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MoT - LEED® Platinum

Moreland Architecture + Sustainable Design


2551 Trapp Ave



Randall and Laurenne Moreland


  • Structural Engineer: SkyRock Engineering

Project Status


Year Completed



3,400 sq. feet

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Project Description

With a basis in low-tech sub-tropical vernacular style, this uniquely rough, yet elegant single family home seamlessly blends high tech features to create one of the most comfortably sustainable homes in South Florida. The design concept is rooted in solar orientation and maximized natural ventilation. Deep overhangs protect the numerous and carefully considered operable windows from direct sunlight and rain. A 25 foot high vaulted ceiling peaks at a louver / damper system designed to release the rising hot air. A few feet below the louver / damper is an HVLS fan which, when reversed, assists the natural air flow to further increase the effectiveness of this whole-house cooling system. Durability and hurricane resistance informed the decision to use a modified ICF construction system for the walls, sloped roofs, and the second floor. It is one of the strongest, tightest envelopes ever tested by the projects, green rater. Add to that some of the strongest operable windows available on the market, adn this home is ready to withstand some of the worst weather imaginable. With the surrounding street grid set 45 degrees relative to true north, the main roof holding 24 PV panels and two solar thermal panels is rotated 45 degrees relative to the site in order to face due south. It is also sloped at 5:12 in order to cleanly integrate the solar panels. All native landscaping reduces maintenance and completely eliminates installation of a sprinkler system for irrigation. A 1000 gallon cistern collects rainwater from the standing seam metal roof to help maintain plants in times of drought. A very walkable neighborhood location near light rail, low flow interior plumbing fixtures, bamboo cabinetry, LED lighting, 75% recycle countertops, unique kitchen features, integral color exposed concrete floors, and ample indirect natural interior lighting all add up to one of the most low-maintenance, comfortably sustainable, and truly liveable homes in the country.
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