Residential Honorable Mention: Allen Associates (general contractor)
Project Name: Victoria Garden Mews
Project Team: Thompson Naylor Architects; Hayward Lumber and C&Z Construction (framing subcontractors)
Location: Santa Barbara, Calif.
Square Footage: 2,520 square feet
Amount of FSC-Certified Wood, by cost: 73%
This is an attractive, pleasant wood home that incorporated FSC-certified wood use from the outset in its design. One of the project's stated goals was to use as much FSC-certified wood as possible. In trying to recreate the authenticity of a Victorian home, the builder constructed much of the trim profiles, such as exterior moulding and dentils, from FSC-certified wood. The project also makes use of reclaimed wood in the fir floors, tongue and groove exterior decking, and extraordinary old-growth redwood wainscoting in the library from the old garage on the property. This project has been submitted to the USGBC for LEED Platinum certification, and has received a 5 Star rating, the highest possible, from Santa Barbara's Built Green program.
Use of FSC-Certified Products
Lumber, cabinets, sheathing, interior and exterior trim.
Words of Praise
"It is always rewarding to see a project utilizing FSC-certified framing and structural materials because it's often hard for some people to justify a cost premium for wood products that are sealed up behind drywall. Most folks want people to see the FSC-certified wood they purchased and tell the story. However, most of the destructive forest practices in the U.S. take place in the softwood forests that produce the framing and structural components of a house. Ensuring that these building materials are FSC-certified is really having an impact in the forests."