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Award Winning Affordable Vali Homes Prototype Exceeds LEED Platinum Standards

Designed by coLAB and built by 180 Degrees, the Vali Homes prototype is located in Phoenix, Arizona. Inspired by “case study” homes from the 1960s, modern day comforts and up to date sustainable features have been layered in to create a new style of earth friendly home that is both comfortable, beautiful and hassle free and best of all is a net positive home that exceeds LEED Platinum certification requirements.

Vali Homes is so innovative in its approach to earth friendly living that 180 Degrees was presented at the 2014 AIA Arizona Annual Design Awards with not one but three awards for the 1500sqft home’s environmentally responsible design.
The 3 awards: SRP Sustainable Award, APS Energy Award and a Merit Design Award bring the total awards for Vali Homes to 4. The first award a “Citation Award from Residential Architect 2014 Design Awards in the single-family housing category” had been awarded earlier in the year.
Designed for infill lots in Phoenix, Vali Home is a standard plan quality house that is a low to mid cost well-designed prototype adaptable to any typical Phoenix lot.
The front of the home incorporates two parking spots separated with raised and zeroscaped garden beds.
The parking lot leads to a private courtyard screened in with slatted wood. A hidden door within the slatting is located between the two parking spots.
There are 6 versions of the Vali Homes prototype that have all been tested, energy modeled and priced to create an optimal balance between design, performance and cost.
Each version has a private courtyard that extends the 1500sqft indoor living space by an additional 288sqft.
The courtyard has two sets of sliding glass doors, one that connects the kitchen with the outdoor zone for barbequing and al fresco dining. The kitchens are all created using IKEA cabinetry.
The second set of sliding glass doors is positioned on the other end of the room, next to the living room. Between the living room and the kitchen is the dining area and in this version, behind the living room is a home office. He metal wall panels used in the design are from Metalworks Inc.
Both coLAB and 180 Degrees hope their prototypes will be the perfect fit for derelict sites, thereby improving the neighborhoods these sites are located in.
The Vali Homes prototype provides a blower test rate of .68 acha50 and uses approximately 6000kWh of electricity per year offset by a 3.6kw PV system for a net positive energy home. Structural design is by BDA Engineers, mechanical is by Otterbein Engineering, electrical is by Woodward Engineering and Civil engineering is by DRW.
More information: Vali Homes
180 Degrees
coLAB Studio
Photography by Mark Bosclaire


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