Design Charrette–Planning

There is a LEED point for having a kick0ff planning meeting with the LEED Project team. LEED calls this meeting a Design Charrette which is a french term for taking a cart around to get input on an architectural design. So this cart is leaving the barn on April 23rd.

Original charrette "cart"

Original charrette “cart”

The charrette is a full day event. We are going to start at the offices of Energy Logic in Denver. The office is conveniently over a coffee shop so breakfast will be near at hand. Then we will delve into the project before us. Here is the agenda for our planning day for this LEED for Homes gut remodel.

Morning Agenda: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Convene at Energy Logic Denver Office. 3606 W 50th Ave. Denver, CO 80212

Introduction: (Ellen-15 minutes)   A design charrette—a focused and collaborative brainstorming session held at the beginning of a project—encourages an exchange of ideas and information and allows truly integrated design solutions to take form.

1. Integrated Project Design   Platinum requires 94 points for 2213 sq. ft. 3 bedroom home

Introduction of the design team:

  • James Plagman: architecture or residential design
  • Shane Gring: LEED AP and green building or sustainable design
  • Annette Garrigues: landscape architecture, habitat restoration or land use planning
  • Ellen Dibble: Owner builder

Team will be actively involved in at least 3 phases of construction/design

  • Phase 1. LEED Planning
  • Phase 2: Design Development/Energy Modeling
  • Phase 3: Final Design/Implementation/Construction
  • LEED AP on Team: Shane Gring

1. Building slideshow (Ellen–15 minutes)

  • Building orientation East West axis—window ratios—south facing 450 sq. ft.

Introduction to building plans (James–20 minutes)

2. Durability Evaluation (Ellen–10 minutes)

  • 2.1 Completed form and all requirements

3. Location and Linkages (Ellen–10 minutes)

  • Documentation of flood plain Flood map
  • Documentation for previously developed/boundaries Survey, soil report
  • Documentation of sewer/water service photos
  • Documentation of open space Survey, Satellite photos

4. Sustainable Sites (Annette–30 minutes)

  • Develop erosion protection plan
  • Remove invasive species
  • Landscape design
  • Reduce heat island effect
  • Nontoxic pest control. Caulk and seal, install screens, consider removing all planting within 24” (Is garage planting included?)

BREAK  9:45-10:00

5. Water Efficiency (Ellen, Shane, Annette–15 minutes)

  • Possible designs for water use as it flows off roof (no physical retention).
  • Possible graywater system.
  • Requirements of irrigation system design.
  • Meet indoor water use requirements (low flow faucets, toilets, etc.)

6. Energy Star Requirements (Shane–45 minutes)

  1. Optimize Energy Use
  2. Insulation Interior or exterior?
  3. Air Infiltration (can we meet the thermal barrier requirements for a gut remodel?)
  4. Effective windows—Energy Star rating. Design for solar gain in winter
  5. Design of heating and cooling system  New boiler for hot water and heat with solar preheated tank. Pipes in non-conditioned spaces insulated to requirement.
  6. Very high efficiency boiler
  7. Water heating pipe insulation and efficient heater—not structured plumbing?
  8. Install all energy efficient lighting
  9. Purchase all energy efficient appliances.

7. Materials and Resources (Ellen and James–15 minutes)

  • Efficient framing
  • Environmentally preferable products
  • Waste management strategies

8. Indoor Air Quality (Shane–30 minutes)

  1. Energy Star Guidelines
  2. Adequate combustion venting Enclosed EPA certified woodburner
  3. Moisture control? Dehumidification in laundry area? Included in air filtration system?
  4. Plan for ventilation system to install filter and obtain good filtration numbers
  5. Install exhaust fans to LEED requirements
  6. Zoned non-ducted system with upgraded boiler.
  7. Filters for air system?
  8. Plan to limit indoor air contamination during construction—requirements?
  9. Radon protection plan for slab—upgrade for crawlspace. (Ellen)
  10. Garage separation and exhaust fan.

9. Awareness and Education (Ellen and group–15 minutes)

  • User Manual—Walkthrough requirements
  • Website established
  • Open house
  • Newspaper article
  • LEED signage


Afternoon Agenda: 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Reconvene at House in Arvada, CO

1. Group tour (Ellen–30 minutes)

2. Identify major hurdles–30 minutes

3. Brainstorming session–30 minutes

BREAK 3:00-3:15

4. Observations from each team member–45 minutes

5. Review next steps–50 minutes

  • Phase 2: Design Development/Energy Modeling
  • Phase 3: Final Design/Implementation/Construction

6. Closing/Goodbye–10 minutes

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