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Section VII - Architectural Standards 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 7.9 7.10 7.11 Universal Standards, 1 Universal Standards, 2 Universal Standards, 3 Universal Standards, 4 Single Family Home Standards, 1 Single Family Home Standards, 2 Town House & Live/Work Units Standards Multi-Unit House Standards Architectural Design: Courtyard Apartment Standards & Mixed Use Blocks Architectural Design: Sustainable Approach Architectural Design: Green Building TABLE OF CONTENTS © 2008 Verano Land Group, LP and Gateway Planning Group, Inc.

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Section VII - Architectural Standards

7.1

7.2

7.3

7.4

7.5

7.6

7.7

7.8

7.9

7.10

7.11

Universal Standards, 1

Universal Standards, 2

Universal Standards, 3

Universal Standards, 4

Single Family Home Standards, 1

Single Family Home Standards, 2

Town House & Live/Work Units Standards

Multi-Unit House Standards

Architectural Design: Courtyard ApartmentStandards & Mixed Use Blocks

Architectural Design: Sustainable Approach

Architectural Design: Green Building

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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WINDOW TYPES AND COMPOSITIONPRIMARY FACADE DOORS

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ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN Universal Standards

Different window composition

A Palladian window treatment

Window type and composition must work with the architectural style of the building

Italian Renaissance door and window treatments

Typical window and trim treatments

Appropriate accent windows

Window proportions

7.1

Much of a neighborhood’s character is derived from elevations that face the street. When the buildings “play by the same rules,” gracious streetscapes can be created.

Each building should present a welcoming face to the street. Each building facade along the street should contribute to the visual quality of the neighborhood. In this regard, the universal standards illustrated here are most rigorous regarding the primary building facade facing the street or green.

Window type, composition, and proportion are key character-giving elements of the building facade. The characteristics described here are derived from older neighborhoods and selected architectural styles.

The following window types are permitted:Double hung, singe-hung, casement, and awning. Horizontal slider windows are not permitted.

The following window materials are permitted:Wood, metal- or vinyl-clad wood, vinyl, enameled metal, or aluminum. Mill finished aluminum is not permitted.

Individual window proportions shall not be less than 1.6 vertical to 1 horizontal. (Example: A window 30 inches wide must be a minimum of 48 inches high.) Proportions from 2 vertical to 1 horizontal up to 2.5 vertical to 1 horizontal are preferred. Window openings with horizontal proportions should be divided into vertically proportioned or square segments. Separate, small windows (less than 5 square feet) and transom windows are exempted from this regulation.

Windows may be mulled together horizontally up to a maximum total width of 9 feet (or greater if approved by DRC).

Divided-light windows are encouraged. They must either be true divided light or have properly proportioned muntin bars applied to the exterior of the window. Individual panes must be vertically proportioned or square.

Exterior shutters should be in proportion to the window opening. (Example: closed shutters would fully cover the window.)

Specialty windows, such as arches, half rounds, quarter circles, diamonds, and rounds are limited to a maximum of one per elevation unless approved by the DRC.

Doors create a human scale for buildings serving as a welcoming signature. Care should be given to the type, scale, and quality of the selection.

Hinge all doors (except the garage).

Sliding glass doors permitted only on rear or interior side yard.

Permitted door materials are painted or stained wood, hardboard, fiberglass, or metal. Door color selection shall be coordinated with house composition and style.

Double front doors shall be used only on larger homes. The door style must complement the architectural style of the building.

The proposed mix of densities and lot sizes requires careful attention to design details to ensure the desired sense of place and community is achieved. The following architectural standards relate to all building types. They will help ensure that the wide variety of homes proposed for the neighborhoods are compatible with one another. They are derived from architectural patterns found in older districts and from traditional neighborhood design in general.

