The Sustainable Design Center

Bio-regionally Appropriate Architecture Collaboration and Planning for a Cleaner, Healthier Planet

605 Peacock

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Firm: Benjamin C. Obregon Architect

Project Status: Completed in the Fall of 2007

Project Description: Four – 2300 s.f. 3 bdrm 2 bath Duplexes.

  • The homes utilize 2×6 studs w/ R-19 wall insulation or Grid Wall (an insulated concrete form system)
  • The remainder of the structural/thermal envelope includes pre-engineered floor and roof trusses, a metal roof with continuous ridge and soffit venting, radiant barrier and a minimum R-30 roof insulation (cotton batts, blown cellulose or Icynene).
  • Flooring is stained concrete first floors, bamboo second floors.
  • Interior finishes include water based sealant’s and low VOC paints and stains.
  • A high efficiency HVAC unit (seer 14.0) is enhanced by ductwork with turning vanes at all corners which is run in an insulated plenum. Habitable rooms have dedicated return air ducts and ceiling fans. A “whole building fan” w/ insulated cover completes the HVAC system. Wood, metal clad, double pane, low-e windows are located and sized to enhance natural ventilation and minimize heat gain.
  • The plumbing includes restroom exhaust fans rated for continuous use, vented to the outside and tied to a humidistat, a demand water heater and low-flow plumbing fixtures.
  • Exterior security lighting is tied to motion detectors. Interior lighting will be task based and shall utilize long life fluorescent bulbs when possible.
  • In addition, each unit has a heat recirculating fireplace with outside combustion air, a balcony, courtyard and separate fenced yard. Some units will have downtown views.

This project should reach a level 4 on the City Of Austin green Building Rating System. 2005-2007