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DOMUS ALBA, pinecrest, florida DAVID M. HARPER, FAIA, LEED AP, pinecrest, florida David Harper believes strongly that it is his role as an architect in today's society to raise the bar and set higher sustainable design standards. This house presented an opportunity to "walk the walk" and demonstrate his personal commitment to the benefits of sustainability. Domus Alba is a LEED Gold-certified private residence with annual energy consumption of $0.30 per square foot. The house has adjusted square footage of 7,560, of which approximately 6,500 square feet are air-conditioned. That surpasses the "The 2030 Challenge" issued by the AIA that "all new buildings, developments and major renovations shall be designed to meet a fossil fuel, GHG-emitting, energy consumption performance standard of 60% below the regional (or country) average/median for that building type." This residence was designed with the intent to demonstrate a commitment to a sustainable lifestyle that would have near Net-Zero energy consumption. That goal was achieved with the use of renewable energy and in late 2014, the residence was honored as "Single Family Home of the Year" by the South Florida Chapter of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). The story behind the creation of this multi-generational family home is rooted in the architect/owner's determination to pursue a better way to design and build a home in South Florida. With sustainability as its primary imperative, the residence had to fulfill the need for optimum configuration, safety/resilience, healthy living, adaptability for growth and aging in place along with environmental and climate challenges in South Florida. Passive tropical design strategies include cross-ventilation cooling and a building envelope designed significantly in excess of coastal wind loads. Active energy conservation methods include a solar trellis, climate control zones Continued on page 14 Front elevation shows minimal site disruption including a drivable grass surface in lieu of pavement. All photos, excluding aerial, are by Dan Forer. 12www.aiafla.org http://www.aiafla.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Florida/Caribbean Architect - Winter 2015

President’s Perspective
Editorial/Diane D. Greer
News
Domus Alba
Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, Florida International University
Art Studio Addition
Streamsong Resort
Spotlight: Emerging Professional
The Intersection of Architecture and Corporate Social Responsibility
Advertisers Index

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