Passive solar home in Wake County

Passive Solar Log Home – envelope design

If you are int he market for something unusual, take a look!  This is a gorgeous home made from sustainable Southern Yellow Pine logs, floors and trim.  It is renewed at a greater rate than it is harvested. Compared to other building materials converting a tree into sawn lumber requires far less energy with lower CO2 emission.

The home is oriented with a solar space facing east to capture the sun in the heating season with large enough overhangs to prevent sun from penetrating during the summer.  The envelope design of a home within a home separated by an air space with an insulated concrete form (ICF) foundation that serves as a heat sink. Convection currents of air between the two walls heat and cool the home,  Winter heating bills are modest for a 3,000 sf home.

Currently the homes does not have any additional solar hot water or photovoltaic systems but is ideally situated for PV.  With the tax credits the payback period is attractive.  The DSIRE database maintained by NCSU Solar Center is the place to check out incentives for this and other available programs by state.

Triangle Green Homes along with Triangle Area Homesteaders hosted a meetup on Monday for members to learn about passive solar and how PV would be a good fit for this unique home.

Jeanne Moyer | Raleigh Cary Realty | (919) 412-2384
1108 Tonawanda Trail, Wake Forest, NC
Unique passive solar log home near Falls Lake
3BR/2+1BA Single Family House
offered at $387,900
Year Built 2008
Sq Footage 3,000
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2 full, 1 partial
Floors 3
Parking 2 Car garage
Lot Size 57,499 sqft
HOA/Maint $0 per month

The award winning design envelope home utilizes passive solar to capture and store solar energy in the thermal mass of the logs and concrete foundation. The circulating air heats or cools the home through natural convention. This 3000 sf open floor plan home includes a living room, separate dining room, and a family room. A spacious deck and patio extend the living space into the 1.3 acres of quiet outdoors near Falls Lake. Contact agent for walking tour guide.
see additional photos below



– High/Vaulted ceiling – Hardwood floor – Family room
– Bonus/Rec room – Dining room – Refrigerator
– Stove/Oven – Stainless steel appliances – Attic
– Basement – Washer – Dryer
– Laundry area – inside – Balcony, Deck, or Patio – Yard

– Garage parking

– Passive solar
– ICF foundation

South view with solarium

Living room

Operation of envelope hom

Kitchen & breakfast bar

Large deck

Contact info:
Jeanne Moyer
Raleigh Cary Realty
NC Lic#191350
(919) 412-2384
For sale by agent/broker
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Posted: Jul 9, 2010, 4:24am PDT

If you are not seeing the visual image of this listing, click on this link, For Sale: 3BR/2+1BA Single Family House in Wake Forest, NC, $387,900.

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