UNIVERSAL STANDARDS

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WALL MATERIALSMASSING

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ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN Universal Standards

Reducing the number of materials and using them throughout, creates simplicity and harmonyVarious massing arrangements showing gable, dormer and porch

Horizontal change and corner wraping of materials

7.2

Side gable; center gable facing the street; or cross gable with dormers

1-1/2 Story and 2 Story massing compositions are encouraged

Symmetrical or asymmetrical facade composition

Emphasis on horizontal rather than vertical lines

Simple volumes facing the street, more complex configurations in back

Massing sets the overall aesthetics of the building as well as its presence on the street.

Older neighborhoods benefited from a simple vocabulary of materials, including brick, stone, stucco, and wood clapboard and drop siding patterns. Today, many more materials are available to clad buildings. Some are designed to simulate older-style materials at a lower cost or with less maintenance. Reducing the number of options available, as illustrated here, promotes simplicity and harmony.

Wall materials exposed to the weather shall be:Brick, stone, stucco, painted smooth (nontextured) hardboard, smooth-face fiber reinforced cement board, stained cedar shingles, or painted wood.

The number of wall materials used in an elevation, must complement the architectural style. Material changes must generally occur along a horizontal line only, typically at the floor line or a gable end. Vertical changes must occur at logical articulations of the building wall, typically at inside corners only. Place lighter materials above those of heavier weight.

Apply all wall materials horizontally. Permitted siding patterns include: clapboard, shiplap, drop siding, tongue and groove, and shingle coursing.

Wrap material around corners a minimum of 6’.

Historic neighborhoods typically display great consistency in the choice and application of materials to all four elevations of the building.

Build all elevations of an individual principal building of the same (one or two) materials in similar configurations. Semi-detached connectors and accessory buildings are excepted from this standard, but take care that these structures are compatible with the principal building.

Materials must comply with the Smart Code.

Hip with Center Dormer

One Story Front Gable

2-Story “L” with Porch and Gable

Hip with Dormers and 2nd Story Porch

Single hip with projections

Main building with wings and side hips

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ROOF TYPES ROOF MATERIALS & COLOR OVERHANGS & EAVESDORMERS SKIRTING

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN Universal Standards 7.3

The placement and character of dormers are important tools in creating architectural interest. Because they are smaller than primary roof forms, dormers give the building a human scale.

• Dormers must be habitable and have a symmetrical gable, hip, shed, or curved form.

• Place dormers at least 3 feet from the side wall of the dormer to any outside building wall.

• Paint roof penetrations and appurtenances to match or be compatible with the roof color to minimize their visibility (brick and stucco chimneys excepted).

• Deatail and proportion overhangs and eaves to complement the architectural style of the building. Specific suggestions for overhangs can be found in Architectural Style chapter.

• Coordinate appropriate eave treatment (open rafters or closed soffits) with the architectural style.

• Porch slabs on grade are not permitted, except for stoops 18 inches or less in height.

• Enclose the area underneath the porch

with skirting consisting of masonry, wood boards, or lattice.

• Construct porch steps of wood or masonry to appear solid. Open risers are not allowed.

• The use of drop-lugs is encouraged to bring masonry to grade level.

Much of a neighbordhood’s character derives from the simplicity of the roof forms. Great variety can be achived with a handful of primary roof forms combined with smaller secondary accents.

• Different roof types may require different roofing material compatible with the chosen architectural style.

• Place large flues, swamp coolers, satellite dishes, and other significiant appurtenances towards the rear of the home and lot to minimize visibility from public streets.

Color variation with roofing materials is especially important to create diversity and arcitectural interest.

• Primary pitched roofs may be asphalt shingle, standing seam metal roof, or clay tile, depending on the architectural style .

• For single - family detached houses, use at least three roof colors per block face.

• Coordinate the roof color with the building’s wall colors and architectural style.

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ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN Universal Standards

FRONT PORCH EXPRESSION OF ELEMENTS EXTERIOR TRIM & EMBELLISHMENTS

7.4

Generous front porches raised above the sidewalk make a strong statement about each home’s relationship to the street and the community. Particularly on small lots, front porches can serve as outdoor living rooms, hosting family events and providing social places for the street.

