Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity Duplex
Location: Kittredge, Colorado
Area: 2,500 SF (1,250 SF/unit)
Site Area: 9,800 SF
• Three unique modules allow the design to be adapted for use on different sites with minimal redesign.
• The duplex earned a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) score of 31, meaning it uses 31 percent of the energy of a similar sized home built to meet minimum energy code requirements. The home is photovoltaic and solar-thermal ready - once installed, the home is expected to achieve a HERS score of 15.
• SIP walls and roofs enable an air-tight and highly insulated envelope.
• The design utilizes a super insulated envelope to cope with a cold micro-climate on a north facing mountain slope.
• A movement module, service module, and living module are arranged to maximize useful floor area and minimize total volume.
• Shed form, massing, and material selection work together to bring light and views into the home and are consistent with the Colorado mountain vernacular.
• Because of its climatically harsh location, durable and fire-resistant materials have been selected including a metal roof and fiber-cement board siding.
Key Awards Received
• 2014 AIA Architect’s Choice Award
• 2013 AIA National Convention Host Chapter Legacy Project
• 2011 AIA/Habitat for Humanity Design Competition Winning Entry
• Targeting LEED Platinum Certification