Green Roofs for Healthy Cities awarded Rana Creek, an ecological consulting and design firm, the 2007 Award for Excellence: Extensive Roof System for their contribution to the Feldman residence in Carmel, California. Located in the private Santa Lucia Preserve, the residence was designed and constructed by Feldman Architecture, a member of the U.S. Green Building Council. The living, residential green roof covers 4,250 square feet and was installed for approximately $21 per square foot. At the Feldman residence, three small buildings are nestled into a hillside that overflows seamlessly onto the green roofs.
Green roofs by Rana Creek are designed to filter and store water, increase thermal insulation and attenuate sound. A 30% reduction in energy consumption is estimated for the Feldman residence during summer months and the 6" depth of the living roof will reduce sound by approximately 43 decibels; benefiting both the human residents and the wildlife that inhabits the preserve. Sustainable landscaping practices include the use of indigenous plant materials with low water requirements and the stabilization of disturbed areas through the planting of grasses and forb mixes. Rana Creek also operates a wholesale nursery specializing in native and Mediterranean plants.
Photos courtesy of Rana Creek and Feldman ArchitecturePosted by Debra Emmons on August 14, 2008 10:01 AM
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