South Lake Tahoe-986 Park Hotel

2010 Tahoe Quarterly Mountain Home Awards - Commercial Merit Award read article

Highlights of Green Features:

TRPA Compliant erosion control measures (BMP's)
Exterior lighting designed to minimize light pollution.
Site disturbance was minimized by utilizing an existing structure.
Native, drought tolerant landscaping.

Water Efficiency:
Dual flush toilets and low flow showers and faucets.
Drip irrigation used for drought tolerant landscaping. No turf grass used.
Ozone laundry system saves up to 35% of wash water.

Energy Efficiency:
Daylight and motion controlled lighting
Passive cooling using fans, operable windows, and window shades to eliminate the need for air conditioning.
Zero emission (alcohol fueled) fireplaces for ambiance and supplemental heating.
Energy Efficient refrigerators and dishwasher
Regimented maintenance program to ensure energy saving systems operate as designed.
Extensive use of energy efficient lighting
Tankless water heaters to eliminate standby losses.
Ozone laundry system uses 95-100% less energy for water heating.

Materials and Resource Conservation:
100% of the original structural was retained minimizing demolition waste and reducing the use of new materials.
New interior walls built with reclaimed Douglas fir.
Materials removed from the original building were re purposed to be used in the new building. The original pool fence was used to build custom furniture for the lobby.

Indoor Environmental Quality: (Healthy interiors)
C02 monitors
Zero VOC paint
Non-toxic cleaning products
Hypo-allergenic pillows
Organic guest bath products (soaps, shampoo, etc.)
Operable windows provide unlimited fresh (Tahoe) air.
Non-Smoking building, Smoking areas are designated 25 feet from the building.
Daylight and views in all public spaces and guest rooms.
Natural patina finishes used instead of toxic lacquers and stains.

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Location:South Lake Tahoe
Structural Engineer:MWA, Inc.
Builder:Sierra Sustainable Builders
Interior Designer:David and Solomon Aflalo of G8 Partners
Photographer:Jeff Katz Photography
Year Completed:2009
Square Feet:+/-38,000

I would be pleased to be a reference for MWA. You have designed two houses that I have been involved with.

The first on lot 137 in Lahontan was a custom house for my wife and me. This house was designed for our needs and to meet the stringent requirements of the Lahontan Design Guidelines. We achieved our program goals, Lahontan Design Review Approval, and a building permit. We sold the lot, building plans and the building permit to a speculative developer who built the house with some modifications.

Last year we purchased a house which was built on spec by a developer. MWA designed that house. We were not “in the market” for a house, but happened to walk through an open house. We fell in love with your design. The house was well sited for views and privacy, very bright inside (an unusual situation in Lahontan), and fit our life style perfectly. Twenty three days later we owned this house. My wife and I are moving to this house and Truckee full time as of November 1st.

I would strongly recommend MWA to anyone designing a house in the Truckee/Tahoe area.
Rick Stephens