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Daniel E. Williams, FAIA

Forewords by David W. Orr and
Donald Watson, FAIA

John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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Building Performance, According to the Client

Real Goods founder and president John Schaeffer states:

The building is performing famously and even exceeding expectations. Still
never gets over 78ºF in summer even when 110ºF outside, and in the win-
ter we only need one small woodstove to take off the chill even when it is
25ºF outside. The thermal performance is superior to that predicted due to
the added thermal mass of the 2 to 3 inches of soil-cement applied in addi-
tion to the 1-inch base coat, as modeled. This extra mass enables the build-
ing to “bridge” extremely hot or cool periods.

Original projections were to attract 50,000 visitors per year. Since open-
ing in 1997, the site has consistently been visited by over four times that
number. The Solar Living Center has inspired over a million visitors. Now as
home of the nonprofit Solar Living Institute, we hope it will continue for
many years to come. For more information, see

Lessons Learned by the Architects

� Changes would likely include greater use of building-integrated photovoltaic
options and a few finish materials that weren’t available ten years ago. Oth-
erwise the project stands as a good example of second-generation ecological
design, well suited to its climate and program.

The form of the Real
Goods Solar Living

Center by Van der Ryn
Architects is similar to

a sundial.

154 S U S TAI N A B LE D E S I G N

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The building and
outdoor plan are fully
integrated at the
Real Goods Solar
Living Center.

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The Barn at Fallingwater.
This is an adaptive reuse of
a nineteenth-century heavy-
timber bank barn and its
twentieth-century addition,
framed in dimension lumber.
Salvaged fi r, new sunfl ower-
seed composite panels, and
sound-absorptive straw panels
complement the palette of
original materials while
underscoring the structure’s
connection to farming. A
zero-discharge wastewater-
reclamation system, gray-water
fl ushing, and low-fl ow fi xtures
reduce potable water use.
Copyright Nic Lehoux Photography.

Evergreen State College Seminar II. A central open volume allows daylighting,
natural stack ventilation, and visual connections between the academic programs.
To safeguard the site’s forest ecology, the building is fi ngered into the landscape.
Planting features a mix of native species organized according to their natural setting
and replaces the forest disturbed by construction. To reduce the impact of the project
on Thornton Creek and its native salmon, a 20,443-square-foot vegetated roof was
installed. Photo by Lara Swimmer.

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Lloyd Crossing Sustainable Urban Design Plan. Lloyd Crossing is a sustainable neighborhood design and a unique COTE Top Ten entry.
Rather than the typical building or building complex, it illustrates sustainable design as an urban solution—past the building object. This
study has generated extensive discussion internationally and has created a methodology for expanding the scope and criteria for urban
and city infrastructure design. Copyright Mithun.

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