The 2012 Architectour event was held in Santa Barbara on Saturday, September 29th. The theme of the tour was fire-resistant construction. More than 300 people attended and many of them visited the Harlin Residence on Coyote Road designed by JDK. The home's fire-resistant features include: metal roofs and fascias, rastra block walls with plaster finishes, aluminum-clad wood windows, steel garage door, and fire-safe landscaping. The home's green building features include: opening skylight and fans for ventilation, high-performance spray-foam insulation, insulating high-mass block walls, dual-glazed windows and doors, high-efficiency radiant floor heating, high-efficiency water heating, and prewiring for solar photo-voltaic panels. Many visitors commented on the appeal of the casual livability of the home.
As a result of a safety campaign led by the Mesa Architects, a volunteer group I belong to, the resurfacing and re-striping of Cliff Drive, including the approved four-lane to three-lane conversion between Lighthouse Road and the west entrance to SBCC, was completed last year. The community is very pleased that this important opportunity to improve safety was realized. For more than 25 years conversions like this have consistently resulted in increased safety with no increased congestion. Adding a center turning lane and bike lanes is a great first step toward transforming Cliff Drive from a high-speed highway to a complete neighborhood street.
The Harlin Residence on Coyote Road will be featured in the Architectour 2012 event. This new residence replaces a residence destroyed in the Tea Fire. The 1,821 sq. ft. main residence, 576 sq. ft. garage and 484 sq. ft. workshop are arranged to form a sheltered, south-facing courtyard. This highly energy-efficient, fire-resistant “Built Green” home features in-floor radiant heating, rastra-block walls, high-performance windows, icynene roof insulation, efficient water heating, and a grid-tied solar-electric system. It is estimated that the home will exceed state energy-efficiency requirements by 52%.
Construction of a new home on Gibraltar Road designed by JDK is nearing completion. The home will replace the previous rustic, timber-frame residence that was destroyed by the Tea Fire but could not be rebuilt under current codes. The unique character of the previous structure is being replicated, with upgraded interior planning, using current building techniques. The new design incorporates green building features including high-performance windows, energy-efficient heating and water heating, a grid-tied solar electric system, and provisions for future on-site water harvesting. Despite having a very high glazing to floor area ratio, the home will exceed state energy-efficiency requirements by 21%.
JDK recently completed several projects in the Western U.S.. They include a mix of new residences and remodels, all with sustainable features. For more detail take a look at each projects below:
Presently on the boards are several remodels, a new downtown residence, a mountain retreat and a senior housing project. The remodels range from a master bath upgrade to a whole house remodel and energy efficiency upgrade. The downtown residence conveniently located near the courthouse will be energy efficient and environmentally-friendly. The mountain retreat will be sited for passive solar gain, to preserve existing oak trees and powered by an off-grid photovoltaic system. The in-town 82 unit senior housing project will include solar water heating and photo-voltaics to increase energy efficiency to 20% beyond state requirements.
Visionary architect William McDonough's book Cradle to Cradle has been a huge inspiration for JDK. Here's a great quote that sums up the concept.
A building should be like a tree, it should thrive on the Sun's energy while enhancing its surroundings.
Two residential remodels on the Mesa are currently under construction. They both have energy efficiency upgrades including new high performance windows. One of them was the first project to be approved through the "Built Green, Santa Barbara" program at the City of Santa Barbara. Click here to learn more about "Built Green, Santa Barbara."
Walking through the Green Building program created by John D. Kelley for SBCC Adult Education.
John was the instructor for a recently completed SBCC Adult Education class called "Greening Your Home". More than thirty colleagues joined John in nine weekly sessions to present examples of how to apply ecological principles to living spaces and gardens. The class was attended by more than ninety students who learned how to upgrade their homes or apartments using healthy, resource-efficient, environmentally-friendly techniques, materials and furnishings.
Amory Lovins, co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute, has always been a big inspiration for how John approaches his work. This quote is short and sweet – it illustrates what inspires JDK in a nutshell:
If a house isn't resource efficient, it isn't beautiful.