Natural Balance House
This sustainable showcase, owned by Glen and Deb Bruels, features all-LED lighting, geothermal heating, heat recovery ventilation, solar water heating, a SIP roof, and an extensive green roof area. Perhaps its most sustainable feature on water-conscious San Juan Island, however, is the 19,500-gallon rainwater cistern under the home which has been engineered to meet 100% of the owners' water needs. Great care was taken to minimize the home's impact on the sensitive shoreline area. The home achieved a HERS score of 54 and a blower door result of 1.17 ACH50.
The Natural Balance House was designed by Michael McNamara of Blue Sky Design (Hornby Island, BC) and built by Ravenhill Construction of Friday Harbor. More than 250 people visited the home during public tours on Saturdays in May, 2011, and it will be featured in an upcoming issue of Ocean Homes magazine.