Construction is well under way on the Fabrikant House. Interior finishes are in and the project is getting close to completion.
This Habitat for Humanity project has just received two awards. Both the main house and the ADU were awarded 2014 City of Santa Cruz Green Building Awards. Boone Low Ratliff Architects, Inc. also achieved a Habitat for Humanity 2014 Building Homes & Hope Partnership Award for supporting affordable homes in Santa Cruz County.
The Habitat for Humanity main house, constructed from SIPs (Structural Insulated panels), has achieved the required energy efficiency to qualify for a California Advanced Homes Grant. The house will be 45% more efficient than the standard California home. To qualify, the house was extensively HERS tested.
Jacquelyn Low has passed the rigorous international exam to become a Certified Passive House Designer. She took the international passive house training course from the Passive House Academy staff fall 2011. “I am thrilled to have passed this exam. It is excellent training and I’m a greener Architect having achieved the certification.”
The Live Oak Resource Center has been awarded a LEED Platinum rating, a first in Santa Cruz County. This building is also the 10,000th project to receive LEED certification in the United States, a significant milestone for the U.S. Green Building Council.
“This award affirms Boone Low Ratliff Architects’ long-standing commitment to creating sustainable architecture. We are grateful to the County of Santa Cruz, the clients and staff of the Live Oak Resource Center, and the talented members of our project team for partnering with us to achieve this goal.”