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Moore Family Farms
2011 Green Leaf Award recipient for:
Exemplary - Landscape/Site
Owner: Ken and Caro Moore
Designer/Builder: Steve Hale
Size: 2,044 SF
New construction, completed 2011
Certifications: BGNM, ENERGY STAR®, Estimated
HERS Index: 59
- Landscape/Site - Site was existing, irrigated alfalfa field with a double-wide mobile home; new home rebuilt on the same footprint; 95% of the alfalfa field preserved, some of which will be converted into organic farming; existing native and prior planted trees preserved and protected.
- Water Efficiency - Efficient drip irrigation system, In lieu of available flood irrigation, to be used for farming. Rainwater collection; low-flow plumbing fixtures.
- Energy Efficiency - Passive solar orientation; 94% efficient condensing furnace; SEER 14 A/C, all duct work within conditioned space; superior insulation, R-31 walls, R-26 foam ceilings; on-demand DHW; ENERGY STAR® appliances and windows; CFL lighting; 2.5kW PV system; operable windows placed to facilitate cross ventilation.
- Materials/Resource Efficiency - Local materials include: Sierra Pacific windows, cement based stucco, concrete with flyash, local flagstone, and local timbers; advanced framing techniques; waste management overseen by builder: all cardboard, metal, and soda bottles and cans recycled, wood and OSB reused for pellet stove pellets; less than 8 yards of waste taken to landfill.
- Indoor Environmental Quality - Expansive soils (clay) removed from building site and replaced with engineered soil to protect from settling and expansion issues; passive radon removal system; low-VOC paints and sealers on the walls, windows and wood ceiling; proper indoor air quality maintained by low wattage automatic ventilation fans; garage separate from the house to keep out garage gasses.
- Innovation in Design/Features - The owners were fully engaged in this project and were often at the site to get the organic farming started. Having owners fully engaged in the process is what every “Green” builder hopes for.
"The goal of this project was to find and reuse existing land to create a site for organic farming. In keeping with the owners’ desire to have a low maintenance home and to keep energy costs low, the best insulation and equipment were incorporated into the design."