the look of nearby wood-sided barns and outbuildings, the architects speced white HardiePlank fiber-cement lap siding with the new HardieZone system that provides climate-specific performance attributes based on a projects location. For the stone accents, they chose Owens Cornings Cultured Stone, which contains 35% recycled pre-consumer waste and is certified to Greenguards Children & Schools standard. James Hardie: 888.542.7343. www.jameshardie.com. Owens Corning: 800.255.1727. www.culturedstone.com.

  • LANDSCAPINGHeavy tree cover from red oaks, white oaks, and dogwoods help to keep the house naturally cool. The landscaping, which is more than 50% shaded, includes a rain garden on the north side to capture runoff from the courtyard. In addition, the 300-foot-long driveway is made of pervious gravel instead of pavement.

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    LANDSCAPINGHeavy tree cover from red oaks, white oaks, and dogwoods help to keep the house naturally cool. The landscaping, which is more than 50% shaded, includes a rain garden on the north side to capture runoff from the courtyard. In addition, the 300-foot-long driveway is made of pervious gravel instead of pavement.

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    LANDSCAPING
    Heavy tree cover from red oaks, white oaks, and dogwoods help to keep the house naturally cool. The landscaping, which is more than 50% shaded, includes a rain garden on the north side to capture runoff from the courtyard. In addition, the 300-foot-long driveway is made of pervious gravel instead of pavement.

  • INTERIORSHinson and Dagg kept interiors clean and simple, opting for red oak floors and painted MDF trim. Benjamin Moores low-VOC Aura interior paint features the companys ColorLock technology, which allows the paint to cover most surfaces in one coat, and never more than two coats, says the firm. It has been certified to Greenguard standards for Low Emitting Products and for Children & Schools. It is available in matte, eggshell, and satin finishes. 800.344.0400. www.myaurapaint.com. KITCHENThe kitchen includes a low-flow Grohe faucet and an Energy Starrated Bosch dishwasher with sensors that determine a loads soil level and delete fresh water fills if theyre not needed, cutting energy usage by up to 20%, the company says. Grohe: 630.582.7711. www.groheamerica.com. Bosch: 800.944.2904. www.bosch-home.com/us.

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    INTERIORSHinson and Dagg kept interiors clean and simple, opting for red oak floors and painted MDF trim. Benjamin Moores low-VOC Aura interior paint features the companys ColorLock technology, which allows the paint to cover most surfaces in one coat, and never more than two coats, says the firm. It has been certified to Greenguard standards for Low Emitting Products and for Children & Schools. It is available in matte, eggshell, and satin finishes. 800.344.0400. www.myaurapaint.com. KITCHENThe kitchen includes a low-flow Grohe faucet and an Energy Starrated Bosch dishwasher with sensors that determine a loads soil level and delete fresh water fills if theyre not needed, cutting energy usage by up to 20%, the company says. Grohe: 630.582.7711. www.groheamerica.com. Bosch: 800.944.2904. www.bosch-home.com/us.

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    INTERIORS
    Hinson and Dagg kept interiors clean and simple, opting for red oak floors and painted MDF trim. Benjamin Moores low-VOC Aura interior paint features the companys ColorLock technology, which allows the paint to cover most surfaces in one coat, and never more than two coats, says the firm. It has been certified to Greenguard standards for Low Emitting Products and for Children & Schools. It is available in matte, eggshell, and satin finishes. 800.344.0400. www.myaurapaint.com.

    KITCHEN
    The kitchen includes a low-flow Grohe faucet and an Energy Starrated Bosch dishwasher with sensors that determine a loads soil level and delete fresh water fills if theyre not needed, cutting energy usage by up to 20%, the company says. Grohe: 630.582.7711. www.groheamerica.com. Bosch: 800.944.2904. www.bosch-home.com/us.

  • Aquabrass low-flow showerheads and Kohler WaterSense-labeled toilets help conserve water. The 1.28-gpf Cimmaron units feature the companys Class Five flushing technology and will provide water savings of up to 16,500 gallons a year each compared to a traditional toilet, the maker says. Aquabrass: 514.381.4141. www.aquabrass.com. Kohler: 800.456.4537. www.kohler.com.

