While there have been many great advances in green building design and technologies over the last 10 years, it often feels like all the new options make it harder to figure out how to be "green." MWA works with its clients to understand their goals and objectives for their project and come up with solutions that meet those goals.
We find it is best to evaluate the environmental impact of buildings using the following 5 metrics:
- Materials Consumption
- Energy Consumption
- Water Consumption
- Indoor Environmental Quality
Using these five categories (as recognized by most green building programs,) we help our clients understand and evaluate the challenges and opportunities with green building and incorporate them into their projects.
Our staff is trained and experienced working with various certification programs including LEED (Leadership in energy and environmental design) for commercial projects and Build-It Green's Green Point Rated program for residences. MWA keeps current with the latest green building practices through our active support and participation with the locally based Sierra Green Building Association ( SiGBA.org.)
We are experienced in designing high-performance buildings utilizing either advanced mechanical systems including solar photovoltaics (PV), solar thermal (hot water and space heating,) ground source heat pumps, or more traditional passive design techniques. We help our clients evaluate the pros and cons of various systems and choose the most appropriate systems for their project.
In the Fall of 2009, MWA's Phoenix Executive Building (Truckee, CA) received a LEED Silver rating from the United States Green Building Council. read more
Sustainable Lakefront Home
2015 CATT Award - Sustainable Building Methods Project of the Year
Ground Source Heat Pump with hydronically heated floors
Extra Insulation and High Thermal Mass
Living green roof
Ample natural light from windows and skylights
Will be connected to the main house's Solar PV array
Sustainable Mountain Home
Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe (CATT) awarded the home the 2013 Sustainable Building Methods Project of the Year award. Tahoe Quarterly Home Awards also named this home the winner of the 2015 Eco-Friendly Award. read article
Sustainable Family Home
RENEWABLE ENERGY SYSTEMS:
• SOLAR PV: 3.5kW photovoltaic array (20)-175 Watt panels
• SOLAR THERMAL: (3)Heliodyne Flat Plate collectors w/238 gallon, dual-stage storage tank and 200 kBTU/HR backup boiler.
• GROUND SOURCE HEAT PUMP: (9)-300ft deep wells with dual pumps providing both heating and cooling.
• PASSIVE SOLAR: 9% South Glazing Ratio, <3% at East & West
• Thermal Mass: Interior stonework and 1-1/2" gypcrete floors.
INDOOR AIR QUAILTY/HEALTH INTERIORS.
• Whole-house fan plus (8)-variable speed exhaust fans with occupancy sensors.
• Low VOC Cabinetry, Carpeting, and Finishes, Sealed building envelope to minimize air leakage.
• Reclaimed wood siding and flooring.
Adaptive Reuse of Old Motel
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