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The Sustainable Residence's southern exposure facilitates passive solar. Active systems, such as photovoltaic panels and a wind turbine, also contribute to the project's sustainability.

Modular 4, Sustainable Residence and Prescott Passive House, Kansas City, Kan.

Modular 4, Sustainable Residence and Prescott Passive House, Kansas City, Kan.

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    Studio 804 staggered Modular 4’s floor plan to separate public and private space.

  • Studio 804 used bamboo flooring throughout Modular 4's interior.

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    Studio 804 used bamboo flooring throughout Modular 4's interior.

  • Modular 4's white roof reflects the sun's heat, providing a passive cooling effect. Siding consists of Brazilian hardwood and recycled aluminum panels.

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    Modular 4's white roof reflects the sun's heat, providing a passive cooling effect. Siding consists of Brazilian hardwood and recycled aluminum panels.

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    Modular 4's white roof reflects the sun's heat, providing a passive cooling effect. Siding consists of Brazilian hardwood and recycled aluminum panels.

  • Modular 4's floor plan.

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    Modular 4's floor plan.

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    Modular 4's floor plan.

  • The off-the-grid Sustainable Residence earned a LEED Platinum rating, becoming the first local project to do so.

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    The off-the-grid Sustainable Residence earned a LEED Platinum rating, becoming the first local project to do so.

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    The off-the-grid Sustainable Residence earned a LEED Platinum rating, becoming the first local project to do so.

  • Operable louvers shade the kitchen while letting daylight into the space.

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    Operable louvers shade the kitchen while letting daylight into the space.

  • Studio 804 designed the Sustainable Residence with a pitched roof so that it could fit a second level above the kitchen and garage.

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    Studio 804 designed the Sustainable Residence with a pitched roof so that it could fit a second level above the kitchen and garage.

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    Studio 804 designed the Sustainable Residence with a pitched roof so that it could fit a second level above the kitchen and garage.

  • The Sustainable Residence's southern exposure facilitates passive solar. Active systems, such as photovoltaic panels and a wind turbine, also contribute to the project's sustainability.

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    The Sustainable Residence's southern exposure facilitates passive solar. Active systems, such as photovoltaic panels and a wind turbine, also contribute to the project's sustainability.

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    The Sustainable Residence's southern exposure facilitates passive solar. Active systems, such as photovoltaic panels and a wind turbine, also contribute to the project's sustainability.

  • Prescott Passive House's super-insulated, extremely airtight building envelope helped it achieve Passive House certification.

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    Prescott Passive House's super-insulated, extremely airtight building envelope helped it achieve Passive House certification.

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    Prescott Passive House's super-insulated, extremely airtight building envelope helped it achieve Passive House certification.

  • The LEED Platinum Prescott Passive House's interior flooring is concrete.

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    The LEED Platinum Prescott Passive House's interior flooring is concrete.

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    The LEED Platinum Prescott Passive House's interior flooring is concrete.

  • Louvers and a burned-wood skin clad the Prescott Passive House's exteriors.

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    Louvers and a burned-wood skin clad the Prescott Passive House's exteriors.

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    Louvers and a burned-wood skin clad the Prescott Passive House's exteriors.

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The judges bestowed one collective Grand award on the three entries from Studio 804, the University of Kansas design/build program led by Dan Rockhill. “We want to encourage this direction,” said one juror, commending the studio’s “continued research” into single-family housing solutions.

With each project, Rockhill and his students have explored a different facet of residential design and building, often expanding on the previous year’s effort. In 2007, they created Modular 4, a prefab, 1,500-square-foot home in Kansas City, Kan. The next year they shifted their focus away from residential work and onto a sustainable prototype for an arts center in tornado-devastated Greensburg, Kan. “That building really charted the course for our interest in LEED,” Rockhill notes. The studio’s 2009 project, the Sustainable Residence in Kansas City, achieved a LEED Platinum rating. And its 2010 undertaking, the affordable Prescott Passive House (again in Kansas City), not only reached LEED Platinum status, but also is a certified Passive House.

Studio 804’s consistent push for attractive, eco-friendly housing impressed the judges. “We’re trying to prove that you don’t have to give up good design to do sustainable work,” Rockhill says. He and his students have succeeded at that effort time and again. Currently, they’re working on another sustainable project, the new Center for Design Research at the University of Kansas.

