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Eastern Sierra




Goals of Innovation: This project attempts to do many things at once and to integrate systems and materials at several levels.

Description: Utilizing three different wall systems, two roofing systems, and a multitude of salvaged resources required a great commitment of time and effort on the part of the contractor and architect, and a commitment of resources from the owner. Fortunately, all shared the desire to maximize these elements, and there was general agreement that each was appropriate in its given situation.

Obstacles: The commissioning of the filtration and heat-recovery ventilator required considerable effort. It was necessitated by the fact that no single product meets all the required functions.

Cost Information: While multiple systems enrich the project, some economies of scale were lost because no single material or detail is universal to the entire project.

Additional Benefits/Drawbacks: Finally, a positive lesson is the universal praise and acceptance the project receives from neighbors (who live in decidedly different homes). When things are appropriate and make sense, there is beauty in them that is readily recognized.

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