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Mission Accomplished: A Superefficient Texas Home

With little money, recent college graduate Heather Ferrier wasn’t the likeliest candidate to build the greenest house in Texas.

The home was built using structural insulated panels. Glass block windows on the north wall bring in diffused light but don't let heat out.
Photo By Paul Bardagjy
Cooling breezes pass through carefully placed windows and up through tall spaces, creating a chimney effect. Stained concrete floors collect the sun's heat by day and release it when it cools down at night.
Photo By Paul Bardagjy
Architect Gary Olp (far right) and contractor Don Ferrier (left) helped Heather Ferrier (center) build a green home.
Photo By Paul Bardagjy
Heather's home is sited to catch maximum sun from the south and east. A metal Galvalume roof reflects back 75 percent of the sun's heat.
Photo By Paul Bardagjy
A double-sided fireplace and bookshelves under the stairs save space.
Photo By Paul Bardagjy
Heather controls sunlight in her bedroom with off-the-shelf multicolored Ikea fabric panels. The master shower features recycled glass tiles.
Photo By Paul Bardagjy
Heather's bedroom is filled with natural light.
Photo By Paul Bardagjy
Heather's kitchen features regionally produced cabinetry made of sustainably harvested white ash and GreenGuard-certified countertops.
Photo By Paul Bardagjy
Heather gave her home character with thoughtful details such as this powder room nook.
Photo By Paul Bardagjy
Leaves incorporated into the concrete floor connect it to the outdoors.
Photo By Paul Bardagjy
Porches and overhangs provide shade in summer, and canvas awnings retract for natural daylighting.
Photo By Paul Bardagjy
Floor plans for the second floor of Heather's home.
Illustration by Andrej Galins
The bathrooms have Delta Brizo low-flow fixtures and dual-flush Toto toilets.
Photo By Paul Bardagjy
Floor plans for the first floor of Heather's home.
Illustration By Andrej Galins
Floor plans for the loft in Heather's home.
Illustration by Andrej Galins

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