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M&E Manager, Lendlease
4

Pretty impressive overview of a 35 years old house, almost self built. Excellent example of what good will can achieve.

Structure Tone, LLC
5

excellent

Project Manager, HDR, Inc.
3

Enjoyed the fact that this was 30 years old and still innovative.

HalfMoon Education Inc.
4

Unique home full of sustainable features that were cutting edge at the time it was built.

3

The building is well integrated to the site.

Junior Designer, Zakian Woo Architects, Inc.
5

it's a very nice design.

Technical Manager, Cuhaci & Peterson Architects
4

I really enjoyed hearing the first hand experiences from the the owner who built and lived in the home. It also shows how basic technology can be applied to a successful design without the need for overly complex systems.

3

Very interesting home to tour, but voice of the owner is hard to hear while voice of the visitor is loader and easy to hear.

Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council

Thank you for the feedback, Gary. We will be sure to let the Education Partner know. Thanks!

3

The sound was hard to hear. Interesting house though.

Senior Associate, Perkins Eastman
5

What a wonderful testament to ecological thought! I came of age when this house was constructed, and It has always been my dream to build a house like this. It was great to see how it fared over the years and its high performance level today. Architecturally in my mind, a masterpiece. Bravo!

Senior Architect, DAR
5

great

4

Great tour. really enjoyed it.

RSP Architects, LTD
5

Fascinating! Beautiful home with amazing energy efficiency. It is fun to see some of the age-old technology like Tromb walls, earth shelter, and green roofs being used effectively in today's world. I wish that more people shared these visions on a larger scale. Thanks!

Principal Project Engineer, The RMH Group, Inc.
3

Great patience with the very knowledgeable host! Interesting!

THE PALUMBO GROUP
4

Very informative.

Landscape architect, PVE
4

Very interesting subject, a shame the camera work was so choppy. I know it's neat to do things live, but sometimes it's better when they're not.

Senior Estimator, Balfour Beatty Construction
4

Very interesting way to incorporate many passive systems into a very sustainable house & shop.

Senior Project manager, DNA Architects, Pentland Green LLC
3

very interesting, but when owners tak about their homes they provide a great deal of extraneous information

Senior Structural Engineer, HDR, Inc.
4
Project Engineer, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
5

Interesting house and background story to how it became. I think LEED needs to take a more passive approach. We get so wrapped up in the use of motorized things to make a building "green" and why not use simpler measures when possible. The whole point of sustainability is to reduce our footprint not use three times the amount of energy to run all the fancy "efficiency gadgets"

Owner, The Continuum Collaborative, LLC
4

sound was an issue, but very interesting

Landscape Architect, La Pépinière de Joy
5

Great house tour.

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER, STUDIO NABENA + PARTNERS
5

Whao! what an amazing house. He put in great thought & articulation in the design process.

Vice President, E. M. Scott General Contractor, Inc.
4

Nice presentation. I like the real world examples. The audio was a bit difficult to hear, however.

Graduate Student at North Carolina State University, Raleigh,NC, North Carolina State University
5

Awesome!

Architect + Planner, MHTN Architects
4

Very inspiring thanks!

Principal, KCK Architects
5

fun, informative tour with clear presentation

5

Loved it; thank you for sharing this tour!

Precision Planning, Inc.
4

Great tour of the residence

Senior Project Manager, VHB
3

Interesting interview and house, but the sound quality of the video is poor. Don't know why the videographer didn't mic the interviewee.

JLL
1

Did not finish too hard to hear and follow

Architect, Edwards + Hotchkiss Architects
4

Great

Staff Accountant, Liberty Property Trust
5

What a great project. Very informative tour.

Architect, Aaron Pine Architect LLC
5

Great video and tour. Thank you for creating the video and sharing your experience and knowledge.

On the technical side, you might have discussed the north and south wall assembly: water barrier on concrete walls, size of studs, insulation, moisture barrier, any insulation under the basement slab, etc.

Not needing any mechanical equipment, other than resistance heating, for heating or cooling is a significant cost savings. How about hot water? Electric on demand no doubt.

Would the owner consider putting pv panels on the roof? It would be interesting to know if adding pv panels could make the house net zero. Sedum would probably still grow in the shade of the panels.

Founder/Action Oriented Visionary, Drawing Conclusions LLC
Pro Reviewer
5

I found the course refreshing. While there are obvious audio and video production issues because of the use of a hand-held camera, Tom Newhouse seems to make these seem unimportant. Designing, building and living in his own home, he provides deep insight into the pros and cons of having a passive solar, green-roofed, integrated earth sheltered home.

His explanation of the homes features; the green roof, the trombe wall and heating through convection are but just a few of the interesting facets of the house. While the course is rated intermediate, it can easily inform and appeal to a wide range of backgrounds from novice to professional, from inexperienced to experienced. I would highly recommend this course for both its technical content and for its celebration of the human spirit.

4

Enjoyed the lecture, but a view of a plan would have helped get an overview of what was happening.

Lead Structural Engineer, Strategy architectural design limited liability company
5

good house!

INTERN ARCHITECT, HKS, Inc.
5

good

Project Engineer, Lease Crutcher Lewis
5

Very interesting.

Lighting & Controls Design and Commissioning, Building Enclosure Commissioning, LEED Specialist, Architectural Fusion, LLC
Pro Reviewer
3

PROS: This video virtual tour of a passive solar "eco" home from the late 70's visually demonstrates passive solar principles on a four season site with very limited Winter sunlight. The basis of design was New Mexican hill structure design which influenced some features, such as 16" thick block trombe wall with no penetrations, that proved "less than ideal" for western Michigan. Results: 18,000 btu per year for a larger than average sized home with studio / workshop compares favorably to 36,000 btu for a current, average-sized, energy efficient home in this region. Air changes are 3-10x higher than normal to promote good indoor air quality for an occupant with asthma. Home now benefits from recent green roof replacement with isoboard insulation yielding R65. Advances in HVAC and geothermal technology would bring energy usage load even lower. Covered some aspects of universal design principles, as well as creating/supporting habitat. Maintenance issues were also addressed. Lessons learned were covered well.

CONS: Quality of video and sound was occasionally very poor. Almost 20% of the Owner Architect's words were lost when he faced away from the camera. Editing these moments out and adding a 5-10 minute summary & Q&A session at the end in a sound and light controlled space would benefit learners. Either it was inaudible or the thermal comfort range for the inhabitants was not mentioned beyond a 65 deg. office studio requiring a sweater on June 21st.
Basic, rather than Intermediate level for Architects or Engineers; perhaps Intermediate for homeowners.

Student, West Virginia University
5

Really learned a lot

SVP, Global Design Head, Citi
Pro Reviewer
5

This was my very first virtual walking tour that embedded a very robust Q&A in between, which I thought was very effective as a show and tell session. There are couple times where the audio quality slightly drops, due to it being a walking tour, which to me wasn't terribly distracting and, if anything, actually contributed to this unique experience. Overall a very informative, engaging and easy to follow session. I have greatly enjoyed the course and would recommend to everyone who is interested in learning about a real-life experience of designing a home that is ecologically sound with a green-roof that is wildlife habitat certified, and maximized for energy optimization and solar gain.

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