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Paisano Green Community is the First Net-Zero Senior Housing Project in the US
Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On October 25, 2012 @ 11:46 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,Daylighting,gallery,Sustainable Building,Zero energy | 1 Comment
Paisano Green Community is a new typology for public housing and generates more energy than it uses. Solar photovoltaics on the roof and two wind turbines work to power the 73-unit facility and any excess is sold back onto the grid. Energy efficiency  was a high priority in order to make the most of the on-site renewable energy generation. Each unit also features an air-source heat-pump water heaters. The buildings were partially prefabricated off-site as panelized sections and then assembled on site to ensure quality construction and minimize waste.
This infill development is located on the corner of Paisano and Boone and is bordered by the County Coliseum, the El Paso Zoo and the US Customs truck depot. In order to create a safe haven for the residents, Workshop8  arranged the buildings around a the edge of the site to create a strong perimeter and a safe central garden space. Residents enjoy views of the garden rather than views of the customs. All the buildings were optimized for solar passive deign with large overhangs to protect from overheating but still provide lots of natural daylighting . The project also provides space for a community building and commercial spaces like a grocery store, barber shop and office space. Residents have easy access to bus lines and surrounding shopping. The project is seeking LEED Platinum certification.
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URLs in this post:
 Paisano Green Community: http://workshop8.us/portfolio/paisano-green-community-senior-housing/
 Workshop8: http://workshop8.us/
 Enterprise Green Community: http://www.enterprisecommunity.com/solutions-and-innovation/enterprise-green-communities
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 Energy efficiency: http://inhabitat.com/energy-efficiency
 daylighting: http://inhabitat.com/daylighting
 ArchDaily: http://www.archdaily.com/271384/paisano-green-community-workshop8/
 El Paso Times: http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_19085432
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