The Thermal Envelope Home Redesigned

The controversial thermal-envelope house is reconsidered and redesigned to make use of the features that work and eliminate those which don't.



thermal envelope home redesigned
 Steve and Tamara McKinney's dwelling in Squaw Valley, California exemplifies Smith's evolved design. It has an attached solarium and earth-coupled foundation, but no envelope, superinsulation, or excess thermal mass.
PHOTOS: SCOTT KLINE, CRAIG KALONICA, AND SHARON STAWICK-SEIDERS
Original Thermal-Envelope Home
Tom Smith's original thermal-envelope home, completed in 1977, provided some new insight into the double-shell controversy.
SCOTT KLINE, CRAIG KALONICA, AND SHARON STAWICK-SEIDERS
thermal envelope home living area
The living area is oriented to the south, and is tempered by…
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Tom Smith's evolved thermal envelope house design eliminates some of the unnecessary elements of the original.
SCOTT KLINE, CRAIG KALONICA, AND SHARON STAWICK-SEIDERS
thermal envelope home sun space
…this cozy sunspace, which is linked to the insulated crawl space beneath the structure.
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