The houses in High Cove are somewhat varied in their architecture, but they have a number of key characteristics in common: all of them are small, thoughtfully designed to meet their owners’ needs, crafted with careful attention to detail, and meet the North Carolina Green-Built standards.
For detailed case studies:
Case Study #1:
A Gold-rated NC Green-Built Home
One of the first houses built in High Cove, the owners worked hard to make their house as green as possible. For the owners’ detailed discussion of their build, you can read more on highcoveliving.org.
Constructed July, 2009 through October, 2010.
1,307 sq.ft. conditioned space; 1,587 sq.ft. total.
Combination of Superior Wall (custom fabricated concrete wall forms) and 2×6 advanced
Insulated with open cell foam and blue board, walls to r-30+, roof to r-50+;
Exterior clad in Hardie siding, locally sourced poplar bark shingles, and traditional stucco
HVAC: 1-1/2 ton Climate Master geothermal heat pump with de-superheater, Ultimate Air ERV;
Back up heat from Energy Star and EPA rated wood burning fireplace insert.
HWH 80 gallon Solar Contender (2-40 gallon tanks), lower tank heated by waste heat supplied
by de-superheater; Pre-plumbed for solar thermal
Energy efficient appliances (refrigerator, dishwasher, washer/dryer, induction stove); LED, low-
voltage, and limited CFL lighting; whole house back-up generator (7kw), propane fueled
Cost of energy $50-100 per month, averaging $70.
Special green features include use of site-harvested lumber for floors, beams, all exterior trim,
custom built front door, built-ins, and some ceilings; locally- and regionally-sourced architectural
and landscape stone; no pressure treated lumber; all finishes and adhesives no- or low-VOC.
Garage & Studio
Construction May, 2015 through February, 2016;
250 sq.ft. conditioned space; 720 sq.ft. total
Combination 10″ ICF (insulated concrete forms) for crawl space, studio walls, garage floor, and bridge, 2×6 advanced framing for garage
Studio insulation provided by ICFs and 10″ of concrete, walls r-26+, roof averaging r-36+
HVAC Mitsubishi minisplit, Panasonic ventilator, LED lighting
Cost of energy $20-30 per month
Case Study #3:
588 square feet (upper level)
332 square feet (lower level).
This one-bedroom house has been designed with a separate studio apartment on the lower level.
This case study is still a “work in progress.” Please come back soon for the full information on this new house.