Published on January 1st, 2013 | by UC&D Magazine


South Weber Elementary K-2 Center

AIA 2012 Merit Award Winner:

EDA Architects, Inc., Salt Lake City
General Contractor:
Hughes General Contractors, North Salt Lake
Project Location:
South Weber

Located at an elevation of 7,000 feet in Park City, 125 Haus is a 2,400 SF three-bedroom plus studio single-family residence for a family of four. The goal was to design and develop a project for a highly sustainable residential case study that would be priced at market rate, at the same time providing high-end contemporary, multi-functional spaces for a family of four. Employing an integrated planning process,
125 Haus was designed to the strict German Passive House standard. To optimize design and predict the building’s energy performance, PHPP (Passive House Planning Package) and 3rd party DOE EnergyPlus energy simulations were conducted during the design phase. The results were used to adapt the building to its specific site conditions, to test different design configurations, wall systems and components, and to optimize performance with regard to efficiency and costs. Verified by 12 months of post-occupancy monitoring, 125 Haus is 80% more energy-efficient than a comparable built-to-code standard residence in a similar location.

The K-2 Center is a unique elementary school prototype that was created by the school district to address issues of overcrowding, changing demographics and limited land availability. 14 classrooms were added to a small campus that is already anchored by a 12-classroom facility and a relatively new community recreation center. The building also houses a new multi-purpose space; a media center; a support kitchen; two digital media labs and administrative/counseling offices. The K-2 Center was designed to teach students about the natural environment and incorporates design strategies that illustrate sustainable strategies unique to its location at the mouth of Weber Canyon (the school’s mascot is a windjammer sailing ship). Designed around the theme of “wind, water, and sky” the design incorporates renewable energy, natural daylighting strategies, passive heating and ventilation, water conservation and reuse, and material resource efficiency, among others. Sustainable elements include periscopes (i.e. light wells); wind turbines, a photo voltaic system and a solar hot water array.

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