Can Architecture Help You Achieve Better Health?
Architects today have numerous resources at their disposal to create not only more functional and aesthetic designs, but healthier ones as well. Our most recent West Hollywood home is a great example of numerous systems working in unison to achieve multiple goals.
Solar panels on the roof collect and disperse heat to tubes laid beneath the flooring throughout all 3 levels of the home. This delivers heat directly from a hot surface to the people and objects in the room via infrared heating. This scheme is more efficient than traditional forced air heating because it eliminates heat loss as it travels through ducts. Additionally, dust and allergens are not constantly blown through out the house.
Of the various systems available, we utilized a hydronic, or water-based, system where zones are created that can be independently controlled by separate thermostats, allowing the homeowner to focus energy in one area or have varying temperatures throughout the house, depending on the needs of the space.
The remaining energy is then routed into another system which heats the pool, and then recirculates back to the roof for reheating, and so the cycle continues. This system uses very little electricity to operate a few pumps and valves, eliminating the need for gas or boilers. Skylights and vertical chambers through the house then allow for heat to rise and escape, while passive air cooling decreases the home’s temperatures on hot days.
By working closely with our client, MEP consultants, and various trades, we were able to create a holistic approach to heating and cooling this home while maintaining great indoor air quality, natural light, and immersive indoor-outdoor connections.