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    Aquabrass low-flow showerheads and Kohler WaterSense-labeled toilets help conserve water. The 1.28-gpf Cimmaron units feature the companys Class Five flushing technology and will provide water savings of up to 16,500 gallons a year each compared to a traditional toilet, the maker says. Aquabrass: 514.381.4141. www.aquabrass.com. Kohler: 800.456.4537. www.kohler.com.

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    BATH FIXTURES
    Aquabrass low-flow showerheads and Kohler WaterSense-labeled toilets help conserve water. The 1.28-gpf Cimmaron units feature the companys Class Five flushing technology and will provide water savings of up to 16,500 gallons a year each compared to a traditional toilet, the maker says. Aquabrass: 514.381.4141. www.aquabrass.com. Kohler: 800.456.4537. www.kohler.com.

  • Installed in the garage, the homes two 50-gallon Marathon electric water heaters boast an Energy Factor of 0.94. The units 2 1/2-inch-thick CFC- and HCFC-free Envirofoam insulation minimizes heat loss and the non-metallic inner tank of seamless blow-molded polybutylene and the filament-wound fiberglass outer tank provide maximum strength and long-lasting durability, the company says. 800.321.6718. www.marathonheaters.com.

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    Installed in the garage, the homes two 50-gallon Marathon electric water heaters boast an Energy Factor of 0.94. The units 2 1/2-inch-thick CFC- and HCFC-free Envirofoam insulation minimizes heat loss and the non-metallic inner tank of seamless blow-molded polybutylene and the filament-wound fiberglass outer tank provide maximum strength and long-lasting durability, the company says. 800.321.6718. www.marathonheaters.com.

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    WATER HEATERS
    Installed in the garage, the homes two 50-gallon Marathon electric water heaters boast an Energy Factor of 0.94. The units 2 1/2-inch-thick CFC- and HCFC-free Envirofoam insulation minimizes heat loss and the non-metallic inner tank of seamless blow-molded polybutylene and the filament-wound fiberglass outer tank provide maximum strength and long-lasting durability, the company says. 800.321.6718. www.marathonheaters.com.

The gently rolling tract of land in east-central Alabama was exactly what architects Christian Dagg and David Hinson’s clients were looking for in a location for their new home: a serene, wooded spot that would require only minimal clearing, surrounded by fresh air and sunshine.

Expansive views were an added bonus—the 2.67-acre site sits on one of the highest points in Lee County, with a three-mile, southwest-facing vista. “We thought the gently sloping topography would give us the opportunity to arrange the geometry of the house so that the uphill, back view would have an intimate courtyard feel to it and the west-facing downhill side would have these fabulous long-distance views, which are not typical for sites in Alabama,” says Hinson.

Completed in early 2009, the 4,200-square-foot house pays homage to the area’s rural roots by relying on centuries-old passive ventilation techniques. Like nearby farmhouses and rural outbuildings with no air conditioning systems, the narrow dwelling is positioned to capture east-west breezes to reduce its reliance on mechanical cooling.

“We live in a region of the country where we have a fabulous spring and fall, and if you have a home designed to passively ventilate you can turn off the air conditioning and have a wonderfully comfortable home,” explains Hinson.

Its simple exterior materials and forms, such as galvanized metal roofing, gables, and white wood-look siding, also provide a nod to Southern vernacular. “We were both really keen on the notion of designing the house in a way that reflects the history and feel of the region,” Hinson says.

The duo’s first move was to lay out a simple L-shaped configuration and arrange the home’s major elements into two slender wings joined at the southwest axis, allowing for optimal cross ventilation while taking full advantage of the views.

Four bedrooms, the dining room, the kitchen, and the breakfast area are stacked in a two-level bar that faces west. The south-facing leg contains the social spaces, including the front porch and gallery, living room, and screened porch, and is lined with generous-sized low-E windows shaded by 36-inch overhangs to let in ample—but not too much—daylighting.