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We're launching a new blog series profiling Noble Home owner/builders. Here, we'll track their Noble Homes from design to construction, highlight inventive and exciting aspects of their projects, and share updates as they build and then live in their new homes. We hope that you find tracking their progress as interesting as we do!
Our first spotlight features Kristen and Sean, who will be building the first Model Z Noble Home next spring. We're in the design phase now, creating a 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 1,280 square foot home that will be nestled into 16 acres of farmland an hour outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The land will be a mixture of woodland and productive farmland with a barn, orchards, vegetable farm, laying hens, and broiler chickens, among other exciting land use projects.
Kristen and Sean are committed homesteaders and their aim is to be as self-sufficient as possible. Their heating needs will be met with solar heat and they plan to grow the majority of their food. One of their requests was to include a root cellar in the design, which will be accessed through a floor hatch in the pantry, to put up their summer yields.
They've been dreaming of a small farm and homestead for years and we are thrilled that they've chosen us to help turn this vision into a reality. Check back regularly for updates as they embark on this exciting venture!
We're pleased to introduce our newest Noble Home Sales Partner, Charles Sholten!
Charles is based in Hood River, Oregon (in the Columbia River Gorge) and has joined our team to expand Noble Home into the great Pacific Northwest. With decades of design experience, he is an exciting addition to our team. He has an eye for modern, thoughtful design and has spent his career furthering the mission of responsible living through sound design. Having traveled around the world and, like Noah, spent time as a Taliesin fellow, he shares an appreciation for the simple, clear design philosophy that is Frank Lloyd Wright's legacy.
Charles will be building a Net Zero Noble Home demonstration house in Mosier, Oregon. Stay tuned for further details of the project!
We're thrilled to share the news that our Zero Net Energy Noble Home is ready for implementation! Engineered for hyper energy-efficient living, it embodies the modern mandate of responsible stewardship.
You'll find the brochure detailing Noble Home Z here. Please share your comments, questions, and stories of your own steps towards net zero energy consumption!
Noble Home's net zero energy design is currently on the drawing boards and can be implemented very soon!
While our standard Noble Home designs are energy efficient, and a fair amount of heat can be derived through simple passive solar heating, some architecural elements are preventing the home from easily being a comfortable net zero energy or off-grid home.
Now, with the new Noble Home Z design, customers have the option of easily reaching the net zero energy or off-grid goal. With a tighter, better insulated building shell and the introduction of our solar hot air heating panels, we can meet nearly all heating needs affordably. The LED lighting that we typically specify, along with energy efficient appliances, will keep electric demand low enough for a photovoltaic array to meet, whether it be grid-tied or tied to house battery storage. The construction of Noble Home Z is very similar to the 20' and 16' models. Right away, it is noticeable that the rafter tails and clerestory windows are gone and a more modern, better insulated overhang takes their place.
Contact us if you are interested in learning more about this new development.