Strawbale and Rastra Home Mullaney Residence Tucson, Arizona
Award Winner 2004 winner of the "Building from the Best of Tucson" award for green building from the Sonoran Institute.
Design Features Over 1000 square feet in five covered outdoor spaces. A round outdoor room with full kitchen. Roof terrace with fireplace. All with a comfortable Mexican feel.
Site Sensitivity Maximum preservation of trees and cacti. Balanced cut and fill, erosion control and unobtrusive driveway.
"We can't thank you enough for the beautiful house we live in - we say so every day, and we can't tell you how much we enjoy living in it." - Mike and Barb Mullaney
Energy Efficiency Highly insulated building envelope with strawbale and rastra walls. Passive solar orientation with shading. Exceeds the Sustainable Energy Standard by 7%.
Water Harvesting and Greywater Seven cisterns harvest 3600 gallons of rooftop runoff for pool and landscape uses. The greywater system uses a 1000-gallon tank.
Solar Hot Water The sun heats the domestic hot water, the radiant concrete floor, and the swimming pool via a separate system.
Solar Electricity Plan A future building-integrated photovoltaic system will utilize thin-flim material glued to the metal roof. It will produce 3600 watts, and is planned for grid-tied connection and "net metering."