The front porch is the place to create architectural interest and variety. Be creative in the use of column brackets, railing pickets, trim and moldings, entry door transoms, sidelights & door trim.

Coordinate column and other detailing with the chosen architectural style. A variety of porch sizes and details is encouraged, particularly for Green and Garden Court homes.

Front porches may be either appended or recessed. Provide at least the minimum quantities and sizes stated in the Neighborhood Design chapter. Porches are encouraged to reflect the design qualities outlined in the Architectural Style chapter.

A variety of porch sizes and details is encouraged, particularly for Green and Garden Court homes.

Establish a desirable human scale next to pedestrian routes and at building entrances with porches, arcades, and other one story elements.

Oversized entry or porch elements, exceeding one story in height, are not permitted.

To ensure that elements on the primary facade are presented with authenticity, cerfully select quality materials and techniques to assemble them.

• Each porch element should be expressed, with clear articulation of the deck platform, railings, columns, header trim surround, porch ceiling, soffit, fascia, gutter and roof. Enclose porch rafters and/or ceiling joists with a porch ceiling. If plywood is used for porched ceiling, cover visible butt joints with an orderly batten pattern.

• Railings need a top cap, top and bottom rails, and balusters or pickets spanning between. The openings between balusters cannot exceed 4 inches.

Trim elements like windows and doors contribute to a building’s expression of style and quality.

• Trim windows and doors with a minimum of 2 inch wide brickmold, or a minimum of 1 by 4 inch painted wood or smooth (nontextured) hardboard trim. With stucco walls, a minimum 1-inch deep raised relief around the window may be used instead of trim.

• Make trim, rake, and eave moldings consistent with the building’s architectural style.

• Do not link windows on the first and second stories with exterior trim and/or different siding treatments.

• Exterior column dimensions must be at lest 6 by 6 inches in nominal size. See the architectural Style chapter for examples of column styles.

A gracious front porch is raised above the sidewalk, providing a welcoming face to the street. Example of homes with embellismentsPorch detail Exterior trim treatmentsWindow trim options

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ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN Single Family Home Standards

BUILDING ARTICULATION ALONG A STREET HALF STORIES PREFERRED BAYS & PROJECTIONS

PORCH HEIGHT ABOVE WALK

INTERIOR ARTICULATION

7.5

SINGLE FAMILY HOMESOlder single family neighborhoods contain many architectural styles but still work together to create unity and harmony. The efforts of individual designers and builders will contribute to graceful, varied, yet unified streetscapes. These standards will help achieve that goal. The following diagrams and images illustrate key architectural considerations for single family detached homes. Additional architectural standards can be found in the Universal Standards section. Landscaping standards can be found in the Landscape Design section.

• For single family detached homes, the primary building elevation towards the street needs at least one articula-tion or change in plane. For lots less than 50 feet wide, the primary build-ing elevation should not have more than three articulations, unless ap-proved by the DRC. Lots 50 feet and wider should not have more than four articulations, unless approved by the DRC.

• Side elevations facing a street are sub-ject to the articulations requirements for the primary facade of that building type.

Historic neighborhoods derive ther char-acter from the simplicity of architectural forms. Buildings should emphasize one primary architectural form with supporting secondary elements. Too much complexity or competing primary forms will under-mine this goal.

• An articulation is the connection of an open porch to the building, a dormer facing the street, a well defined entry element, a horizontal offset of at least 2 feet in the principal building wall for a minimum 4 feet in width, or a change in the height of front elevation rooflines by at least one story.

• Roofs must strive to contain habitable space. This can be accomplished by lowering second story plate heights and or using dormers. In-corporate third stories within the principal roof.

• Bays and projections must have at least three sides. They must be supported by structural brackets or extend to the ground.

• Projecting balconies must use the same ar-chitectural vocabulary of design, material, and color as the front porch. If no front porch is provided, these balconies must re-flect the overall design of the building. Bal-cony supports must be provided in the form of columns or brackets.

