An energy-efficient, steel-clad residential home, going up in West Asheville. Consultant Ken Huck helped with some of the design features, and Xpress interviewed him in an article for the Living Green issue last fall. Photo by Zen Sutherland, http://www.flickr.com/photos/zen/
Green-building consultant Ken Huck has been playing with energy since he was 12 years old. The Canadian native helped wire his family’s farmhouse more than 30 years ago, then toyed with radio kits in high school and studied the history of science and technology in college. By the time he worked on a solar-array project for the Vallejo, Calif., water system in 2003, he was hooked on alternative energy.
These days, he’s living in West Asheville and still experimenting. He’s trying to match pragmatism with theory in designing a “passive house” — one so airtight and efficient that even the warmth of a dog or two can make a significant contribution to its coziness in wintertime.
For an interview with Huck, see Xpress article “Passive Aggressive.”