The Zero Net Energy Future is Here!
Sun Valley in the stadium district of downtown Denver is our Advanced Greenbuilding Studio project for this term, sponsored by both Denver Housing Authority and the City of Denver’s CPD. The Sun Valley Project now in the late planning stages, remains one of the most challenging urban projects as well as one of the largest potential developments in the downtown Denver. The mission as defined by our “clients” focuses on both Sustainable Urbanism in urban design as well as Zero Net Energy (ZNE) architectural prototypes. In many ways the studio’s solutions represent the future of sustainable development. The Denver Housing Authority and the City of Denver have asked our studio to examine the project to develop a prototype for sustainability and high performance.
Per our client’s directives, we’ve developed in Sun Valley a sustainable urban design Master Plan on 7 individual sites with sustainable urbanism, eco urban agriculture and truly passive Zero Net Energy Building (ZNEB) concepts. Our task was to showcase sustainable urbanism and true ZNEB concepts in a broad pallet of sustainability principles and innovative green building prototypes. The studio after developing the overall Master Plan divided into 7 individual groups on adjacent sites. The program driven by the clients, developed entertainment, TOD, affordable housing and mixed uses around a theme for urban redevelopment driven by the sustainability principles of the Triple Bottom Line, Equity, Environment and Economy. The project includes over 1500 affordable housing units, market housing, restaurants, Colorado Proud purveyors, micro breweries, music venues, a marketplace, town center and eco urban farming and production. The Triple Bottom Line included the addition of not only public amenities but local employment through a “Jobs Farm” and affordable housing for the existing residents as well as service to the UCD campus a mere 200 yard away. The object of the project includes not only showcasing sustainable development but also knitting the urban fabric together to create a viable and lively mixed use sustainable showcase for the local and regional residents.