Saturday, May 29, 2010
The crew is hand digging holes for the 3x3x1.5 footings. They set flat spots as above, we check the exact center points for each, then they'll dig to the 1.5' depth. The footing boxes will be ready by Monday.
Some spots are more challenging than others.
We'll either incorporate the rock into the footing or if it's not too large we'll drill it out as above. All rocks and dirt removed for these footings are placed within the building site so we can keep a greenbelt around the periphery. Specimen plants, such as sage, orchids and air plants in the footing areas are transferred to areas outside the building envelope.
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Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
We have a more challenging site this time so the crew from BGM Engineering have come out to shoot the elevations.
Site Planning & Design
Minimal site damage during construction
Vegetation cleared on site recycled and used for down slope diversion berms
Minimal construction waste due to pre-fab panel construction
Parking area integrated into adjoining site to minimize excavation
Native plant landscaping
Buildings sited to retain maximum number of native plants in situ, transplanted when possible.
Native vegetation greenbelt retained along road way and all sides of property/building
Compost area for landscape trimmings offsite
Biological survey and rare plant inventory completed
High insulation due to use of:
Eco-Panels' SIPS R40 insulated walls, roofs & sub floor panels
Tyvek building wrap
TekFoil roof insulation
Energy Star rated metal roofing
PGT Winguard windows & doors
Low VOC paints and primers
Trek recycled wood and plastic deckboard
Water & Energy Conservation & Management
Energy Star rated:
Insulated impact resistent windows & doors
Toto low flush toilets
Covered deck faces south
Buildings site takes advantage of natural breezes and maximizes use of natural ventilation
Compact Fluorescent and LED lighting
Low flow shower and faucets
Solar hot water system
Aerobic wastewater plant and irrigation system
Power usage offset with 1KW Solar Grid Tie System per 4 unit pod
No outward shining light fixtures on buildings or boardwalks
Supporting Local Art & Industry
Use of Maho Recycled Art:
Concrete and recycled glass countertops in kitchen and bath
Clay tiles in vanity and shower walls
Fabric wall hangings
Support and promotion of local artists work displayed in units and sold in store
Property entrance sign created by local artist
Top floor units accessible for persons with moderate mobility issues
(future wheelchair accessible).
All building materials & furnishings were purchased locally unless specialty item not available or orderable thru a local supplier.
The first phase of our EcoStudios has won the second Island Green Builders Award. Here are Glen, Stanley and Rob Crane from the Island Green Builders Group with our award. We received 4 stars of a possible 5. The award was made of recycled glass at our very own Maho Bay Recycled Art Center. Next phase...5 stars!!