Taking green considerations into account in the design phase of a building is the most effective and cost efficient way of creating a green building package. Building size, building orientation, room layout, window configuration, insulation strategy, thermal massing, and construction material selection are most effectively planned into the original design of the building. GreenhomeWorks Design will guide the design process allowing for the inclusion and integration of green building components, functional and inspiring living spaces, aesthetically pleasing styling, and cost control.

Architectural drawings are the tool for exploring and resolving building design issues as well as communicating the specifics of the building design to banks, building permit departments, suppliers, and contractors. Good architectural documentation is integral to the accurate budgeting and construction of a building project. Davis Weigand, owner of GreenhomeWorks Design, is an architect that has been designing and creating architectural drawing packages for residential projects for 20 years. Please see an example of an architectural drawing package.

For photos, design ideas, and more information regarding Davis Weigand, architect, please refer to www.TimberworksDesign.com and www.PanelworksDesign.com.

Contact Dave by phone or email him for any questions you may have regarding the design of a sustainably built, energy efficient home.

Energy Efficient, Sustainably Built Home Design

  • shading with overhangs
  • renewable source building materials
  • recycled and recyclable building materials
  • water conservation
  • low energy consumption—low emissions mechanical systems
  • thermal mass
green home elements
  • super insulated building envelope
  • appropriate window layout
  • solar building orientation
  • building size
  • low energy consumption appliances
  • low energy consumption lighting
  • renewable source fuels
  • thermal window coverings
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Solar Building Orientation

Appropriate building siting to maximize solar gain potential.

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Low Energy Consumption Appliances

Use of Energy Star rated kitchen and laundry appliances and on-demand hot water production.

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Super Insulated Building Envelope

Insulating the foundation, wall, and roof is the most effective way of reducing energy consumption in a building.

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Low Energy Consumption Lighting

Maximization of natural lighting and use of LED and fluorescent lighting.

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Building Size

Reduce the consumption of building materials and energy consumption by efficient building sizing.

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Appropriate Window Layout

Minimizing north, east, and west facing windows and using proper quantity of south facing glazing.

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Low Energy Consumption — Low Emissions Mechanical Systems

Use of a combination of properly sized high efficiency heating and/or cooling equipment, geothermal, active solar, and photovoltaic systems.

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Shading with Overhangs and Vegetation

Cooling of exterior building surfaces by using existing or new vegetation for shade. Preventing unwanted interior heat gain by shading window openings with overhangs or canopies.

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Water Conservation

Using low water consumption appliances and fixtures and grey water reuse systems.

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Thermal Window Coverings

Insulated curtains or panels for closure at night to minimize heat loss.

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Renewable Source Fuels

Use of wind, sun, geothermal, wood, or organic produced power and heat.

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Renewable Source Building Materials

Use of organic building materials, finishes, and furniture.

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Recycled and Recyclable Building Materials

Building materials that have had previous uses and/or can be used or processed for future use beyond the building life span.

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Thermal Mass

Daytime heating gain or production storage in interior slabs, masonry walls or chimneys, or water containers for nighttime radiation.