Each of the cottages feature a three-story tower of bedrooms connected to a two-story volume for the communal areas. A butterfly roof on the tower collects and directs rainwater into a large shared Olympic swimming size pool storage tank beneath a nearby parking lot. The flat roofs over the communal areas were built in order to support a green roof in the future.
Passive solar design, large overhangs, and natural ventilation with operable windows all help to minimize energy use. The measures are complimented by radiant floor heating, ultra high efficiency gas boilers and water heaters, high r-value insulation, and high efficiency lighting systems with daylight controls. Eco-friendly, low VOC, locally-sourced, FSC-certified lumber, and reclaimed materials were used within the building, while low maintenance and durable cement board is placed on the exterior and serves as a rain screen.
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