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