Barley & Pfeiffer’s “Green by design” approach enables this contemporary home to be comfortable, beautiful, healthy, highly energy and resource efficient, with lasting durability and lowered maintenance. This living environment promotes wellness both for its occupants and for the environment.
A holistic or “whole house” design approach was adopted from the inception of this project to ensure that the development would achieve its objectives: healthy and safe, comfortable, energy and resource efficient, durable, low maintenance, environmentally conscious, contemporary designed residence.
It proves that one can live very well while occupying a smaller carbon footprint. (This home is 1200 square feet smaller than the average speculative home being offered in its market and operates on 1/3 the energy.)
It achieved a certified Five Star rating by the Austin Energy Green Building Program.
Attributes of this home:
o Linear layout that encourages cross-ventilation and maximizes proper solar orientation.
o Integrtated awnings and light shelves for ample natural day lighting.
o A thermal siphoning stairway to enhance natural ventilation
o A tight building envelope married to a carefully designed HVAC system that exceeded the requirements of Healthy Child Healthy World and the American Lung Association.
o Low maintenance & moisture shedding exterior cladding materials.
This home is a good example of high performance green home building melded responsibly with the International Style and its climatically contradictory foundings.
For new owners Jeff and Jami Bonyun, living and working in a “green by design” home became a priority when they viewed the home for the first time while on the market. Shortly after, they contacted Laura Britt Design to bring to life a design aesthetic that would complement the contemporary architecture with natural and environmentally safe products, while working with their existing New York furnishings. The relationship between the exterior and interior inspired the design team in their efforts to develop an interior palette that both inspired creativity and incorporated natural finishes throughout the home. Several new pieces added to the client’s collection included several Vervano furnishings, made in the USA with sustainable hardwoods and low-VOC finishes. Keeping the home sustainable and eco-friendly was a main concern for this growing family. With no room for visual clutter, incorporating color and attention to the clean lines repeated in the architecture, the space became a livable alternative to strict modernism.
Design Team includes: Laura Britt, Principal, RID
Jamie Wills, Lead Interior Designer
Ally Maxey, Design Assistant
Photo Credit: Alan Barley