Geothermal-powered Halifax home uses automation for energy savings
Photo courtesy of Omar Gandhi Architect
A luxury home in Halifax, Nova Scotia, combines a modern appearance with advanced technologies to spur energy efficiency.
The Syncline House, developed by Omar Gandhi Architect, is a two-story residence with a mezzanine set atop a rocky foundation that inspired the home’s name. Energy efficiency was a major feature of the new build, from the ample natural lighting and triple-glazed windows to the use of geothermal and solar energy, reports Inhabitat.
Set atop a concrete base, Syncline House comprises two interconnected volumes connected via a light-filled atrium and clad in textured Fibre-C panels, a type of lightweight white fiber-cement panel that boasts fire resistance and long-term durability.
The taller of the two volumes houses the communal areas like the open-plan living room, dining area and kitchen on the main floor and a media room and gym on the ground floor. The second volume contains a master suite, office and dressing room on the main floor and a garage on the ground floor. A guest bedroom is placed on the mezzanine level.
Full-height triple-glazed windows frame views of Point Pleasant Park next door and the ocean waters of the North-West Arm beyond. The airy and light-filled interior features wide white oak flooring, whitewashed walls and floor-to-ceiling header-less doors.
Rooftop solar panels and geothermal heat pumps power the home that uses automated blinds and recessed windows on the southwest facade for passive cooling.