Missouri-Rolla and Rolla Technical Institute
(109) used Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) from ThermoCore.
It's highly insulated; roof surfaces are R40.
paid a lot of attention to using very efficient
appliances. They used an Energy Star rated Kenmore
refrigerator. They also used an
Asko brand combined washer/dryer which uses only 217 kWh/yr
and an Asko dishwasher which uses only 194 kWh/year. These are
among the most efficient on the market and worth considering
when you replace appliances.
One of the really unique designs
is a roof that heats water in pipes covered by Uni-Solar PV
flexible laminate. Shown is a small example.
black solar laminate running in strips down the roof,
instead of the more common rectangular solar panels.