• For single family detached homes on lots less than 50 feet wide, a minimum of one articu-lation is required along each side building elevation.

• Acceptable side articulations include a 2 foot offset for a minimum of 4 feet in width, a change in height of one story, a side or rear porch with a minimum length of 6 feet, or a detached garage.

• Elevate front porches for single family de-tached houses above the front walk by at least 18 inches. Heights between 18 inches and 30 inches are preferred.

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ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN Single Family Home Standards

• Each building should strive to pres-ent one primary roof form. Secondary roofs include porch roofs, dormers, bays, cross gables, and hips.

• The arrangement of different roof forms, such as primary front gable alternating with primary side gable or primary hip roof, is highly encour-aged.

• Design accessory buildings so they are clearly secondary to the principal building. Whenever possible, use win-dows, doors, balconies, and dormers to create architectural interest and “eyes” on the alley.

• Accessory buildings include detached garage, detached storage buildings, and garage with a separate living unit above them (Carriage Units). Accesso-ry buildings, must employ similar ma-terials, building and roof forms, and window proportions to the principal building’s architectural style.

• The range of permitted roofs pitches for the selected architectural styles are stated in the Architectural Style chapter.

• Secondary roof slopes can be as shallow as 3:12. Flat roofs on single family detached homes are permitted only when they are intended for oc-cupancy and can be accessed directly from an interior room. Flat roofs must have railings or parapet walls.

Accessory buildings play an important role in neighborhoods, both in terms of use and their ability to shape the positive out-door space of each lot.

• Retain all or some second story square footage within the volume of the sec-ond story roof. Achieve this by using dormers and lower plate heights.

• Lots must use the alley for rear garage access.

• Carriage Units required on all Alley Cor-ner Lots

• Principal roofs for single family de-tached houses shall be symmetrical gable or hip. Other principal roof types, such as gambrel or mansard, are acceptable if historically appro-priate and approved by the DRC.

• Mono pitches (shed roofs) are permit-ted only as secondary roofs when at-tached to a vertical wall.

• The alternating placement of 1 1/2 - story and 2 - story building masses on adjacent lots is strongly encouraged.

The semi-detached garage creates excellent opportunities for positive outdoor space in the

backyard

A modest size carriage unit over a detached garage helps animate the alley.

A typical detached garage placed with a zero lot line helps create positive outdoor space.

Breezeways, as shown, are permitted in scale with semi-detached connectors

ROOF TYPES PERMITED PERMITED ROOF PITCHES CARRIAGE UNIT CHARACTERROOF FORMS

7.6

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ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN Town House Standards

BREAKS BETWEEN GROUPSTOWN HOUSE TYPES PRESENTATION AT CORNERS

The Live/Work entry is immediately accessible at grade

The Split Level Town House entry is higher above and further back from the sidewalk

The Backyard Town House entry is closer to the ground and sidewalkThe three row house prototypes employ a similar lot configuration to respond to different use and amenity preferences. The Split Level Town House provides the convenience of an attached garage tucked underneath second-floor dining, kitchen, and outdoor living areas. Entry porches and raised front yards create a strong presence along the street. The Backyard Town House uses a detached garage to create small and intimate courtyards. Finally, a Live/Work version allows for a large portion of the first floor to be used for studio or workspace with direct access from the street. Living space is located conveniently above the work space.

TOWN HOUSES

BACKYARD TOWN HOUSE

Elevate covered entries at least 18 inches above the abutting sidewalk. This is similar to patterns for single-family houses.

Provide private exterior space for Backyard Town Houses by creating a garden/terrace between the garage and row house.

LIVE/WORK TOWN HOUSE

Front entrances must employ a recessed arcade or awnings, allowing direct access at grade. This is similar to Main Street storefront patterns.

Break up long lines of row houses to pro-vide visual relief and pedestrian access to alleys.

Create a separation of at least 12 feet every 200 feet or every 10 row houses.

