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Sustainable Design of Castaway House by The Ranch Mine

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Castaway House is a renovation project in Phoenix, Arizona, done by The Ranch Mine. Sustainable design concepts were applied, makes this house the first project to be gold certified under the Phoenix Green Construction Code. This house was an 1,000 square-foot, abandoned house, built in 1951.  The name, Castaway, was inspired by a film with the same title starred [...]




 

 

Castaway House is a renovation project in Phoenix, Arizona, done by The Ranch Mine. Sustainable design concepts were applied, makes this house the first project to be gold certified under the Phoenix Green Construction Code.

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This house was an 1,000 square-foot, abandoned house, built in 1951.  The name, Castaway, was inspired by a film with the same title starred by Tom Hanks. The main upgrades were done in  the form of vented wall and roof designs and extended overhangs. Some sustainable strategies were done in order to renovate this house into an eco friendly construction, especially to provide water conservation and energy saving.

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To provide water conservation, this sustainable home building is completed with  two 550-gallon tanks for rainwater collection. The other features are also supported the water saving, such as low-volume irrigation system with evapotranspiration control, and some other water-economic features.

For energy saving, this sustainable home is completed with some energy stars appliances. The design, envelope, and lighting also became important consideration. Insulation applied to protect the house from energy losses. High performance windows were also chosen.

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To provide a complete sustainability, green finishings were chosen. Low VOC and water based paints were chosen.  Recycled materials were used also for some appliances.

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