Launch Slideshow

The net-zero BrightBuilt Barn starts with a super-tight, super-insulated R-40 shell, draws energy from a 6-kW solar-electric system, solar thermal, and a geothermal system, relies on LED lighting, and refreshes the indoor air through a highly efficient HRV. The 2x6 walls are filled with dense packed cellulose with 4-inch rigid insulation to the exterior, and the roof is made with 8-inch SIPs.

BrightBuilt barn

BrightBuilt barn

  • This cutting-edge LEED-Platinum prototype production home is packed with high-performance features and flexible design details that minimize energy use and maximize livability. The house is designed for shop assembly, pre-built in a factory setting, and shipped to its site for quick completion. An LED light skirt on the exterior perimeter that glows green when the house is a net-producer and red when its using grid power

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    This cutting-edge LEED-Platinum prototype production home is packed with high-performance features and flexible design details that minimize energy use and maximize livability. The house is designed for shop assembly, pre-built in a factory setting, and shipped to its site for quick completion. An LED light skirt on the exterior perimeter that glows green when the house is a net-producer and red when its using grid power

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    This cutting-edge LEED-Platinum prototype production home is packed with high-performance features and flexible design details that minimize energy use and maximize livability. The house is designed for shop assembly, pre-built in a factory setting, and shipped to its site for quick completion. An LED light skirt on the exterior perimeter glows green when the house is a net-producer and red when its using grid power

  • The net-zero BrightBuilt Barn starts with a super-tight, super-insulated R-40 shell, draws energy from a 6-kW solar-electric system, solar thermal, and a geothermal system, relies on LED lighting, and refreshes the indoor air through a highly efficient HRV. The 2x6 walls are filled with dense packed cellulose with 4-inch rigid insulation to the exterior, and the roof is made with 8-inch SIPs.

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    The net-zero BrightBuilt Barn starts with a super-tight, super-insulated R-40 shell, draws energy from a 6-kW solar-electric system, solar thermal, and a geothermal system, relies on LED lighting, and refreshes the indoor air through a highly efficient HRV. The 2x6 walls are filled with dense packed cellulose with 4-inch rigid insulation to the exterior, and the roof is made with 8-inch SIPs.

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    Trent Bell Photography

    The net-zero BrightBuilt Barn starts with a super-tight, super-insulated R-40 shell, draws energy from a 6-kW solar-electric system, solar thermal, and a geothermal system, relies on LED lighting, and refreshes the indoor air through a highly efficient HRV. The 2x6 walls are filled with dense packed cellulose with 4-inch rigid insulation to the exterior, and the roof is made with 8-inch SIPs.

  • Moveable wall partitions are used to define the spaces in this 640-square-foot model. A rolling ladder provides access to the loft area.

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    Moveable wall partitions are used to define the spaces in this 640-square-foot model. A rolling ladder provides access to the loft area.

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    Moveable wall partitions are used to define the spaces in this 640-square-foot model. A rolling ladder provides access to the loft area.

  • Flooring, walls, and trim were crafted with locally milled Eastern white pine.

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    Flooring, walls, and trim were crafted with locally milled Eastern white pine.

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    Flooring, walls, and trim were crafted with locally milled Eastern white pine.

  • The kitchen is outfitted with a Danby 3.1-cubic-foot refrigerator and a Fisher & Paykel dishwashing drawer, both Energy Star-rated, a Verona stove, a Kohler Essex faucet, and locally crafted custom cabinets and concrete countertops.

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    The kitchen is outfitted with a Danby 3.1-cubic-foot refrigerator and a Fisher & Paykel dishwashing drawer, both Energy Star-rated, a Verona stove, a Kohler Essex faucet, and locally crafted custom cabinets and concrete countertops.

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    The kitchen is outfitted with a Danby 3.1-cubic-foot refrigerator and a Fisher & Paykel dishwashing drawer, both Energy Star-rated, a Verona stove, a Kohler Essex faucet, and locally crafted custom cabinets and concrete countertops.

  • A WaterSense-certified Kohler Purist faucet tops a custom countertop and vanity in the BrightBuilt Barn's bathroom.

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    A WaterSense-certified Kohler Purist faucet tops a custom countertop and vanity in the BrightBuilt Barn's bathroom.

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    A WaterSense-certified Kohler Purist faucet tops a custom countertop and vanity in the BrightBuilt Barn's bathroom.

  • BrightBuilt Barn section diagram

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    BrightBuilt Barn section diagram

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    BrightBuilt Barn section diagram

  • BrightBuilt Barn floor plan

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    BrightBuilt Barn floor plan

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    BrightBuilt Barn floor plan

Small is not only beautiful these days, but also more practical, adaptable, and sustainable, as exemplified in the 640-square-foot BrightBuilt Barn prototype production house. Every aspect of this LEED-Platinum home, from materials selection to net-energy performance to water efficiency, was thoughtfully integrated into its design and carefully executed in its pre-fabricated construction.

The judges commended BrightBuilt’s simplicity of form and how well it “lives” for its size due to its flexible open plan. But they also appreciated the performance-focused features integrated into a replicable package, and the obvious results, including a HERS rating of 23 and an ACH@50 of 0.590. “From its inception, the design was driven by five guiding principles: livability, sustainability, replicability, disentanglement, and education,” explains Robin Tannenbaum of project designers Kaplan Thompson Architects.

The prototype is packed with every option available now in the for-sale models that Kaplan Thompson and Bensonwood Homes are offering: a super-insulated shell (R-40), a 6.2-kW grid-connected PV array and an evacuated-tube solar thermal system, a supplemental heat pump and heat recovery ventilation, high-efficiency lighting fixtures, and water-efficient plumbing fixtures. A way-cool real-time energy monitoring system includes an LED light skirt on the exterior perimeter that glows green when the house is a net-producer and red when it’s using grid power.

Production models are fitted for options, shop-fabricated, and shipped to the site for fast, efficient assembly. “This house pulls everything together,” said one judge. “You don’t have to say it’s a good green house, it’s just a good house.”

 

 


PRODUCTS
Windows and Doors: Thermotech Fiberglass Fenestration / Polycarbonate Panels: Duo-Gard / Door Hardware: Stanley / Timber Framing: Nordic Engineered Wood / Siding: Locally milled pine
Roofing: Atas / Decking: Locally milled Eastern white cedar / Insulation: Dow; National Fiber; Bonded Logic / Appliances: Danby (refrigerator); Verona (stove); Fisher & Paykel (dishwasher) / Countertops: Jon Meade Design / Cabinetry: Liza Wheeler / Kitchen Faucets: Kohler / Bath Faucets: Kohler / Showerhead: Delta / Toilets: Sterling / Flooring: Locally sourced white pine / Paints & Stains: Land Ark; Painter’s Touch; Cabot / Interior Lighting: Lightolier; Philips Color Kinetics; Lithonia Lighting / Exterior Lighting: Philips Color Kinetics; Intense Lighting / HVAC: Lifebreath; Trane; Aspen / Alternative Energy: SunPower (PV); Thermomax (solar hot water)

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