Clyde Park, Montana
Program: Straw Bale House Studio
Off the Grid
The seasonal changes in the northern rockies can be dynamic and extreme making an energy conscious house that also incorporates large views to surrounding mountains a challenge. The Clyde Park residence incorporates a straw bale stick-frame hybrid construction method to create a super insulated home that also incorporates large framed openings for solar intake in the winter, mountain views, and passive cooling in the summer. The result is a house that is dynamically responsive to the mountain environment, with minimal energy requirements that are generated by a domestic scale wind turbine and a 2 kw photovoltaic array.