APAZ ARCHITECT, AIA
"Sustainable architecture is about reimaging the relationship
between human beings and living systems." It is a fundamental
design consideration in our work on buildings, site and urban
planning projects. It effectively embraces a broad strategy of
social-cultural, economic and environmental issues. In architectural
terms, this means that we explore technological and policy decisions
that effect our design decisions. Also, our designs have recycled
(upcycled) building materials from other projects as well as refinished
existing building materials and systems. We integrated the following
systems into past projects: solar renewable systems to heat and
cool, solar water heating, with site specific microclimate considerations;
and mechanical systems that take advantage of the site characteristic
of soil, water, and solar. Also, we will work with the utility
companies, State of Oregon Energy Department, and the Federal
Energy Department to leverage tax credits and other financial
incentive energy programs.
The most comprehencive guidline to sustainable design, LEED is
presently focused on commercial and institutional buildings. The
guideline is also a good point of departure for residential projects.
The US Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design (LEED) guidlines help to define approaches to: 1) sustainable
sites, 2) water efficiancy, 3) energy, 4) material resources,
5) indoor environmental quality, 6) innovation and design process.
These guidelines optimize and assist a design approach that integrates
systems and their relationship with nature.
Vision of Sustainability
- Restoring our own heritage of regional styles and characteristics
of local architecture.
- Built with the sustainablitity of local materials and craftsmanship.
- Replacing ineffective building practices and designs with a sustainable
- Approach to material use from "Cradle to Cradle."
- Current code building design inadequately manages energy systems,
material employment, water, IAQ, site development, local environment
and regional/global environmental issues. The building process
is inherently project specific, this is where APAZ helps to focus
client explorations of sustainable "green" building design options.
We had guided our sustainable building design process through
multiple guidelines and goals, such as the United States Green
Building Council's (USGBC) LEED standards, HUD Passive Solar Demonstration
Guidlines, client desired "green" standards, client alternative
energy energy efficiency standards, client intent for recycling
materials, client performance standards.
- HUD Solar Demonstration Project, Passive Solar Residence, 1979
- Church Passive/Active Energy Project, 1979
- First Passive Solar Fire Station/ Day lighting Space Heating,
- Emerald Art Center(LEED-EB Pilot Program), 2001
- Gallery Day Lighting
- Site Cooling
- Low VOC Paint
- High Efficiency HVAC System
- Recycled Wood
- Local Contractors
- Urban Landscape Improvement
- Refinished Existing Wood Trim/Flooring
- Improved Urban Street/Building Relationship
- Residential "Greenhouse" Spatial Elements, 1979-2000
- Mixed Use Urban Nodal Development, SRDC Urban Planning, 2000
- Multi-family Townhouse Projects
- Energy Efficient residential Design, 1979-2003
- Waste Management (Energy & Water)
- Urban and Rural Design
- "Brown Field" Project, Tri Willow, 2000
- Client experience with public, private, non-profit and families
in the smallest residential to the sustainable characteristics
of healthy urban design.
- Ultimately unsustainable building construction is borne by all.
- Sustainable design takes less from the earth and gives more to
people by using the best of ancient building approaches with integral
- Basic Sustainable principle: "Durability, recycleability, low
energy, and ecological cost...basic to design before being fun
and attractive" D. Suzuki pg. 246
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