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.



Original Thermal-Envelope Home
Tom Smith's original thermal-envelope home, completed in 1977, provided some new insight into the double-shell controversy.
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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.
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Tom Smith's evolved thermal envelope house design eliminates some of the unnecessary elements of the original.
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thermal envelope home living area
The living area is oriented to the south, and is tempered by…
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thermal envelope home sun space
…this cozy sunspace, which is linked to the insulated crawl space beneath the structure.
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