The SURE HOUSE started with a simple question: how can we design a home which both reduces its energy use and adapts to the realities of a changing, more extreme climate. Our answer emerged as a new direction in storm resilient coastal housing. We merged the inherently efficient indoor/outdoor rooms and open floor plan of the quintessential 60’s style modern beach cottage with state of the art building science, the latest renewable energy technologies, and fiber-composite materials repurposed from the boat building industry. The result is a building armored against extreme weather that uses 90% less energy than its conventional cousins, powers itself through clean solar energy, and in the aftermath of a storm becomes a hub for emergency power to the neighborhood… all of this packaged as a comfortable, beautiful beach house.
- 1. 90% Less Energy Use
- 2. Fully Solar Powered
- 3. Resilient Energy Hub
The innovative engineering methods of the SURE HOUSE all share a common thread by responding to the need for sustainable, resilient homes along the NY and NJ shores.
The SURE HOUSE redefines the notion of SUstainability by consuming up to 90% less energy than a typical home.
We are striving to achieve the most stringent energy efficient building standard in existence today – the Passive House standard.
SURE HOUSE’s notion of storm proofing starts in the overall structure and works its way down to all of the details.
Our storm shutter system protects the SURE HOUSE against typical loadings as well as extreme loads experienced during intense storms. The multi-purpose shutters act as protection, a shading system, and as solar collectors.
SURE HOUSE’s flood-resistant storm shutters are equipped with essential solar panels that collect sunlight when the shutters are open, collecting energy to power the hot water heater.
Even when equipped with a roof full of solar modules to provide your home with energy, a severe weather event can disable the power grid infrastructure, preventing a grid-tied solar inverter from producing energy.
The SURE HOUSE solar-powered electrical system is resilient not only to storms and floods but the most common byproduct of the two – blackouts.
Glass fiber composite structures have been developed in conjunction with storm resilient features in the SURE HOUSE.
Architecture can be seen as fundamentally an act of balance. To balance the competing imperatives; that of our desire for openness and yet protection, visibility and yet privacy, innovation and yet reliability, performance and yet economy – the architecture of the SURE HOUSE must find a balance that delivers security, functionality, and delight... all within 1,000 square feet. Read More
Wet Floodproofing includes permanent or contingent measures applied to a structure or its contents that prevent or provide resistance to damage from flooding while allowing floodwaters to enter the structure or area. Generally, this includes properly anchoring the structure, using flood resistant materials below the Base Flood... Learn More
Flood resistant construction for the SURE HOUSE means successfully keeping floods outside the home thanks to the fiber-composite sheathing and flood-shutters which can cover the delicate windows and doors. This also means materials which can be cleaned relatively easily after the flood-waters have receded.... Learn More
Traditional Photovoltaic systems are connected to the electric grid and when the grid goes ‘down’ due to weather events such as Hurricane Sandy, these systems stop producing usable energy at exactly the moment when people need it most. Some systems use expensive and dangerous on-site battery storage to combat this vulnerability.... Learn More