Experience the House
sustainability

Understanding the values and compromises necessary to realize a greater good, the goal is to balance design quality, resource conservation and energy efficiency. In the end it must be beautiful enduring sustainability.

MATERIALS

polished concrete
  • Minimized painted surfaces using green line paint with low VOC content from Sherwin-Williams, minimizes the impact on air quality while still delivering maximum performance
  • Long lasting polished HTC Superfloor concrete floor is durable, easily cleaned and doubles as a thermal mass for passive solar strategies
structural insulated panels
  • Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) provide superior insulation as well as structural strength, while reducing infiltration and optimizing the use of framing materials
  • Closed-cell spray foam insulation containing no CFCs, HCFCs, or measurable levels of formaldehyde promotes tight enclosure and increases R-values
maple-veneered plywood walls
  • Wall surfaces of durable and easy to clean maple-vaneered PureBond brand plywood from Columbia Forst Products featuring non-toxic, soy-based assembly technology.
  • Long lasting aluminum framed Fleetwood sliding glass doors obtained from vendors who practice waste reduction by recycling remnants and glass scrap for future use
stretched fabric ceiling
  • Lightweight Barrisol stretched fabric ceiling made from recycled, lead-free co-polymer fabric ceiling
  • Environmentally preferable electrochromic glass, SageGlass, helps to reduce heating and cooling loads while automatically improving light quality by tinting the glass if the intensity of the sunlight is too strong
daltile bathroom tile
  • Daltile bathroom tile made from recycled materials
  • Durable and easy to maintain rubber tile produced by Johnsonite, is recyclable
  • Space utilization products from Hafele which allow for a smaller house footprint, requiring fewer materials and using less energy
  • Aerogel filled polycarbonate panels give a high insulation value while transmitting a beautiful translucent light
shutters
  • Stainless steel shutters provide sun protection, security, privacy, cross ventilation, strategic views and a dynamic diffused natural light
  • Zinc façade panels can be completely recycled
  • Roofing system utilizes a white, lightweight, weatherproof, Acrylife PVC membrane that protects the roof from harsh weather conditions while also reflecting light, therefore decreasing the amount of heat from sunlight that is absorbed through the building envelope
solar panels
  • All energy provided by 45 grid-tied solar panels – the Sanyo 190 HIT Double Bifacial Photovaltaic Module, which simultaneously absorb sunlight from the back face of the panel; a portion of the sunlight passes through the panels, combining with sunlight reflected off the surface below, thus transferring the highest power per square footage to the bifacial solar cells and producing up to 30% more electricity than a one sided panel
walk off mat
  • Maintenance free, long lasting, durable, and rot and termite resistant decking – wood (ipe) harvested under the guidelines of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), ensuring minimal impact to the environment
  • Aluminum walk off mat – recyclable and lightweight - helps prevent tracking of debris into the house
  • SOLAR DECATHLON
  • U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
  • MINISTERIO DE VIVIENDA
  • POLITECNICA
  • SOLAR DECATHLON EUROPE