Energy Efficiency

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Designing buildings to use less heating and cooling energy to achieve and maintain a comfortable temperature.

Rocking Horse Hacienda

Originally part of a Spanish Colonial estate north of Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Rocking Horse Hacienda is a working organic farm with a collection of historic and more recent buildings. During renovation, traditional adobe and viga/latilla structures were preserved, with new construction providing active solar heating, high performance building envelope, heat recovery ventilation and water catchment. Recycled building materials were favored over virgin products.

Cerrillos Road Lofts

Buildings 500 and 700.

Infill live/work units promote efficiency in transportation and energy use for a creative community in a neglected part of Santa Fe. Multiple unit types and flexible configurations for both lease and sale. The language of the building is informed by the geology of erosion, local Anasazi archeological sites and the Unite d’Habitation.

architecture: Hugh MacPherson Driscoll, principal, Chord Architecture; photography: Driscoll, Kohlmann.

Building 700 Visualization

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