Do not place separations where row houses create terminated vistas at a perpendicular street.

The relationship of buildings to one another and the street is especially important at corners.

Buildings on corner lots must address both streets. All corner lots are typically slightly wider for the sideyard setback along the street and to allow for building articulation and side porches.

Carefully consider the articulation used where a line of row houses reaches the street corner.

Celebrate the corner with an angled facet addressing the corner, a recessed entry, a tower form, or similar architectural treat-ment.

At the end of a line of Town Houses (side elevation), include appropriate articulation, windows, and interesting architectural ele-ments. Appropriate articulation for side el-evations is equal to that called for on front elevations.

Place garages for end units towards the street to shield any adjacent surface park-ing spaces.

SPLIT LEVEL TOWN HOUSE

The following standards gracefully accommodate the split-level design that allows for garages to be tucked under row house living areas.

Provide a raised front yard at least 2 feet above the sidewalk.

Elevate covered entries for Split Level Town Houses from 4 feet to 7 feet above the abutting sidewalk.

Provide private exterior space for Split Level Town Houses on the second floor at the rear above the garage.

7.7

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ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN Multi-Unit Home Standards

PRESENTATION AT CORNERSARCHITECTURE AND ENTRY ARTICULATION ENTRY AREAS PRIVATE EXTERIOR SPACE

COMMON AREAS

Street Corner Type Multi-Unit Home

Typical four-unit Multi-Unit Home organization Typical six-unit Multi-Unit Home organization

The Multi-Unit Home combines several residences within one structure designed to resemble a large single-family home. The prototype illustrated here is for a four-unit building that provides attached garages accessed from rear alleys. Different-sized buildings may be combined along a block face. When located on corners, Multi-Unit Homes provide porches and entries on both elevations facing the street. When located on the block interior, a “family” of entrances between two buildings provides gracious access to the upper-floor residences.

One goal for Verano is to create a handsome and timeless architecture based on San Antonio’s historic neighborhoods. These neighborhoods derive much of their character from the simplic-ity of architectural forms. Buildings at Verano should emphasize one primary architectural form with supporting secondary elements. Too much complexity or competing primary forms undermine this goal.

An articulation is defined as the connection of an open porch to the building, a dormer facing the street, a well defined entry element, a hori-zontal offset of at least 2 feet in the principal building wall for a minimum 4 feet in width, or a change in the height of front elevation roof-lines by at least one story.

The primary building elevation of Multi-Unit Homes on lots 80 feet wide or narrower require at least two articulations, but not more than four.

The primary building elevation of Multi-Unit Homes on lots greater than 80 feet wide re-quires at least four articulations, but not more than six, unless approved.

The relationship of buildings to one an-other and the street is especially impor-tant at corners.

Buildings on corner lots must address both streets. All corner lots are typi-cally slightly wider to accommodate the side yard setback along a street and al-low for building articulation and side porches.

Multi-Unit Homes with attached garages on corner lots must have entry porches on both elevations facing the street.

Side elevations facing a street are sub-ject to the articulation requirements for the primary facade of that building.

For Multi-Unit Homes with attached garages, public access is provided via a common entry and porch on the side of the building, while direct private access occurs from the garages.

Place individual entries at ground level facing the street.

Any Multi-Unit Homes with attached garages that are located on a corner lot must have side entries to upper floor units placed facing the street.

Pairs of Multi-Unit Homes with attached garages on the interior lots have entry porches placed facing each other and common pedestrian access from the street.

Multi-Unit Homes with surface parking have entry porches located on the front and rear building elevations.

Each Multi-Unit Home will provide one outdoor space directly accessible from living/dining areas. This space may be provided as a covered porch, patio, or balcony. It must be at least 6 feet deep and a total of 72 square feet.

Locate common areas, circulation paths, and building entries and porches where they are most visible from the street and from home interiors.

