Lyons Retirement Retreat

Contemporary, energy efficient home in Lyons CO

New Build

Built in 2003 as a retirement retreat and artist’s studio for renowned architect Evans Woollen, this Lyons home was based on the principles of Passivhaus, a building approach currently receiving attention for creating super efficient homes that need very little energy to heat or cool.  This is done by creating an incredibly tight building envelope with 2-3 times the insulation of a regular home. Passive solar heating and cooling were achieved with 12 x 8 foot custom sliding doors to allow the sun to heat the home in the winter and colder months and roof overhangs to protect from summer overheating. A zero-maintenance exterior of metal and stucco protect the home from the harsh Colorado sun, cold and snow.

Year Built: 2003
Architect: Evans Woollen

Green Building Features

  • Passivhaus envelope
  • 2-3x insulation
  • Passive solar
  • Zero-maintenance exterior
Open floorplan contemporary home overlooking Colorado mountains

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