Energy Independence With an EKOSE'A HOME
HOUSE PLANS AND DESIGN SERVICES FOR ULTIMATE LIVING COMFORT
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the ekose'a home - house within a house
Ekose'a Homes can be described as a double envelope design or a "house within a house." In a conventional house, the walls, floors, and ceilings are exposed directly to the extremes of the outside climate. In the Ekose'a Home, the interior and exterior surfaces are separated, creating the gravity geo-thermal envelope, a protective blanket of constantly circulating earth-conditioned air. The interior of the house is thereby isolated from the extremes of the outside climate.
The house "thinks" it is underground. Since the ground temperature remains stable a few feet down and is only a few degrees below the temperature required for human comfort, the heat generated by people, lighting, equipment, and household activities is sufficient to maintain comfortable interior conditions 90% of the time. A couple of bathroom-size heaters are sufficient to provide the additional heat needed during the other 10%, or most extreme winter conditions. In summer conditions, the geo-thermal heat exchange occurs in reverse. The cool temperature of the earth absorbs heat, and earth-cooled natural ventilation is used to exhaust excessive heat gain.