|Re: Design Process & Energy/heating/design issues - interaction?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Jim Snyder-Grant (Jim_Snyder-Grant.LOTUScrd.lotus.com)|
|Date: Wed, 9 Nov 94 08:39 CST|
At New View (Acton MA), this process has proceeded as follows: Early goals statement included 'ecologically friendly'. In our discussions about this goal, it became clear that this meant a variety of overlapping concerns for different people: reduced water use, use of recycled or at least renewable materials, enery efficiency, the chance (eventually) for some households to go off-grid, the use of renewable or at least lower-polluting energy sources, on-site composting & support for recycling, etc. One of the criteria for the architect we chose was that his team include specific expertise in these areas. Amacher/Quinn Associates, who we are happily working with, had some expertise in-house, and assembled an excellent consultant team to advise on many of these issues. Most of this activity has been given to committees to work on, mostly the design committee or its sub committtees. I haven't joined any of those committees, so I can't give you great details there. Maybe Nancy can. Every so often, these committees come back to the group to do some education & proposal making. For example, we learned about the Energy Crafted Home standards (and approved their use in our construction. [I think ECH may be a Massachusetts standard, so if you've never heard of it, maybe somebody who knows more than I can can fill in the detials. It's basically a set of standards about energy use, air tightness & air circulation & air quality, etc. Builders can get certified, banks are allowed to assume lower utility bills for ECH homes & thus increase borrower's lending capacity, etc.] As another example, we early on approved a landscaping concept that included a lot of permacultural ideas such as edible, low-maintainence plants. Committees are still sorting through heating options, as nancy has implied, including a proposal for geothermal heat pumps, and a question about whether we can do without the expense of piping in gas. We recently authorized a group to look into wood-stove/fireplace standards, so that some households can have wood as a heating backup & esthetic nicety, while the rest of us can have a good chance of being able to safely breathe the air. In the formal programmming for the common house & the individual houses, we re-affirmed our willingness to support our ecological concerns, but again, the details have been left to committees working with professionals. I can't believe I have time to respond in the midst of the Loan Construction Craziness we are going through now - we expect to close on our land Thursday 11/10 & have ground breaking Sunday 11/13. There are the usual million pieces of paper to sign & the last minute unresolved issues to resolve - I can hear the legal money-meter chewing quickly through our legal budget. Jim Snyder-Grant Jim_Snyder-Grant [at] lotus.crd.com New View Cohousing, Acton MA
Design Process & Energy/heating/design issues - interaction? Jeffrey O. Hobson, November 9 1994
- Re: Design Process & Energy/heating/design issues - interaction? Jim Snyder-Grant, November 9 1994
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