HAROLD BUBIL: A deeper shade of green

19 Jun 2017 12:02 PM | AIA Gulfcoast (Administrator)

Going extra green, and a prestigious award for the SAF’s leader

Green building has been a focus of this column, and section, since around 2000. Back then, it was news, and the goal in the fledgling industry was that someday, building houses using sustainable materials and methods would no longer be news — it would simply be the way things were done.

We are at the point that what was green back then is just code-compliant now. All of the houses at Lakewood Ranch, for example, have been built to green standards for a decade now, and elsewhere, most builders are using at least the “low-hanging fruit” to achieve the energy-code minimums.

But, news is still being made. In this case, it is by a builder who has been doing this since 2008 or so — Josh Wynne of Josh Wynne Construction. His houses have set a lot of local and state performance records, and he has won dozens of awards for green building.

His latest effort is a new modernist house on Higel Avenue, Siesta Key, that was designed by Jerry Sparkman of Sweet Sparkman Architects. The house has a Home Energy Rating System index of -25, which means that, instead of it using energy from the grid, it is creating a surplus of energy.

A few years ago, Wynne built a house, known as the PowerHaus, in the Polo Club at Lakewood Ranch that had a HERS index of -22. A large array of solar panels on the roof are testament to the owner’s commitment for having a zero-energy house.

The new Higel Avenue house is “indeed one of the lowest HERS ratings in the area and state,” said Josh Kane of Two Trails Inc., which did the third-party rating on the project. “This remarkably low HERS index was obtained by building a very efficient and tight envelope, with 100-percent LED lights and EnergyStar appliances, high-performance windows, R-12 block-wall insulation, and a single-assembly, insulated roof deck with R-38” insulation rating.

Kane said the initial HERS index was 58 before the addition of an 11.52-kilowatt photovoltaic array, also known as solar panels, which sent the HERS into negative territory.

“The house is completely unique in design and construction technique,” said Wynne. “Our preliminary target HERS was +5. The house overperformed in real-world testing and blew us all away.”

Another Bob Graham
award for Sarasota

Janet Minker, board chair of the Sarasota Architectural Foundation, will be presented the Bob Graham Architectural Awareness Award at the annual convention of the American Institute of Architects/Florida-Caribbean chapter in Naples in late July.

Minker has led SAF for 5 years and was instrumental in organizing such projects as the annual Sarasota MOD Weekend and the construction of the Walker Guest House Replica.

The Graham award is AIA-Florida’s highest honor presented to a non-architect, in recognition of efforts to promote the cause of good architecture and community awareness of the architectural profession.

Past winners include Sarasota’s Cindy Peterson, leader of the Center for Architecture Sarasota, and former Orlando mayor Buddy Dwyer. The award was presented most recently in 2015 to the author of this column.

“Sarasota grows Bob Graham Award recipients like Iowa grows corn,” said Joyce Owens, AIA-Florida’s 2017 president.

AIA-Florida 2017 design awards will be presented to Guy Peterson Office for Architecture for the Elling Eide Center in south Sarasota (Honor Award for New Work), Seibert Architects for the restoration of the Johann Fust Community Library in Boca Grande, Carl Abbott for his Caribbean Hillside Residence (Merit Award for Sustainable Design), Abbott for the Women’s Resource Center in Sarasota (Merit Award for “Test of Time”), Sweet Sparkman Architects for the Fruitville Elementary School addition (Merit Award for Masonry in Design), and John Pichette, AIA, of Halflants + Pichette of Sarasota (Builder of the Year).

Allan Schulman, FAIA, of Miami is the 2017 Gold Medal winner. Peterson won that award last year.

I will have more coverage on Minker and the AIA design awards in July.



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