Uiw Leed Platinum Solar House
- The structure is positioned facing due south for maximum solar exposure.
- The solar array in the house was designed to provide electricity for the house year-round
during peak daytime demand.
- Helical Pier Foundation System minimizes disturbance of native soils. Twenty-three
screw-in posts were used for the foundation. This system is also removable, reusable
and performs well in expansive soils. It does not restrict drainage of surface water.
- Butterfly Roof allows for maximum capture for rain water and negates the need for
- Casement windows allow home to cross ventilate and capture prevailing winds
- Open-joint Rain Screen allows ventilation in exterior walls which improves indoor
- Single interior plumbing wall contains all plumbing to minimize distance of piping
runs. Locating plumbing in an interior wall allows for more insulation in exterior
- SIP (Structural Insulated Panels) Construction used to build floor, walls, and roof
systems: Minimizes waste, highly insulated and durable, reduces construction time.
The pre-fabricated panels were delivered on one truck stacked like a deck of cards.
- Daikin- 4 zone Ductless mini split HVAC system provides cooling and heating: Improved
efficiency with no duct leakage, reduce size of equipment and materials necessary.
- No East or West Facing windows or glazing.
- Project was designed in 2’ foot increments to minimize onsite construction related
- Dual purpose Southern Solar Porch covering: provides shade for 12 foot door system
during summer and renewable energy production.
- Retractable Door: allows for increased space and ventilation. Large Southern facing
doors/ windows provide passive solar heating during winter months and large amount
of natural light to reduce need for task lighting during daytime hours.
Energy Efficient Features
- Rheem heat pump water heater
- Anderson 100 series (Fibrex Frames)
- Pitch of roof angled to maximize solar production for summer cooling demands
- SIPs – High R value and air sealing
- Sun power PV Panels
- Sanyo Bifacial PV Panels
- Induction Cook top
- Standing Seam metal roof that is reflective and durable
- Fiber cement siding with open joint rain screen
- Ductless HVAC system
- Solar sun porch shades South facing door unit
- Kitchen and bathroom sinks are made of recycled content
- ECO recycled glass countertops
- Rain harvesting
- Minimized construction waste with recycling,
- Trex decking- made from recycled milk bottles.
- Green glass Fiberglass Faced interior board (Temple-Inland) Sheetrock-90% recycled
- SIP Construction (Structurally Insulated Panels) – Manufactured in controlled environment
to reduce construction waste on site. Waste materials from fabrication are recycled
at SIP facilities.
- Recycled tire mulch
- Low flow plumbing fixtures
- Dual flush toilet
- 540 gallon Rain Capture tank for irrigation
- Native plants in landscaping reduce watering demands
- Cork Flooring
- Parawood (rubber tree) cabinets
Indoor Air Quality
- Rain screen
- No VOC paint (volatile organic compound)
- Aprilaire 1750 Whole house Fresh air system provides positive air pressure to reduce
air infiltration. Exchange indoor air with Fresh air. Control relative humidity levels
in home which improves comfort.
- Green glass Fiberglass Faced interior board (Temple-Inland) - mold and mildew resistant
- Platinum LEED certification
- ADA compliant
- Net Zero daily energy consumption
- Used no poured Concrete
- No loss of existing Parking
- Minimum impact on site and natural drainage patterns
- No obstruction of utility easement