BBAx Architects

Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative Eco-Home

Brenham, Texas

Programmatic Requirements

Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative set out to empower its members to lower energy consumption by giving them more information about how their homes consume energy. That educational mindset led them to construct a demonstration home inorder to provide them with a hands-on way to demonstrate that concept.

Design Solutions

This holistic approach to energy conservation starts with new methods of constructing the home using super-insulated walls and roof structural insulated panels (SIPS), correct building orientation with large overhangs and south facing porch for passive solar benefits, and large windows for natural daylighting. Renewable energy provided by a photovoltaic array and a wind turbine, along with a geothermal heat pump system and LED and fluorescent lighting allow the home to produce more energy than it consumes.