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Architect as Patron: Duvivier in Venice
SAH/SCC Tour & Talk
Sunday, September 22, 2013

SAH/SCC introduces a new series-"Architect as Patron"-that will look at homes that architects design for themselves and give us insight into how they live and build. The inaugural session will be at the greenest home in Venice. Designed by architect Isabelle Duvivier, the house has been noted with many accolades from the U.S. Green Building Council, including: "Outstanding House of 2012," LEED Platinum Level, one of the top 10 LEED-rated homes in California, and among the top 25 LEED-rated homes in the U.S. The architect will lead a discussion of the design and construction process for this sustainable residence.

Unlike typical LEED Platinum buildings, which are built completely new, this residence is a remodel and addition of 950 square feet to a 1912 Craftsman Cottage. The addition/remodel was done to improve the existing plan by creating a more contemporary and environmentally responsive design.

Some of the many sustainable features that make this home 52% more efficient than the average new California house are natural daylighting, natural ventilation, low-flow plumbing fixtures, energy-saving appliances,4kw solar panel system, 95% LED lighting, large overhangs, re-use of 100-year-old wood, preservation of existing floor, and sustainable materials for exterior wood siding, bathroom tiles, concrete countertops, insulation, and concrete foundations.

Other sustainable features extending into backyard landscape include: a culvert (bio-swale) built to prevent runoff from leaving the site, a storm water system of permeable surfaces, two rainwater collection cisterns for irrigation, and the use of native plants. The entire front yard has been converted into a vegetable garden to encourage a local dialogue about organic produce, share food, and build community. A beehive produces honey and pollinates the flowers. At completion of the project, 76% of the construction waste was diverted from landfill.

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