UPDATE: ‘Green Home’ Writer Yet to Submit Permit Request
Last month we reported that USA Today writer Wendy Koch and her husband are building a “dream green house” in Falls Church. Readers soon identified the location as North Virginia Avenue. Ensuing comments reflected considerable local interest, so we are printing an update provided by Ms. Koch on her USA Today website. In her January 7 entry, she reveals that although she had hoped to submit plans to the City for a building permit on January 4, there have been delays. . . .
Yesterday in my architects’ office with its nifty exposed brick walls, I spent my lunch hour hunched over the schematics for my new green home. The task: find a place for the gas furnace.
Our plans had a mechanical room in the basement, so why not just stick it there? Why another meeting? Well, there’s a fine reason for its careful consideration, as there are for so many details in building an ultra-efficient home.
As an earlier post mentions, the planning process often seems more akin to engineering a machine than designing a home. Its success depends on how well the pieces fit together.
Our HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) guys wanted to put the furnace and its equipment as close to the middle of the house as possible. For good reason. Centralizing it creates balanced, efficient air flow because it eliminates 90-degree bends in ductwork.
We found the right spot, but it will require rearranging part of the basement and extra work for my architect, Heather Daley. Alas, we won’t be submitting our plans for permitting this week as I had hoped.
What kind of HVAC system are we using? . . .
Stay tuned for when we’re ready to submit our plans for permitting.
Read the full story here.
By Falls Church Times Staff
January 8, 2010