Winter-savvy Minnesotans know that the key to keeping warm when the wind chill is -20° below is layering.
Does the same principle apply to homes?
“You betcha!” (as the locals are fond of saying).
3 BR/3 Bath Split-Level With 3,585 FSF
The surprisingly spacious Eden Prairie split-level pictured above features “double-envelope” construction that maximizes energy savings through a combination of passive solar and geothermal heating:
“Such a building is actually a house within a house. The exterior shell is load-bearing, and generally has a minimum of R-19 insulation. Between the outer and inner skins lies an air space (usually a foot wide) which extends from the east to the west end of the house along the roof line and the north wall. The inner wall is generally thinner — since the small temperature difference between the building’s interior and the air space requires less insulation — and supports only the structure of the living space.”
–“The Double-Envelope House”; Mother Earth News
Oh! And there’s an entry air lock, too.
Vicki McGinty in the Edina Realty – City Lakes office has the listing; price is $339k.
P.S.: former Senator Rod Grams built the home.