Journal Entry For
Module 11 - Sharing Your Project
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Key / Essential / Unique Design Features
- Rainwater collection on 2 green roofs, Greywater system for plumbing
- Roof over part of green roofs to protect from rain
- Interactive exhibits on green roofs to encourage connection to the outdoors
- Solar panels on top floor roof
- With just the roof PV included, these are PV savings. 51,720 kWh/year generated, providing $7,758 in energy savings. The building will save 7% of energy each year with a payback period of 11.3 years.
- Wood paneled siding for a natural look built from local FSC certified timber
- High R-value walls to hold in heat in cooler climate
- Natural light to optimize daylighting
- High R-value windows to hold in heat in cooler climate
- Thermal floors to hold heat in
- Large central stair flooded with natural light to encourage walking
My Big Successes
- I was very proud of the idea to create an indoor-outdoor environment with the interactive exhibits on the green roofs.
- I also really liked my large central stair as a middle axis throughout the building with clear circulation points.
- I really enjoyed learning how to make my own wall design with the wood panels on the exterior, which came from my initial inspiration.
- Kbtu/ft^2/yr of 21.0 without the inclusion of solar panel analysis (meeting Architecture 2030 challenge).
My Big Challenges - what aspects of the project created the biggest challenges and what would you do differently (in hindsight) to avoid or overcome these challenges.
- One large challenge was the bathrooms not being stacked, which would require me to redo the plumbing fixtures for each bathroom. In hindsight, I would have thought of that before and tried to stack them or at leas keep them closer.
- Keep all systems in mind from the beginning--how will HVAC, plumbing, lighting etc. work in the building? It is great to have a conceptual design, but before you make solid decisions think about smart integration of other systems.
- Building orientation and window location are some of the most important factors for energy efficiency.