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Palm Springs Life Magazine – ‘Bionic Houses’

Monday, May 3rd, 2010


Photo by David Blank

An eco-friendly, modern ranch designed by ZDS Architects (Interiors - Henderson Kelly) is currently being featured in the May 2010 issue of Palm Springs Life Magazine

The most effective way to promote energy efficiency is to design a house that takes full advantage of natural light, passive solar energy, shading, cross-ventilation, and efficient space planning.  Doing so — by studying sun angles, prevailing winds, and general site orientation — reduces the overall energy load required to live comfortably. Once these fundamental architectural moves are established, design and specification of artificial lighting and interior climate control enhance the overall efficiency.


Photo by David Blank

Additional photos by Suzanne Zahr Fleming:
 

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Water : Ecoseptic & Rainwater Harvesting

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009


To learn more about how water is a precious resource to us all, watch Leonardo DiCaprio’s short film, Water Planet, by clicking on the play button above.

ZDS Architects is committed to doing what we can to conserve, harvest and re-use water. In addition to exploring ways to do so for our clients, we’re researching the conditions and possible strategies for our Green Development in Palm Springs, CA.

Palm Springs receives 354 days of sunshine and less than 6 inches of rain annually.  The aquifers are depleting at a rapid rate, and the area is experiencing the worst drought in the last 80 years.  In the midst of this water crisis, 100 facilities are bottling water in California, quickly using their precious water supply.

At the same time as water is being pumped out of the aquifers, the groundwater levels significantly drop every year. According to the United States Geological Survey study, the amount that the ground has dropped ranges from about 3 to 13 inches between 1996 and 2005 in an area stretching from Rancho Mirage to Coachella. These aquifers will continue to be depleted as the populatioin and usage grows.

In an effort to address this mounting challenge, we approached Ecotilities, a division of the Environmental Distribution Network, for assistance.  They introduced us to a 3-step Ecoseptic Process.  The overall goal is to treat the waste water on-site and re-use it, instead of sourcing additional municipal water.

The first step is to grind any solids and organic matter that may be flushed down the toilet or drain. Then a proprietary process called Zorzymes breaks down the pathogens, total dissolved solids, bacteria and other harmful elements. The last and final step is to purify the water into ‘Grade A’ drinking water (though most plumbing codes still restrict the ability to re-use this as potable water).

This system can be located below grade, but we’re considering it to be located at the back of our 2-car Garage and will replace the need for a septic system and drainfield. Some jursidictions may allow this system to be metered so that the homeowner can be credited for the amount diverted from the municipal waste treatment facility. This in addition to the savings of minimizing the intake of municipal water can quickly offset the initial cost of installation.

All in all, the Ecoseptic system will allow home owners to recycle 60-80% of their wastewater. Imagine, municipal potable water will no longer be necessary to flush toilets, clean laundry and water the garden.

In addition, the Ecoseptic System can treat up to 20,000 gallons of captured stormwater and roof-captured rainwater which can be stored in a sistern on site. This unique treatment uses physics instead of chemicals by deconstructing bacteria on a molecular level. The Ecoseptic WMU Water System removes bacteria, protozoa, viruses, pesticides, MTBEs, asbestos, nitrates, nitrites, sodium chloride, THCs, phosphates, heavy metals, manganese, VOCs, female and animal hormones, TDS, vector attractions, pharmaceuticals, dioxins, turbidity, arsenic, excessive calcium, pH unbalances, fluoride, hydrocarbons, cycsts, algae, chlorine and chloroform.

* ZDS would like to thank the Environmental Distribution Network for their innovative work, research and photos used in this post.

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Andreas Hills Development – Current Landscape Plan

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

ZDS Architects is proud to announce our collaboration with Atelier, PS, Landscape Architects, on the Andreas Hills Development, a modern, eco-friendly home in Palm Springs, CA. Though this is a continuous work in progress, check out the current Landscape Plan and Plant Palette for this desert home.  Click here for a larger Landscape Plan

Upon approaching the home, you pass along a series of offset garden walls. You enter through an Entry Gate while focusing on a Whiteleaf Manzanita. You are then drawn around a seat wall to the Main Entry Door, or can walk along a high garden wall directly to the Pool Terrace and raised Casita. This Plan also features a private ‘Morning Terrace’ off the Kitchen and ‘Wash’, or dry river bed, that serves as an infiltration swale capturing runoff from the roof planes. Though it doesn’t rain often in Palm Springs, CA, when it rains it pours and flash floods can be real problem. Directing rainfall from all roof planes to the ‘Wash’ greatly minimizes the impact of such an occurrence.

We will be consulting with Belt Collins on the Civil Engineering of this site, in coordination with our current Landscape efforts. Our collective goal is to design a cost-effective, low maintenance, durable and low-impact site that ties in seamlessly with the Architecture. 

For more information about the home itself, click here.

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Andreas Hills Development – Palm Springs, CA – UPDATE

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

ZDS has teamed up with a private investor to acquire property in Palm Springs, CA. We found a gorgeous 1/2 acre lot just off the Indian Canyon Golf Course, tucked between the Andreas Hills and the San Jacinto Mountains.

Our goal is to develop an eco-friendly (LEED-H), 2,000 SF home with an attached 2-car Garage, Pool and detached 400 SF Casita. Though we had originally explored a gable roofline option with a ridge skylight, we’re now considering a split-rigde solution. This design is not only more cost effective, but also allows for the potential of very effective cross-ventilation from the glass pivot doors at the South up to the high clerestories facing North. Here’s a sneak peak of our schematic design efforts…

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Palm Springs Regional Association of Realtors

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

During a recent visit to Palm Springs, CA, ZDS Architects gave a slideshow presentation to the Palm Springs Regional Association of Realtors on how ‘going green’ impacts the ever-changing Real Estate market. This presentation was followed by an Open House of our client’s modern ranch home, targeting LEED-H, Silver, located within the Smoke Tree Ranch community.

Thank you for your warm reception and interest in our eco-aware presentation.  We learned a great deal about the local real estate market, its unique challenges, and the great opportunities it affords.  We look forward to continuing our discussions with the many enthusiastic members of the Association. 

A special thanks to Becky Bowles, President, and Sam Schenkl, Executive Officer, for arranging our visit.  And many thanks to our wonderful client who so graciously opened her beautiful home.

For more information, be sure to read a recent article in The Desert Sun.

To view a copy of the slideshow presentation given, click here.

Select photos of the featured Modern Ranch, targeting LEED-H, Silver:

 

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Andreas Hills Development – Palm Springs, CA

Monday, April 13th, 2009

Be sure to check out our 3D Fly-thru (click on the ‘HQ’ button for higher-res image).

ZDS has teamed up with a private investor to acquire property in Palm Springs, CA. We found a gorgeous 1/2 acre lot just off the Indian Canyon Golf Course, tucked between the Andreas Hills and the San Jacinto Mountains.

Our goal is to develop an eco-friendly (LEED-H), 2,000 SF home with an attached 2-car Garage, Pool and detached 400 SF Casita. Here’s a sneak peak of our schematic design efforts…

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