MULTI-UNIT HOMES

7.8

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COURTYARD APARTMENTS AND STACKED FLATS MIXED USE BLOCKS (LOFT OR OFFICE OVER RETAIL)

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN

Courtyard Apartments - Mixed Use Blocks 7.9

MASSING, FACADE DESIGN, MATERIALS

Buildings should have a coherent formal vocabulary and exhibit a hierarchy in their composition. Buildings fronting major pub-lic spaces should have relatively simple fronts and roofs, with wings and plan articulations on secondary sides. Buildings should have a distinctly different bottom, top, and middle. Well defined roof lines are greatly encouraged. An expression line should delineate division between the ground floor and upper floors. The ground floor should have higher plate height than the upper floors. Pitched roofs are recommended for smaller buildings. A cornice should delineate the tops of facades for buildings with a flat roof. The use of arcades, porches, and colonnades is strongly recommended. Corner conditions need to be distinguished by a specially articulated portion of the building addressing both frontages in a similar manner. Buildings should be 2-4 stories high. Entries to the buildings should be well expressed (covered, recessed) and should be apparent.

Windows should be vertically proportioned and utilize distinct frames, materials, and colors for window surrounds. Awnings and shutters are recommended in accord with the building style selected. Wall-to-roof transition is a strong flavor giver and should be given special care to create a regionally appropriate expression. Building planes should avoid the large monolithic appear-ance of uninterrupted sameness; rather, they should be differentiated for reasons of scale, light control, and relatedness to the space they face or enclose. No mechanical equipment should be mounted on the exterior of the building in public view.

Acceptable wall materials for courtyard apartments are: stone, brick or a combination of the two, stucco, cast stone, rock, marble, granite, tile, and glass block. Also acceptable are Hardi planks and sheets, and textured or patterned pored-in-place concrete with integrated color. EIFS can be used only as accent material. Acceptable roofing materials are: standing seam metal roof, stone and clay roof tile.

A Mixed Use Block is the quintessential T6 block that makes active urban life possible. The first 20-30 ft on the ground are used for public or commercial functions, upper levels are generally residential. The lower part of the building changes over time, the higher part is generally unchanged. This is a high-density building type and is found in city centers. The ground level is permeable for a seamless connection between inside and outside necessary for a continuous pedestrian experience.

Apartment buildings are one of the principal building types in T5 and T6. They falls into the category of medium-high residential density and serve as a transition from town homes to taller mixed-use buildings with lofts over retail. These building types contribute a nice scale to the street edge and form a moderately busy street. A courtyard is a design feature traditionally found in Central and South Texas.

GROUND FLOOR, ADDRESSING OPEN SPACE, DETAILS

Many provisions applicable to courtyard apartment buildings also apply to mixed-use blocks. What is listed below are additional requirements specific to this building type:

A. Ground floor openness is critical for the street experience. Its height needs to be 15 ft or more and 60% of the walls at this level should have transparent storefront windows. For colonnades, arcades, and porches column spacing should be equal or less than the column height. Buildings facing major open space should relate to it by using porches, arcades or colonnades as well as have a meaningful functional connection. Buildings should relate to each other in terms of scale and materials. Building sur-rounding the same public space should utilize: 1) The same architectural character, 2) Similar floor or cornice height, 3) Similar treatment of wall-to-roof transition, and 4) Similar treatment of door and window openings.

B. Buildings should be interwoven with landscaping for desired aesthetic and functional results. Open space between buildings should not be a leftover space but rather typologically identifiable as pedestrian ways, forecourts, urban gardens, courtyards and playgrounds. Additions and expansions to buildings should be inspired by the original building character and be in harmony with the original design intent. Buildings at street terminations and building at corners should acknowledge their special location by specific design elements. Such elements may be more than one story high and may be enhanced by towers and arcades.

C. Windows, doors, and trim should be compatible with the architectural style. Specialty windows, such as circles, ovals, and fans, can be used but sparingly and for accent purposes only and should be of the same materials as the rest of the windows. Awnings are encouraged. Roofing and exterior materials are the same as courtyard apartments.