Our sister publication, ecohome, highlighted the Prescott Passive House as an affordable spec house for qualified buyers. Read the article.


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product details

modular 4

bathroom and kitchen cabinets: IKEA, www.ikea.com; bathroom fittings: Kohler, www.kohler.com; bathroom fixtures: Aquarius, www.aquariusproducts.com, Kohler, www.kohler.com; countertops: PaperStone, www.paperstoneproducts.com; Fisher & Paykel, www.fisherpaykel.com; doors: Häfele America Co., www.hafele.com/us, Loewen, www.loewen.com, Raydoor, www.raydoor.com; exterior siding: Alcoa Architectural Products, www.alcoa.com, Bozovich Timber Products, www.bozovich.com; flooring: BuildDirect, www.builddirect.com; garage doors: Amarr Garage Doors, www.amarr.com; garbage disposer: InSinkErator, www.insinkerator.com; hardware: Cottin’s Hardware and Rental, www.cottinshardware.com, Häfele America Co., www.hafele.com/us; hvac equipment: Kansas Trane Service, www.kansastrane.com; insulation: Central Fiber Corp., www.centralfiber.com; kitchen fixtures: Kohler, www.kohler.com; lighting fixtures: Con-Tech Lighting, www.con-techlighting.com; oven: Frigidaire, www.frigidaire.com; paints/stains/wall finishes: Sherwin-Williams, www.sherwin-williams.com; refrigerator: Factory Direct Appliance, www.kcfda.com; roofing: WeatherBond, www.weatherbondroofing.com; skylights: Velux, www.velux.com; windows: Loewen, www.loewen.com

sustainable residence

bathroom and kitchen cabinets: EcoUrban, www.ecourbancollection.com; bathroom fittings: Fluid SSI, www.sustainablesolutions.com; bathroom fixtures: Caroma, www.caromausa.com; cooktop, dishwasher, oven, and refrigerator: Electrolux, www.electroluxusa.com; countertops: Richlite, www.richlite.com; doors: Raydoor, www.raydoor.com, Serious Materials, www.seriousmaterials.com; exterior siding: Cikel, www.cikel.com, VaproShield, www.vaproshield.com; flooring (ceramic tile, stone, or concrete): Diamond Tech Tiles, www.dttiles.com, Geiger Ready Mix, www.geigerreadymix.com; flooring (wood): Cikel, www.cikel.com; garage doors: Real Carriage Door, www.realcarriagedoors.com; garbage disposer: InSinkErator, www.insinkerator.com; hardware: Häfele America Co., www.hafele.com/us; hvac equipment: ClimateMaster, www.climatemaster.com; insulation: Central Fiber Corp., www.centralfiber.com; kitchen fixtures: Fluid SSI, www.sustainablesolutions.com; lighting fixtures: Con-Tech Lighting, www.con-techlighting.com, WattStopper, www.wattstopper.com; paints/stains/wall finishes: Sherwin-Williams, www.sherwin-williams.com; roofing: Cikel, www.cikel.com, Metal Sales, www.metalsales.us.com; skylights: Velux, www.velux.com; solar energy system: BMK Plumbing & Solar, www.bmkplumbingsolar.com; windows: SeriousWindows, www.seriouswindows.com

prescott passive house

bathroom and kitchen cabinets: IKEA, www.ikea.com; bathroom and kitchen fittings: Kohler, www.kohler.com; bathroom fixtures: Caroma, www.caromausa.com; cooktop, dishwasher, kitchen fixtures, and oven: Electrolux, www.electroluxusa.com; countertops: Richlite, www.richlite.com; doors: Serious Materials, www.seriousmaterials.com, Zech, www.zech.cc/en; exterior siding: VaproShield, www.vaproshield.com; flooring (wood): Superior Wood Flooring, www.superiorbambooflooring.com; garbage disposer: InSinkErator, www.insinkerator.com; hardware: Häfele America Co., www.hafele.com/us; hvac equipment: Daikin, www.daikin.com, Ultimate Air Inc., www.ultimateair.com; insulation: Central Fiber Corp., www.centralfiber.com; lighting fixtures: Con-Tech Lighting, www.con-techlighting.com; paints/stains/wall finishes: Benjamin Moore, www.benjaminmoore.com; skylights: Velux, www.velux.com; windows: Zech, www.zech.cc/en