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
The ability of a system, process or object to change its characteristics to meet a drastic change in 'normal' conditions. At the crudest level, this is the SURE HOUSE’s storm shutters, which change their state to help the home survive the storm events. This can also be thought of as "what we are doing right now" - the actual... Learn More
Solar Heat Gain
The sun can provide almost all of the energy our buildings need if are smart enough to capture it. While thick insulation can keep heat from escaping from the SURE HOUSE, advanced windows can bring in as much free solar heat as possible. In the SURE HOUSE, the windows themselves are part of the heating system, bringing in more free... Learn More
The floors, walls, roofs and windows of high-performance homes should be built air-tight in order to reduce uncomfortable drafts and the amount of warm air escaping the building in winter. This air-sealing has the added benefit of keeping hot humid air out during the long and sticky summer season. Air-sealed buildings still have... Learn More