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ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN Sustainable Approach 7.10

SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGIES

COMMUNITY SOLAR HEATING

ZERO - ENERGY HOUSE (SECTION)

In the last several years, concerns about global worming, dependence on oil, and the high cost of energy, have pushed development of sustainable technologies on several fronts. The use of renewable energy has gone up considerably, recycling programs are expanding, green building is an important part of the discourse in the construction industry, and new less toxic and more environmentally friendly products are being developed. Due to LEED program initiatives and rating system, mainstream thinking in the planning and design profession is already shifting and includes environmental concerns almost on a regular basis.

The result is that many new sustainable technologies are already available in the market place at a reasonable cost, and newer ones are being developed constantly. More and more municipalities are introducing rebate programs for solar power generation through photo voltaics as well as offering the “green” energy option. Clean air and daylighting, intelligent buildings, “greening” of large production facilities, and green roofing on a major scale are all taking place across the nation. New developments must include sustainable design on their list of major concerns and make it a matter of their primary responsibility from preliminary design to implementation.

Verano promises to become a living laboratory for physical and social sustainability as the aca-demic program of Texas A&M San Antonio evolves next door.

1. Wind turbine

2. Solar photovoltaics and solar - heated panels

3. Stairwell ventilation shaft for exhaust air

4. Radiant cooling concrete slabs for occupied spaces

5. Geothermal system tubes down to bedrock

GREEN ROOF

ZERO - ENERGY HOUSE

“CRADLE TO CRADLE” CONCEPT

The ultimate aim of sustainable design is the creation of what is called “Cradle to Cradle” or C2C structures and products. Created by architect William McDonough and chemist Michael Braungart. and fundamentally different from the current “Cradle to Grave” practices, the protocol for C2C structures calls for an approach by which structures and products are designed from the outset so that, after their useful lives, they provide nourishment to something new. In other words, all components and materials are used again and again and waste as a concept is completely elimi-nated. Although we are still years away from C2C structures, here are some technologies that will take us closer.

1. Flexible structural systems 2. Low impact foundation systems3. Green roof technologies4. Improved photo voltaic cells design5. Use of geothermal energy6. Natural air ventilation 7. Zero-carbon emission designs

8. Zero-energy loss designs9. Intelligent buildings 10. On-site power plants11. Utilization of vertical gardens12. Use of wind turbines13. “Living machine” waste water treatment 14. Rain water collection systems

CANVAS SHADING

MOTORIZED WINDOWS TUBE SKYLIGHT

LOW IMPACT FOOTINGS

TENSILE STRUCTURES NATURAL VENTILATION

NATURAL VENTILATION1. Building exposes maximum surface to breezes.2. Awning windows promote airflow into the building @ 1st & 2nd floors.3. Inlet and outlet openings are located in opposite pressure zones.4. Openings on all sides force airflow to change direction increasing ven-

tilated area.5. Larger outlet than inlet area produces higher velocity - best for hot/

humid climates.

CREATIVE RECYCLING

1. Fly-ash cement2. Insulated concrete forms - ICF3. Structural insulating panels – SIPS4. Ductless air conditioners5. Dual flush toilets6. Waterless urinals7. Light-powered lavatories8. Bamboo flooring9. Solar glass block10. Water operated air conditioners11. Touch-free faucets12. Green roof block cover system13. Green roof membranes14. “Green” washing machines15. Organic-based spray insulation16. Non-toxic paints 17. Non-toxic carpets

MATERIALS AND PRODUCTS

GRASS PAVERSAIR CHIMNEY

POROUS PAVING

GREEN ROOF BLOCKBUILDING SKIN

NEW HEAT PUMP

NATURAL VENTILATION

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ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN Green Building

Glazed Thermal Buffer

Rain Water Harvesting Daylighting Schemes Natural Ventilation Slab from Recyled Waste Products Glass Roof - PhotoVoltaics

Modern “Dog-Trot” Creative Recyling

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CLIMATIC DESIGN - MATERIAL SELECTION

Climatic Design: By taking advantage of site resources, such as solar energy, shade, breeze, and rain, a building’s heating and cooling loads can be reduced. For example, day-lighting can offset electrical lighting costs, and collected rainwater can fulfill some or all building’s water needs. Since summer is the dominant climatic condition in south Texas, green building design needs to focus on minimizing solar gain during summer months and maximizing natural ventila-tion, daylight and shade.

