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Project Notes

  1. During my site visit it was noted that a well has been installed on the site. The owner has stated that a pump test shows 100 gallons a minute capacity.
  2. Asked for and received the land developers information package on the Stone Point Estate subdivision. The estimated 200 single sided pages contain little of importance to the design of the clients manor. I was expecting an extensive architectural controls chapter for a development touted as estate properties. The good thing about this is that it leaves my clients design solution wide open.

Design Brief

Statement of Project Goals

The project as per client meeting of Friday July 6th, 2012 is made up of seven environmental performance areas: Site, Water, Energy, Health, Materials, Equity and Beauty. The goal is to achieve a state-of-the-art measure of sustainability and to curb the gap between current limits and ideal solutions.

Methods to Consider

The reduction of energy use in buildings can be achieved by simple methods and techniques, using a proper building design (bioclimatic architecture) and energy-efficient systems and technologies, such as passive solar systems.

Bioclimatic architecture refers to the design of buildings and spaces (interior – exterior) based on local climate, aimed at providing thermal and visual comfort, making use of solar energy and other environmental sources. Basic elements of bioclimatic design are passive solar systems which are built into buildings and use environmental sources (for example, sun, air, wind, vegetation, water, soil, sky) for heating, cooling and lighting.

Over the following weeks and months existing and new technologies are to be carefully studied for inclusion in this project.

Team Building

The process of putting this high standard plan in place requires leading-edge technical knowledge and skill, an integrated design approach, and design and construction teams well versed in advanced practices related to the project goals.

Building Green and Sustainable

Definition of sustainable from Wikipedia: For humans, sustainability is the long-term maintenance of responsibility, which has environmental, economic, and social dimensions, and encompasses the concept of stewardship and the responsible management of resource use.

Was that a mouth full?

Over the last twenty years, “green building” and the tempting concept of sustainability has grown to become the most called for and growing trend in the building industry.

Look up green and sustainable and you find various meanings not always in sink with each other. For the purpose of our mutual understanding of these terms I put forward the following statement of meaning.

The project respects the natural hydrology of the land, the water needs of the planned and existing ecosystems, and those of its neighbours. It aims to focus on reductions and make the best or most effective use of resources before technological solutions are applied to eliminate wasteful spending – of energy, resources, and dollars.

In addition, every action or process results in greater biodiversity; increased soil health; additional outlets for beauty and personal expression; a deeper understanding of climate, culture and place; and a more profound sense of what it means to be a citizen of a planet.

To live up to a new age of design, wherein the built environment relies as much as economically feasible on renewable forms of energy and operates year round in a pollution-free manner.

A place for wild life to visit and flourish.

The project focuses on the major conditions that must be present to create robust, healthy spaces.

Ideal Conditions and Current Limitations

The client requests a wholesome, useful and healthy indoor environment.

The project is designed to include elements that fuel the natural human draw to every day systems and processes. The overall project is to think about and use as many of the following as feasible within the project guide lines:

  • Environmental features
  • Natural shapes and forms
  • Natural patterns and processes
  • Light and space
  • Place-based relationships
  • Evolved human-nature relationships

The aim is to bring about a successful materials economy that is non-toxic, self-evident and socially fair and just. Throughout their life-cycle, materials are at fault for many adverse environmental issues including illness, poured down the drain energy, pollution, and resource depletion.

The project should not contain any of the following Red List materials or chemicals.

  • Asbestos
  • Cadmium
  • Chlorinated Polyethylene and Chlorosulfonated Polyethlene43
  • Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs)
  • Chloroprene (Neoprene)
  • Formaldehyde (added)
  • Halogenated Flame Retardants44
  • Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs)
  • Lead (added)
  • Mercury
  • Petrochemical Fertilizers and Pesticides45
  • Phthalates
  • Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
  • Wood treatments containing Creosote, Arsenic or Pentachlorophenol

Project Creed

The project team:

strives to reduce or where possible put an end to the production of waste during design, construction, operation, and end of life in order to save natural resources;

sees the need for beauty as a positive start to caring enough to preserve, conserve and serve the greater good.

The project has design features planned solely for human delight and the keeping of culture, spirit and place fitting to its function.

Educational materials about the operation and performance of the project are provided to the public to share successful results and to move others to make change.

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In your gjConstructs designed home, you live in a world of beauty… beauty that is achieved by grace and line, skillful combining of materials and harmonious blending of colours. “Simple Elegance” is the expression used by customers in describing first impressions their gjConstructs designed home.

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