The host of Discovery Channel’s Build it Bigger, Danny Forster, designed a single family home that earned a LEED gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. He eschews pricey tech for the most part, relying instead on efficient design principles that and take the local surroundings into account.
That’s not to say that technology didn’t play a role.
Accommodating the sun is ancient architecture, perfected by the Romans,
Forster says. But his B.C. design is updated with PC software that
analyzed the prevailing winds to determine the optimal placement and
size of the windows. By opening and shutting the casement windows,
homeowners can draw lake breezes through the house all day.