Florida Carbon Challenge Design Requirements

Florida Carbon Challenge Design Requirements

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Design Criteria

  1. The home must be designed to meet the architectural requirements of the RiverTown Development (39 Riverwalk Blvd, St. Johns, FL 32259), a Florida housing development. A simplified version of the architectural requirements for this community is available as exhibit A (see below). Any discrepancy will be reviewed by the judges as to whether it is cause for disqualification. The site plan, photos of the lot, and photos of existing homes in the development are available as exhibit B (see below).
  2. The design is for a home to be lived in by four persons (two working parents and two children). It shall be between 2,000 and 2,500 square feet of living area and include porches and/or decks as extended living space.
  3. For carbon calculation purposes, end-of-life treatment may be assumed to include combustion with energy recovery, where applicable.
  4. Of the major structural systems in the home, including floors/foundation, walls, and roof, at least two must be constructed with wood as the primary structural component.

Exhibit A: Architectural Requirements

  • Florida Lot 5 PlanHome shall be designed with consideration of the Summary of Architectural Pattern Book for RiverTown.
  • Examples of the five architectural styles are included:
    1. American Farm House: Example 1, Example 2, Example 3, Example 4
    2. Arts and Crafts Movement: Example 1, Example 2, Example 3, Example 4
    3. Classic Colonial Revival: Example 1Example 2Example 3Example 4
    4. Mediterranean: Example 1Example 2Example 3Example 4
    5. Southern Vernacular: Example 1Example 2Example 3Example 4
  • In addition to the minimum porch/stoop height of 24” as specified, minimum first floor elevation shall be 28” above finish grade.
  • Lot #5 has been selected as the location of the home to be designed. View a PDF of the RiverTown lot survey, including the exact lot dimensions (or view a JPG excerpt of Lot #5 only). Note that it is a corner lot. Minimum setbacks for this lot are as follows:
    • Front: 10' to porch and 20' to house with a maximum of 25' to house
    • Rear: 7' minimum or 16’ minimum for off alley parking
    • Side: 5' adjacent to lot, 7' adjacent to street (unique to this lot)
  • The home design shall include a minimum 2-car garage with access from the rear alley.
  • The design is for a home to be lived in by four persons (two working parents and two children). It shall be between 2,000 and 2,500 square feet of living area and include porches and/or decks as extended living space.

Exhibit B: Homesite

 
View the RiverTown homesite map, featuring the location of the Carbon Challenge home design lot.

Photos of the Carbon Challenge home design lot:

Florida Carbon Challenge Lot Photos


Examples of other homes in the RiverTown development:

Florida Surrounding Homes


Judging Criteria

Category Percentage
1. Each participant of the Florida Carbon Challenge will be provided with free access to the ATHENA EcoCalculator for Residential Assemblies from the Athena Institute to determine the LCA (life cycle assessment) global warming potential impact measure for their design. That score is based on cradle-to-grave life-cycle (from extraction of raw materials, to product manufacture, to completion of structure, to structure demolition) and includes fossil fuel energy use. A printout of the global warming potential impact measure from the ATHENA EcoCalculator for Residential Assemblies is required with each submission to the Carbon Challenge Design Competition and will be reviewed for accuracy by the Athena Institute prior to final judging.
Note: Any design provisions which you feel positively affect the global warming potential of your design and are not recognized by the EcoCalculator software may be independently reviewed by The Athena Institute and the judges for consideration in the competition. If you think that your design has a significant positive feature(s) that are outside the scope of the EcoCalculator, please provide a written statement of why you believe those specific aspects of your design positively affect global warming potential.
 60%
2. Operational energy use, including heating and cooling and hot water  15%
3. Affordability and constructability  10%
4. Aesthetics and livability  15%
Total 100%

Rules

  1. Entries shall be an original single-family home design by the submitting designer.
  2. The winning entrants shall indemnify and hold APA harmless from any proceedings or claims asserted against APA resulting from materials solely furnished by the Winning Entrant involving copyright infringement, violations of personal rights of privacy, misappropriation of ideas or rights and literary piracy or plagiarism, excepting claims arising from materials or information furnished by APA or from matters with respect to which the Winning Entrant has advised APA, in writing, of the legal risks involved and APA, by its specific approval, has assumed the risks thereof, in which cases APA shall so indemnify the Winning Entrant.
  3. Entries shall be designed to meet the requirements of the 2007 Florida Building Code, Residential, including Chapter 11 Energy Efficiency.
  4. The design criteria for the competition are listed separately and must be met to be eligible for cash prizes.
  5. To maintain anonymity, registered competitors will be given a registration number. Entry submittals shall only be identified by the registration number, and not with any name or company name.
  6. Entries shall be sent in PDF format for electronic viewing by the judges. Each entry must be wholly contained within a single PDF. There is no limit to the number of pages in the PDF to be submitted. Each entry shall include the following minimum views: all four elevations, floor plan(s), at least two sections, site plan, and a 3D view of some sort (perspective, axonometric, 3D model, or a photograph of a model). No actual models will be accepted. Entrants are encouraged to offer as many explanatory drawings as possible. The global warming potential impact measure report from the Residential version (not the Commercial version) of the ATHENA EcoCalculator must also be included within the submitted PDF.
  7. Those eligible to enter include architects, building designers, and engineers who have designed at least one building in Florida during the past five years. APA employees and judges are not eligible to enter.
  8. Individual entrants may submit only one design for consideration. There is no limit to the number of individual entrants that may be associated with any specific design firm.
  9. APA shall possess unrestricted rights to publicize the designs of the three finalists and honorable mention winners, including reproduction on websites, publications, and trade magazines. The designer shall retain all common law, statutory and other reserved rights for the design, including the copyright. In the event that an individual or company wishes to construct the house featured, they will be directed to contact the winning designer.
  10. Winners may not be granted if, in the opinion of the judges, there are no entries which meet the standards and criteria of the competition.