Designed by Gomes + Staub, Chen House New home is located in Durham, United States. Designed for a sloped lot with a limited construction budget, the house adopts the efficient vernacular building forms of the North Carolina landscape as well as the cost-effective exterior materials of conventional North American home construction, including fiber-cement lap siding, masonry veneer, and asphalt-shingle roofs. A slot of aluminium-framed glazing marks the entry to an interior characterised by tall ceilings, natural light, and white plaster surfaces. The house also attains an energy efficient envelope from normative building techniques. With its first year of full-time occupation nearly complete, it is on target to achieve a total annual energy consumption of less than 7.5 kWh/ft2 (<81 kWh/m2/yr).