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Connecticut Passive Solar House

Exterior of a home in Wilton, Connecticut

Sustainable building has been a tenet of our practice since the early 1980s, when our founder Ben Baxt designed this Connecticut house with a Passive Solar heating system.

The structure is banked into a south-facing slope, burying the north side of the building to reduce heat loss and buffer wind. Situating the building in this way aided in the passive solar process.

Exterior of a home in Wilton, Connecticut
Kitchen with two pendant lights, black countertops, and a wood and black island
Glass entry vestibule with wood framing, slate flooring, and brick walls

The brick staircase at the building's core aids air flow and provides structural support. Quiet, low volume fans at the top of the staircase recirculate air throughout the home, regulating internal temperatures.

Open riser, open stringer staircase with brick walls, a skylight, and wood paneled ceilings

Dark, high-mass interior finishes, such as slate floors and a brick chimney, absorb heat on winter days and release it at night. In the summer, these materials lose heat overnight to moderate daytime heat gain.

Living space with floor to ceiling windows, wood paneled ceilings, and slate floors.
Exterior of a home in Wilton, Connecticut
Exterior of a home in Wilton, Connecticut
Living room with slate floors, a brick fireplace, and wood paneled ceilings
Dining area with a glass tabletop, large wraparound windows, tile floors
Upper level staircase landing with brick walls, wood paneled ceilings, and a skylight above
Exterior of a home in Wilton, Connecticut
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