Westview Solar Home 1

Westview Solar Home

Westview Solar Home

The Westview solar home is a simple and affordable passive solar design with an open floor plan and cathedral ceiling that give a real sense of wide open space.  There is lots of roof space for solar panels and solar hot water collectors.  The Westview design has been built in Aberdeen, Saskatchewan.

Passive Solar Design

The home, designed and built by Suncatcher Solar, has south facing windows that are 9% of the overall floor area.     The west and southwest facing windows are smaller, to prevent overheating of the house in the summer, but are placed at eye height to give a great view of the prairie landscape across the street from the house.

A concrete slab floor provides adequate thermal mass to absorb the heat on sunny winter days and store it for release overnight, reducing the night time energy losses.

The home was built to R2000 energy specifications, providing an economical and energy efficient building envelope.

Westview Floor Plan

Westview Floor Plan

Floor Plan

The Westview is a story-and-a-half design with a loft style upper floor landing that overlooks the south facing living/kitchen area below.  Some of the south facing windows are close to full length, affording a view of the yard, while others are set to allow furniture to be placed underneath them.

The basic home has two bedrooms upstairs but there is room for future expansion above the attached garage.  The home built in Aberdeen was renovated to develop this area into a spacious master bedroom with Bedroom 2 becoming the ensuite.

Heating System and Active Solar Components

The Aberdeen Westview home was built on a concrete slab (no basement) with in floor heating.  The heat source is an on demand natural gas boiler supplemented by a small 20 tube evacuated tube solar hot water system.

Westview Solar Power and Solar Hot Water Systems

Westview Solar Power and Solar Hot Water Systems

The power system was designed as an off-grid system but has grid backup.  The reason for this design is that the owner wanted independent power and Saskatchewan did not yet offer a net metering program.  With a 1.224 kW solar array and a large battery bank to provide up to 3 days of reserve power, the solar power system is sufficient for energy conscious operation of the home.  Instead of the backup generator normally required with an off-grid design, this home has backup from the electrical utility that was already on site.

Features

The Westview is an open concept plan with cathedral ceilings in the living/dining/kitchen area on the south side of the home.  The upstairs rooms open onto a loft style landing that overlooks the area below.

Westview Kitchen

Westview Kitchen

Westview Living Room

Westview Living Room

The living room provides a cosy setting with great views to the south, west and southwest.

Owner’s Comments

The original owner of the Westview home sold the house.  It was purchased by a couple who did the renovations to the master bedroom.  They moved to the States about a year later and the house has sold again to new owners.

The couple who bought the home from the original owner were thrilled with their purchase – here are their comments:

“We have fallen in love with the place since we moved in.”

“When we received our power bill and the usage was $.04 we knew we’d made the right decision!”

For more passive solar home designs see Examples of Passive Solar Home Designs.  Visit Suncatcher Solar Home Designs to view floor plans and to buy the Construction Drawings.  You can also buy a Study Set to have a more detailed look at the plans before deciding to purchase the full set of drawings.  Plans are priced at $995 for the Construction Drawings and $29.95 for the Study Set.

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