THE DWIGHT WAY
Our goal for this 9-unit project was to use time tested methods to minimize energy use and to rely heavily on salvaged, recycled, and low-toxic finishes to rejuvenate a busy Berkeley street corner. We remodeled an existing turn of the century corner store and added a new mixed-use building next door. Simple energy upgrades in the existing building improved energy performance by 280%. Our passive solar design strategies helped the new building beat the states energy efficiency requirements by almost 50%.
Heavy reliance on salvaged and recycled materials saved tremendous amounts of manufacturing energy and reduced overall environmental impacts. Repurposed street signs and car parts add levity and intrigue to the city’s visual landscape. The unusual juxtapositions hint at the more extensive but hidden green features.