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Reds, Whites and Green: Winery Follows LEED Formula

Thursday, February 10, 2011

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The first prefabricated-construction winery in California’s Central Valley may aim to produce high-quality reds and whites, but the new establishment is initially getting notice for its “green” credentials.

The winery building is designed to meet LEED Gold standards as set forth by the U.S. Green Building Council, and features a variety of sustainable-design attributes, including the use of zero-VOC coatings that contribute to indoor air quality.

American Modular Systems (AMS)

The winery, and an adjacent prefab home that will follow, are the work of Tony Sarich, co-founder of American Modular Systems (AMS), the manufacturer the Gen7 line of classrooms designed to meet LEED and Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) criteria for green schools, AMS says.
“We learned a tremendous amount about sustainable design when developing Gen7,” Sarich said in an announcement on the project. “Our goal was to create a healthy, energy-efficient learning environment, using the cleanest materials and the latest technology to provide a complete green solution. I want to apply what we've learned to my own home, creating an eco-friendly winery and living space that can be an inspiration to others.”

American Modular Systems (AMS)

Sarich’s goal is to demonstrate how the winery and home reflect his passion for sustainable design and more than 25 years of experience in modular construction. Also, the project demonstrates how far modular, or prefab, design and construction have come, the company says.

Construction began a year ago on the 3,000-square-foot prefabricated winery, named River Vine. The winery and home will be located on Sarich’s 50-acre property in the Lodi Wine Region.

The winery was assembled at the 280,000-square-foot AMS manufacturing facility, which contained costs and minimized waste, AMS says.

Eco-friendly paints and primers were applied to all substrates throughout the winery, the company says. For the walls, Zinsser “Bulls Eye Zero” from Rust-Oleum was used as a primer, followed by application of Dunn-Edwards Corp.’s Ecoshield  zero-VOC, 100% acrylic .

Steel elements were primed with a one-component water-based acrylic primer, “Sierra Performance Griptec” by Rust-Oleum. The topcoat was Rust-Oleum’s “Sierra Performance Enamel,” a two-component water-based epoxy system.

A two-component, water-based topcoat, Rust-Oleum’s “S40,” was used for the floors..

The state-of-the-art winery blends energy-efficient mechanical and electrical systems with green technologies employed in Gen7 schools, AMS says. Roof-mounted solar panels provide enough energy to power the winery, as well as the natural well and future house.

The building envelope includes 100% recycled blue-jean insulation with an R-value of 50 on the roof and walls. LED lights and extensive natural daylighting reduce winery energy usage by a reported 65%.

Like the Gen7 classroom, both the winery and adjacent dwelling will be constructed from recycled and recyclable materials, AMS says. Wood materials are FSC certified and sourced from responsibly managed forests. The exterior siding is 150-year-old reclaimed oak barn wood.

Sarich’s personal residence was designed in partnership with architect Marmol Radziner. The home will be factory-built to LEED Gold standards and delivered in the fall, AMS says.

More information: http://www.gen7schools.com


Tagged categories: Architecture; Commercial Buildings; Design; Green building; Green design; LEED; Sustainability; VOC-free

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