Net Zero Prairie Retreat

  • | LEED Gold

  • | Biophilic Design

  • | Designed for Net Zero

On this beautiful wooded site with a restored prairie, the owner sought a cozy refuge with a minimal carbon footprint. This LEED Gold house was carefully sited in the midst of a restored prairie to visually connect to the pond below and trees above, with screened porches at the upper two levels. The guesthouse is for frequent family and friend visitors, but by keeping it separate, it can be run at low-power mode, while allowing the main house to be the intimate domain of the owner. High insulation levels, triple-glazed windows, energy recovery ventilation, and airtight construction keep space conditioning demands low; a heat pump water heater, condensation dryer, induction cooktop, and LED lighting allow the annual energy to be offset with the 7kWh solar PV array.


General Contractor
Mike Von Behren Builder, Inc.


Structural Engineer
Goodfriend Magruder Structure

Third-party Testing and Verification
Eco Achievers

Hausman Photography

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