The above effects can be achieved by applying the following in building design:

1. Building orientation2. Building overhangs3. Interior and exterior shading devices4. Arcades, porches, and trellises5. Landscape plants and trees6. Rainwater collection tanks

Material Selection: There is increasing evidence that high-emitting building materials contrib-ute to poor indoor and outdoor air quality. Materials with high embodied energy are associated with significant CO2 releases which contributes to climate change. Rapidly renewable materials such as bamboo, cork, cotton, straw, and natural linoleum have regeneration cycles the harvest of which has a limited impact on surrounding areas. Many are biodegradable and often require less energy to manufacture than traditional materials.

A green building approach to material selection includes the following actions:

1. Specifying low-emitting materials to improve indoor air quality.2. Avoiding materials that use energy-intensive manufacturing practices and are transported over long distances.3. Specifying materials with a maximum 10-year growth cycle.4. Specifying FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified wood.5. Conserving natural resources by specifying materials with high recycled content.6. Conserving raw materials and save money by reusing existing products and materials.7. Using chemical-free termite control to avoid contaminating the building site.

ENERGY & WATER - CONTRUCTION AND OPERATIONS

Energy and Water: Mechanical equipment, water, and wastewater, represent one of the most complex systems within the building. Innovative mechanical design in hot and humid places such as central Texas can be an additional design challenge. Climatic design principles are often combined with high-tech tools such as energy modeling software to best estimate cooling and heating loads in order the properly size mechanical equipment.

Green building approach addresses these issues with the following measures:

1. Minimizing the HVAC load by optimizing the building envelope.2. Using day-lighting strategies to reduce the heat load.3. Proper-sizing the HVAC equipment.4. Installing renewable energy infrastructure (photo-voltaic panels, solar water heating).5. Installing occupancy sensors for tuning lights off and on.6. Avoiding the use of CFC based refrigeration.7. Installing low-flow plumbing fixtures and dual flush toilets.8. Exploring the use of composting toilets.

Construction and Operations: Conventional construction methods are often wasteful and highly pol-luting. In some cases, building construction is the single greatest disturbance of site in terms of its chemistry, waste generation, contamination, and vegetation. The long-term success of green buildings relies on environmentally sound construction and operations procedures. A building designed with green features will achieve enhanced performance only if it is properly built and operated.

Green building design requires the following during construction and operation:

1. Diverting waste from landfills by recycling construction debris (concrete, soil, cardboard, clean wood, gypsum board, steel, aluminum, paint).2. Providing an operating manual with on how to operate and maintain the building over time.3. Establishing an air quality monitoring and protection program.4. Establishing a tree protection program.5. Establishing site boundary restrictions.

GREEN BUILDING

This page addresses sustainable design standards, also known as green building standards. The purpose behind it is to create a sustainable design mindset as well as identify a tangible set of green building principles that can be applied to building design at Verano. The term “green building” today is synonymous with “sustainable” and “high performance” building. It signifies an approach that incorporates environmentally healthy, socially responsible, and cost-effective strategies into the design, construction, and operation of buildings.

A green building approach often combines high-tech with low-tech strategies, such as coupling photo-voltaic panels with natural ventilation to create a comfortable and energy efficient indoor condition. Similarly, a rainwater harvesting system enhances the effectiveness of low-water landscape design’s use of potable water. It is a thoughtful, innovative design that works with nature to maximize building performance.

The general strategies for designing, constructing, and operating green buildings are:

1. Climatic Design2. Material Selection3. Energy and Water4. Construction and Operation