Buildings are the single largest energy consuming sector in the global community.
Consequently, architects and design professionals bear a colossal responsibility to the earth and future generations for the sustainable design of new and rehabilitated buildings.
To this end, Tomecek Studio Architecture has taken numerous proactive steps. Our principal is a LEED accredited professional, holding both the LEED AP and LEED BD+C credentials. We have adopted the 2030 Challenge, and we are active participants in the AIA Colorado 2030 training program.
Our projects also reflect our belief in the responsibility we bear. Christopher worked on the LEED equivalent Boulder Housing Partners building when the USGBC had just initiated the program in 1999. The Box House utilizes super-insulating SIP wall panels and polyurethane roof insulation, as well as passive seasonal sun-screening with shade sails, active solar thermal evacuated tube water heating for domestic water and in-floor radiant heating, and solar photovoltaic panels producing 85% of the dwelling’s electrical usage.
The 32nd Street residence leverages the efficiencies and advantages of off site manufacturing (prefabrication, modular construction) and performs at a very high level in duct tightness, and envelope air infiltration. Using only passive strategies, the project is LEED H certified and is only two points below the threshold of LEED H silver.
Our Container project, in addition to the fundamental recycling it embodies, performs at net-zero energy consumption through passive strategies of orientation and insulation, active solar thermal and photovoltaic systems, and on-site renewable fuel harvesting based on selective and sustainable clearing of timber that is burned in the house’s high-efficiency wood stove.
The Alpine residence again benefits from off site manufacturing, utilizing a European panelized construction system that the Studio thoroughly researched during the design process. It is a LEED H gold level project and incorporates solar thermal and photovoltaic systems, exterior motorized window blinds, grey water recycling and insulated concrete form foundations.
At the other end of the technology spectrum, the Design-Build project we led with University of Colorado students is constructed almost completely with recycled and salvaged materials, including crushed concrete from the closed Lowry Air Force Base runways, disassembled railroad trestle structural members, and handmade gabion cages fabricated from found fencing.
The Plains Residence is designed as a net-zero energy use project and incorporates a staggered-stud, super-insulating wall system with foam and cellulose in the wall cavities, solar thermal domestic water and radiant in-floor heating, and a 25 kilowatt ground mounted photovoltaic array.
Most recently, our 28 unit Framework project is designed for LEED Gold certification, is net-zero ready (owners have the option to add appropriate numbers of photovoltaic panels), and utilizes a district geothermal (ground source) heat-pump system for mechanical heating and cooling.