Lounge Night | Alright, Alright
It came and went, and for those that missed out, shaaaamme. Our “Sustainable Architecture & Design” lounge night was a smashing success…we got all Low-E, passive solar, heated thermal up in this biz. It was a right good turnout, too…a boatload of goodly locals packed into our dimly-lit, comfy-couched, booze- and snack-stocked lounge to listed and learn. As promised, we gave ‘em something worth hearing; Chris Price [LEED, AP, CGP] of Park City Design + Build and Angela M. Dean [AIA, LEED, AP, CPHC] of AMD Architects came to enlighten and engage.
Chris chatted with us about the sustainable home he built in Summit Park with–literally–his own hands. It’s the first of its kind in Park City, and was constructed per the stringent standards of Passivhaus pre-certifications. What does that mean? Well, for starters, it’s 90% more efficient than most homes in Utah. It’s a modern work of genius, and Chris shared each step of the planning, design, and construction of a steep hillside home. Something worth noting: the R-values for insulation are insane, with walls at R-65 and the roof at R-91 [that's so high…look it up!]. Angela Dean, our second speaker and author of the book Green By Design: Creating a Home for Sustainable Living, took some time to offer up some mighty applicable tips and tools for those looking to remodel existing homes to a greener standard. We’ll sum up a couple of her points: 1) Plan for timelessness [a.k.a. do a remodel that won't be a remodel again in five years]; 2) Bigger homes are less efficient. More space isn’t necessarily the answer…just more wisely-planned space. Well said, Angela. We’re shaking our heads in agreement.
All told, a fabulous evening full of knowledge and a touch of wine/beer. COLLECTIVELY, we were thrilled to see so many folks interested in the kind of beautiful design that goes far beyond aesthetics [though, we love those, too]. We hope to do this more often, and we hope you’ll consider joining us. A few dark and moody photos below will give you the vibe [just think: candle light, education, and few good chums].