Active Landscape - Passive Building: A Design-Build Case Study

Lisa Moffitt (Designer)

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The House on Limekiln Line sits on a 25 acre farm lot in Huron County, Ontario. The site is in constant flux due to shifting diurnal and annual conditions tied to weather, cultivation and occupation. The house is sited and configured to create a dialogue with and respect for the local culture and landscape and encourages a sense of stewardship towards the larger ecological and environmental processes of the vast agricultural landscape in which the house sits.
The house is off-grid and utilizes a number of sustainable measures. These measures reduce both operational and embodied energy consumption, and are integrated into a cohesive design. Siting and orientation facilitate passive
heating and cooling. A generous south deck overhang blocks summer sun while allowing winter sun to heat the concrete thermal mass floor. Evenly distributed operable windows facilitate summer cross-ventilation and stack effect
heat purging. Triple glazed windows, a highly insulated envelope detailed to reduce thermal bridging, and the use of high efficiency appliances ensure that energy consumption required to service the house is low.
The house offers back to the cultural landscape in which it sits. The architectural language of the exterior, a monolithic galvanised steel shed, is informed by the local agricultural vernacular to ensure visual coherence within the landscape
and to facilitate construction with locally available and sourced materials. As a design-build project, construction was completed largely by local farmers familiar with agricultural building practices. The rich dialogue with local
craftsman ensured that the house is rooted in the building practices and conventions of context while also offering the community exposure to innovative resource and energy-conserving construction practices.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherDwell Media LLC
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012


  • Off-grid, Rural, Small Dwelling


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