STUDIO ATHERTON, in collaboration with Marlene Imirzian & Associates Architects, wins the AIA Arizona and City of Phoenix Sustainable Home Design Competition!
Taking cues from the legacy of the 1950’s case study homes as well as the ubiquitous sprawling suburban developments, HOME_nz brings together the spatial, material, environmental and renewable energy practices commonly used by the local construction industry to build the city’s growing communities.
The approach to net-zero design was simple: reduce energy loads! In other words, instead of spending a lot of money on high efficiency equipment and renewable energy systems at the beginning, the effort and resources were spent on a well insulated building envelope, reduced hot water energy loads, desiged for shade at all windows, specified efficient appliances, and many other energy reducing practices. Once the energy was reduced to the minimum, high efficiency equipment was implemented, followed by renewable energy systems.
See more about the winning design HOMEnz.
ABOUT THE COMPETITION:
"In 2016, the City of Phoenix Mayor and Council adopted ambitious 2050 Sustainability Goals, its roadmap to becoming a carbon-neutral, zero-waste city. As a step towards achieving these goals, the City of Phoenix wishes to encourage the construction of ultra-low energy use homes. However, in order to create the designs needed in the marketplace, the City of Phoenix, in Partnership with the AIA is launching the Sustainable Home Design Competition with a $100,000 prize to be awarded to the winning design of a beautiful “near net-zero energy” single family home that has the best potential for wide-spread adoption in the region (climate zone 2). The intent is that sufficient public interest will be generated throughout the competition that demand for the winning design will result in the construction of at least ten homes immediately following the conclusion of the competition."
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