Sustainable Design Strategies
The Young / Kondilis Residence aspired to contribute to the global evolution of a more sustainable architecture with inherently economic ideas and materials to improve more popularly affordable buildings and communities.
1. Active and passive solar power, heating and cooling: Heat storage walls and tanks, a thermal stairwell with opperable windows and a reversible ceiling fan to induce and convey passive heating, cooling and cross ventilation.
2. "Green" or Garden Roofs
3. Appropriately sized spaces and structural members
4. Extensive use of natural, compact fluorescent and LED lighting
5. Maximum effective thermal insulation
6. Advanced framing with engineered wood products
7. Movable insulation to cover windows and skylights at night
8. Sealed construction to minimize air infiltration
9. Stucco finished Rastra insulated concrete walls
10. Extensive use of rapidly renewable bamboo products for rain screen siding, shelving, cabinets, doors, treads, trim and flooring
11. Hydronic radiant floors
12. Heat recovery and ventilation systems with HEPA filters to recover half the heat from exhausted air.
13. Waste water heat recovery
14. High efficiency boiler (90%+)
15. Certified "Energy Star" appliances
16. Low flow water fixtures
17. Natural, less processed materials with benign finishes
18. Multiple use spaces
19. Barrier free accessibility
20. Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood
21. Drought tolerant landscaping
22. Partially earth sheltered to reduce exposure