In 1996 Paul Westbrook designed a Texas passive solar house for his family. The Westbrook House was very different from other homes in the area - in a good way. The design used passive solar techniques to minimize unwanted heat gain. The shell is structural insulated panels (SIP) which are air tight and have very high insulation values. The roof is metal galvalume for heat rejection and hail resistance. Most builders would consider this radical efficiency, but it resulted in energy use requirements that were 75% less than a typical house. And it was very affordable. The design process was the key. Using integrated design (also called integrative design) allowed Paul to gather the best ideas from designers, architects, builders, and suppliers and optimize them into a functional and resource efficient residence. The home is on the National Tour of Solar Homes each fall and has been toured by over 2,000 people. Many have asked where they can get a house with these type of performance features.. Finally, there is an answer: RE:design.
These houses will use the integrated design process to design right-sized houses (bigger than a Tiny House, but smaller than a McMansion) that are space, energy, water, and resource efficient. We'll use sustainable materials and design for low maintenance. Homes will have good indoor air quality and natural daylighting. Attention to insulation and infilatration means they will be comfortable, and mechanical systems will be smaller and less expensive to install and operate. Different architectural styles can be used for these high performing homes.
RE: stands for Radical Efficiency, Reduce Energy use; Resource Efficiency; REduce; REuse; REcycle; Renewable Energy; REvolution; REimagine; REsilience; REliable, REthink; . . . REsidential REdesign
A major challenge in the DFW area is finding a lot to build on - espcially an affordable lot that not too far out. We have secured a parcel of land that abuts an existing residental street and are in the process of zoning and dividing it into three lots that match the zoning density of the adjacent development. The lots are in a great location. They are in east Plano, just south of the Collin College Spring Creek Campus and across the street from the Oak Point Nature preserve. You can easily walk or bike to trails, the Plano Balloon Festival, or the Collin College theater. The Plano Independent School District has long been recognized as a quality school district.
The lots are 9,000 SF minimum to match the adjacent subdivision. They are not part of a HOA. One of the lots is oversized due to the location on a street corner. Click HERE for a pdf file showing the proposed lot locations and sizes.
Paul designed the Westbrook House in 1996. The design process and the house are the basis of the RE:source House design. Paul has won numerous design and sustainability awards for his home design and his building efficiency work at Texas Instruments. He served two years as a Senior Fellow for the US State Department's Energy and Climate Partnership for the Americas program. Paul is president of RE:source Design.
Tony is president of Axis Design-Build. He has been in the building industry for more than twenty-five years with broad experience in passive solar & remodeling design, daylighting, specialty and general contracting, manufacturer’s representation, construction management and product design & development.
We are proud to announce a partnership with TreeHouse to design and build the RE:design Houses. TreeHouse, the Home Upgrade Store, offers a full range of solutions to make homes beautiful, healthy and sustainable as well as expert design services, product installation and support.