These are the green ideas in order of importance to sustainable design:
- On-site solar panels for green electricity – to make net zero energy onsite;
- Solar thermal collectors for hot water supply and radiant floor heating;
- Radiant cooling via infloor cold water in the same circuits in summer; (great idea!)
- 10-ft high trombe wall collects passive solar heat;
- Butterfly roof for rainwater collection;
- Rainwater collection used for toilets/landscaping;
- Drought tolerant, native landscaping;
- Maximimum openings for natural ventilation;
- Low-water use fixtures and plumbing;
In addition there are the usual elements that garner so many LEED points:
- 95% of the construction waste is recycled.
- Use of FSC-certified woods and low VOC products.
- High recycled content materials used throughout.
…and indeed, this building has gained LEED Platinum certification, the third to do so in Utah.
It’s a good example of the self-sufficient new design vernacular in sustainable design – including net zero solar power and the new butterfly roofs for rainwater harvesting for a water constrained future.
Utah in the American Southwest is an arid land and will be increasingly drought-prone as our hotter future heats up the region.
Via Jetson Green