Project Title: Knight-Williams Residence
Project Type: Passive Solar Home
Project Size: 2,200 ft²
Location: Tracadie, Prince Edward Island
Nestled in a heavily wooded lot in Tracadie Prince Edward Island, this modest-sized house takes full advantage of the lot and passive solar strategies. The plan has been laid-out along an east/west axis with the majority of living spaces facing ‘true’ south, supplying ample natural light and passive solar heat gain. The site has been cleared to the south and southeast to allow optimal solar access, a side yard for vegetable gardens and recreation, with the western portion of the lot remaining heavily treed; providing privacy from the public road. The garage has been placed at the northwest corner to help protect the living spaces from direct exposure to the northeast cold winter winds, while the entire northern façade has been further insulated with earth berms. The house has been constructed of ICF construction, R60 roof insulation and triple-glazed windows; high-solar-heat-gain windows on the south side and high r-value / low-solar-heat-gain windows to the north. A large overhang has been designed on the south in the appropriate profile angle to protect the living spaces from the hot summer sun. A large screened-in porch is located at the east end of the home, directly off the kitchen and helps to squares-off a wood deck along the entire south-side.