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Source: residential architect Magazine
Publication date: December 1, 2009

By Nigel F. Maynard

Courtesy David Vandervort Architects

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solar sandwichIn lieu of bulky solar panels, Vandervort specifies Silicon Energy’s Cascade Series PV modules (as he did for this home). “These neatly built modules sandwich polycrystalline silicon cells between two panels of glass,” he explains, resulting in “a clean-looking, durable unit” that mounts easily and won’t compete with his design. According to the manufacturer, the 48-inch-wide panels’ cascade design sheds water and ice easily. Silicon Energy, 360.618.6500; www.silicon-energy.com.

triple playSalt Lake City-based 3form produces an array of translucent architectural panels with varying levels of recycled content. One of its most popular lines, Varia ecoresin, is made from a minimum of 40 percent pre-consumer recycled content; another product, dubbed 100 Percent, is comprised entirely of post-consumer recycled high-density polyethylene from such sources as milk jugs. Vandervort uses the products—which are available in a wide array of colors, patterns, and decorative interlayers—for doors, cabinet panels, and screens. 3form USA, 800.726.0126; www.3-form.com.

seamless installDesign Span hp standing seam from AEP Span is the architect’s choice for energy-efficient roofing, as seen on the project above. Its ‘Cool Roof’ option “provides for high reflectivity and high emissivity,” in turn reducing “heat gain and heat island effects,” Vandervort says. The 22-gauge or 24-gauge roofing is made from up to 30 percent recycled content in widths of 12, 17, and 24 inches. A factory-applied butyl sealant comes standard, and a snap-together feature makes field seaming unnecessary. AEP Span, 800.733.4955; www.aep-span.com.

lovely leftoversVandervort admires Squak Mountain Stone for its good looks and “upcycling” attributes. Made from low-carbon cement, recycled paper, recycled glass, and coal flyash, the material “resembles soapstone or limestone,” he says, “and provides a beautiful alternative to concrete.” Slabs come in five colors and measure 56 inches wide, 96 inches long, and 1 3/8 inches thick. Tiger Mountain Innovations, 206.234.4791; www.squakmountainstone.com.


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Favorites: Nicole Facciuto

Facciuto’s top product picks
By Matthew Marin

October 07, 2009

Demonstrating a talent for turning drab spaces into stylish, environmentally sustainable interiors, Nicole Facciuto, LEED AP, of HGTV’s Red Hot and Green, has inspired viewers and homeowners with her spirited on-camera presence and passion for green design. As founder and principal of her bi-coastal design firm, Nicole Facciuto Design, Facciuto strives to create beautiful, livable spaces that meet her clients’ aesthetic, functional and economic goals while respecting the environment. For Facciuto, embracing eco-friendly living began while growing up on an organic walnut farm in Northern California. “Green has always been close to my heart,” she said.

Being aware of the surrounding environment is the most important step when choosing environmentally conscious products, according to Facciuto. “Take your time to find products that fit your needs and consider how they will impact the environment,” she said. “There’s so much to choose from; going green now spans all design styles.” One of her favorite products is Tiger Mountain Innovations’ Squak Mountain Stone countertops [1], which can take on the industrial look of concrete or the rustic appearance of slate, but are made from low-carbon cement, recycled paper and recycled glass.

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