residential green design principles in action

A Case Study

The house is designed to provide natural cooling during the summer months. Using the “stack effect” hot air is exhausted through operable skylights at the roof level, while cool basement air is brought up into the main living spaces. This process reduces dependence on HVAC equipment and power consumption.

With the south facing site we knew the home would be easier to heat than to cool.  Here we sloped the roof for maximum solar orientation providing room for a large solar array while mitigating solar gain. The cantilevered second floor provides for a shaded porch, while landscaping can reduce late day solar gain.

When occupants have easy access to the adjacent landscape they spend less time inside and consume less electricity. The accumulated effect of outdoor time has a real impact on decreasing power consumption.

Good green design will get double impact from green building attributes. In the photo above, the balcony was used to both protect the interior bedroom from direct sunlight while also providing for privacy and outdoor views.


Located in the vibrant and rapidly developing neighborhood of West Asheville, the Westwood Wedge stands as a testament to modern sustainable living. The home features a striking south-facing shed roof, optimized for solar energy capture, and a double-height atrium that enhances natural ventilation and passive cooling. Expansive windows are thoughtfully placed to flood the interior with natural light, offering stunning views while still maintaining privacy.

The interior of the Westwood Wedge is designed for comfort and efficiency, with open living spaces that seamlessly connect with the outdoors. High ceilings and an abundance of natural light create an airy and inviting atmosphere. Sustainable materials and energy-efficient systems are integrated throughout, reducing the home’s overall environmental footprint and utility costs.

Whether you’re relaxing in the spacious living area, cooking in the modern kitchen, or enjoying the serene outdoor spaces, the Westwood Wedge offers a perfect blend of style and sustainability. This home exemplifies how innovative design and green building practices can create a beautiful, functional, and eco-friendly living environment.