The Xyla is designed so you can “live large” in a small, extremely energy-efficient one-story space. Connectors, laundry rooms, garages, art studios, and other separate rooms can be added to expand this platform to fit your needs. Xyla homes range from 1,032 -1,823 square feet, and have 2 to 3 bedrooms and 1 to 2 baths. Built low to the ground, they combine natural light with deep overhangs for additional shade in the summer.
When our first Xyla was built across the river in Vermont, it was tested by Efficiency Vermont and received a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) score of 44, and a 5-Star-Plus Certification for excellence in energy efficiency. That’s 86% more efficient than the average American home. In terms of air infiltration, it tested at .51 ACH50, which is almost 20% better than the stringent Passive House standard.
Unity’s platforms are at the heart of the design system that we have developed to streamline the design and planning process for building a new home. The system also includes an extensive library of pre-designed components that can be used to configure the platforms to suit specific needs, sites and budgets. Because each client is unique and every building site is different, no two Unity homes are the same.
The plans below embody tried-and-true configurations that we have found work well on a variety of sites. For many clients who are interested in the Xyla, these plans will require very little personalization to fit their needs, resulting in a process that is simple, easy and cost-effective. And if changes to a design are required, they can be made with the options available in our design system. See: A Primer on Unity’s Design System
Every Xyla is designed as one integrated whole, including:
1. Basic standard specifications to achieve energy efficiency and air-quality standards.
2. Kitchen and bath fixtures that can be incorporated into pods manufactured off-site.
3. Doors and trim that are designed to combine high insulating value with ready access to mechanical systems.
4. Optional add-on structures, including porches and garages.