Alys Beach House
Location: Alys Beach, Florida
Located on the Gulf of Mexico, the Alys Beach Courtyard House was constructed as part of a sustainable urbanist town that envisioned a walkable coastal community with sophisticated architecture. Operable clerestory windows introduce natural light and ventilation into interior rooms. State-of-the-art solar energy systems use photovoltaic cells to produce electricity while the traditional shaded arcade, integral with the courtyard form, aids with cooling the house. Well-insulated concrete walls add thermal and acoustic performance while geothermal heating and cooling help the house achieve energy use that is 57% below code.