Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Sustainability Features of Phase 1 Eco-Studios

Eco-Studio Sustainability Features

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

Building Structure

High insulation due to use of:

Eco-Panels' SIPS R40 insulated walls, roofs & sub floor panels

Tyvek building wrap

HardiPlank siding

TekFoil roof insulation

Energy Star rated metal roofing

PGT Winguard windows & doors

Cork flooring

Low VOC paints and primers

Trek recycled wood and plastic deckboard

Water & Energy Conservation & Management

Energy Star rated:

Metal roofing

Insulated impact resistent windows & doors

Toto low flush toilets

Summit refrigerator/freezer

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

Light Pollution

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 sconces

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.

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