Architecture

Jade Residence combines an ocean view with energy-efficient design

Jade Residence, by architectural firm E/L Studio (Photo: Pepper Watkins)
Jade Residence, by architectural firm E/L Studio (Photo: Pepper Watkins)
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Jade Residence measures a total of 306 sq m (3,300 sq ft), spread over two floors (Photo: Pepper Watkins)
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Jade Residence measures a total of 306 sq m (3,300 sq ft), spread over two floors (Photo: Pepper Watkins)
The lower floor is actually split into two rental units (Photo: Pepper Watkins)
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The lower floor is actually split into two rental units (Photo: Pepper Watkins)
Jade Residence is based in Wildwood, New Jersey (Photo: Pepper Watkins)
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Jade Residence is based in Wildwood, New Jersey (Photo: Pepper Watkins)
New York-based architectural firm E/L Studio recently completed work on the "eco-friendly" beach condo (Photo: Pepper Watkins)
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New York-based architectural firm E/L Studio recently completed work on the "eco-friendly" beach condo (Photo: Pepper Watkins)
In all, the build took a total of two years to complete (Photo: Pepper Watkins)
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In all, the build took a total of two years to complete (Photo: Pepper Watkins)
During a chat with Gizmag, E/L Studio revealed that Jade Residence features a geothermal heating and cooling system based around deep thermal wells (Photo: Pepper Watkins)
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During a chat with Gizmag, E/L Studio revealed that Jade Residence features a geothermal heating and cooling system based around deep thermal wells (Photo: Pepper Watkins)
The thermal wells are buried in the ground (Photo: Pepper Watkins)
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The thermal wells are buried in the ground (Photo: Pepper Watkins)
The condo boasts an ocean view (Photo: Pepper Watkins)
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The condo boasts an ocean view (Photo: Pepper Watkins)
Jade Residence is based in Wildwood, New Jersey (Photo: Pepper Watkins)
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Jade Residence is based in Wildwood, New Jersey (Photo: Pepper Watkins)
Jade Residence measures a total of 306 sq m (3,300 sq ft), spread over two floors (Photo: Pepper Watkins)
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Jade Residence measures a total of 306 sq m (3,300 sq ft), spread over two floors (Photo: Pepper Watkins)
Automatic light monitors ensure constant diffuse natural lighting and also maximize the efficiency of the roof-based solar panels (Photo: Pepper Watkins)
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Automatic light monitors ensure constant diffuse natural lighting and also maximize the efficiency of the roof-based solar panels (Photo: Pepper Watkins)
The house averages a temperature of roughly 12ºC (55ºF) so requires little additional heating Photo: Pepper Watkins)
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The house averages a temperature of roughly 12ºC (55ºF) so requires little additional heating Photo: Pepper Watkins)
A hurricane-resistant rain screen has also been installed (Photo: Pepper Watkins)
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A hurricane-resistant rain screen has also been installed (Photo: Pepper Watkins)
Jade Residence, by architectural firm E/L Studio (Photo: Pepper Watkins)
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Jade Residence, by architectural firm E/L Studio (Photo: Pepper Watkins)
The building is orientated in order to allow the prevailing breeze to pass into the interior (Photo: Pepper Watkins)
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The building is orientated in order to allow the prevailing breeze to pass into the interior (Photo: Pepper Watkins)
(Photo: Pepper Watkins)
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(Photo: Pepper Watkins)
Jade Residence, by architectural firm E/L Studio (Photo: Pepper Watkins)
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Jade Residence, by architectural firm E/L Studio (Photo: Pepper Watkins)
A hurricane resistant rain screen has also been installed (Photo: Pepper Watkins)
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A hurricane resistant rain screen has also been installed (Photo: Pepper Watkins)
A solar hot water system provides all necessary hot water (Photo: Pepper Watkins)
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A solar hot water system provides all necessary hot water (Photo: Pepper Watkins)
The lower floor is actually split into two rental units, while the main vacation residence is upstairs (Photo: Pepper Watkins)
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The lower floor is actually split into two rental units, while the main vacation residence is upstairs (Photo: Pepper Watkins)
In all, the build took a total of two years to complete and during this time E/L Studio installed several energy-reducing and generating features (Photo: Pepper Watkins)
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In all, the build took a total of two years to complete and during this time E/L Studio installed several energy-reducing and generating features (Photo: Pepper Watkins)
The condo is located close to the family business, a motel (Photo: Pepper Watkins)
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The condo is located close to the family business, a motel (Photo: Pepper Watkins)
The interior layout allows ample natural lighting (Photo: Pepper Watkins)
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The interior layout allows ample natural lighting (Photo: Pepper Watkins)

New York-based architectural firm E/L Studio recently completed work on an "eco-friendly" beach condo based in Wildwood, New Jersey. Dubbed Jade Residence, the home boasts a great ocean view and energy-efficient technology including passive ventilation and solar power.

Jade Residence measures a total of 306 sq m (3,300 sq ft), spread over two floors. The lower floor is actually split into two rental units, while the main vacation residence is upstairs. In all, the build took a total of two years to complete and during this time E/L Studio installed several features that both save and generate electricity.

During a chat with Gizmag, E/L Studio revealed that Jade Residence features a geothermal heating and cooling system based around deep thermal wells which are buried in the ground, and a solar hot water system that provides all the necessary hot water.

The building is orientated in order to allow the prevailing breeze to pass into the interior (Photo: Pepper Watkins)
The building is orientated in order to allow the prevailing breeze to pass into the interior (Photo: Pepper Watkins)

The building is orientated in order to allow the prevailing breeze to pass into the interior, while automatic light monitors ensure constant diffuse natural lighting and also maximize the efficiency of the roof-based solar panels.

The house averages a temperature of roughly 12ºC (55ºF) so requires little additional heating from the on-board mechanical HVAC system, except in severe weather – and should such weather indeed strike, a hurricane-resistant rain screen has also been installed.

Source: E/L Studio

1 comment
Martin Hone
Except for the geo-thermal, there is nothing particularly inspiring or advanced with this house. And an inside temp of 12C is going to require substantial heating to be comfortable.
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