Two Rocks

Two Rocks

Architect
Habit Studio
Location
Canada | View Map
Project Year
2021
Category
Private Houses
Chris J. Dickson
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Kitchen countertopCaesarstone
Wood burning insertStûv
PendantNiche Modern
The Helio, Solitaire, Calla
Quartz countertop and TilesMSI
Vena Carbona, Carrara
TileCERAGRES
“Unit” 1x3 Mosaic in Cream and Super White
PaintBenjamin Moore
Natura

Product Spec Sheet
Kitchen countertop
Wood burning insert
Pendant
The Helio, Solitaire, Calla by Niche Modern
Quartz countertop and Tiles
Vena Carbona, Carrara by MSI
Tile
“Unit” 1x3 Mosaic in Cream and Super White by CERAGRES
Paint
Natura by Benjamin Moore

Two Rocks

Habit Studio as Architects

Two Rocks is a Net-Zero Passive House in rural Nova Scotia.

photo_credit Chris J. Dickson
Chris J. Dickson

Key products used:

Vetta Windows, locally sourced pine cladding, charred cedar siding, whitewashed maple floors;

photo_credit Chris J. Dickson
Chris J. Dickson

What was the brief?

This home was designed for sustainability and beauty. As a Net-Zero Passive House the technical objectives were energy efficiency, healthy interiors and extreme comfort. Aesthetically the goal was to create a distinctive modern home that felt warm, comfortable, and rooted to the land.

photo_credit Chris J. Dickson
Chris J. Dickson

Who are the clients and what's interesting about them?

A doctor and a food writer and their two sweet children. They were drawn to the tranquility and fertility of the property. They are developing the land as a small farm with fruit orchard and extensive vegetable and herb gardens.

photo_credit Chris J. Dickson
Chris J. Dickson

What were the key challenges?

A Passive House relies on large areas of south glazing and minimal north glass, however the owners wanted to highlight the stunning north view of Cape Blomidon. Additionally, the property contains acres of forest, and the homeowners requested a wood fireplace to burn site sourced fuel. However it is not ideal to have a wood fire in a Passive House due to the high level of airtightness and insulation as it will get too hot inside.

photo_credit Chris J. Dickson
Chris J. Dickson

What were the solutions?

Design optimization through energy modeling showed that with European Passive House windows the desired window openings could work with minimal compromise to the performance target. We figured out that the stunning north view would cost them $28 per year - well worth it. Locating their fireplace in the same space as the big windows would limit the impacts of overheating. They may sometimes get too hot but effectively the fire and the windows cancel each other out. A low output model fireplace with a dedicated air intake was sourced.

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