Building elements which are responsive to their environment become inherently part of the identity of a community’s style. The climate of the low country of South Carolina led to architectural design considerations that respond to the need for shade, natural ventilation, and access to daylight while inviting interaction among family and neighbors. The deep, social porches for gathering, expansive roof overhangs for shading, and well placed windows and ventilating shutters all solved the design problem while creating an architecture of place.
The homes designed for the Ridge at Chukker Creek in Aiken, South Carolina interpret this timeless architecture while integrating the latest building system technologies to create homes that reflect their community while performing as near-net zero energy homes. George Watt Architecture worked with the local developer to create prototypical homes to satisfy these energy performance goals and meet the LEED Platinum criteria using a combination of superinsulated building envelopes, photovoltaic arrays, and even hydrogen fuel cells. Teaming up with the Center for Hydrogen Research, Greenway Energy, and the Aiken Electric Cooperative we have broken ground on the country’s first commercially available hydrogen fuel cell powered home.
Preparing to design these homes, George Watt Architecture also created the Architectural Character Guidelines and Green Building Guidelines for the project.
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