See some examples of Vida's green practices in action:
Ecological Project Design
- The Overlook Drive residence utilized excellent southwestern site orientation and passive solar design to maximize solar heating and lighting.
- The Cove Road renovation minimized demolition to the existing structure and utilized existing masonry walls.
- The Seadrift Road renovation took advantage of excellent southern exposure by adding both a roof-top pv solar electric and solar hot water boost system.
- The Dogpatch Project included a very small addition to improve kitchen and living space functionality.
Mindful Materials Handling
- Vida recycles cardboard, metal, paper and wood for every project we build.
- Saw dust is composted on-site where feasible.
- Carpeting removed from the Cove Road renovation was reused in tents at Burning Man.
- Exterior decking from the Seadrift Road renovation was removed and reused at Overlook Drive.
- Foundation forms from Cove Road were re-used at Dogpatch Project for framing and concrete forms.
- All usable interior items such as cabinetry, electrical and plumbing fixtures, towel bars and hardware are donated to Building REsources for reuse.
- All usable exterior items such as doors, windows and hardware are donated to Building REsources for reuse.
- Existing patio slab from the Cove Road renovation was broken up and reused for pathway at another Residence.
- Sand excavated from the Seadrift Road renovation was used as fill for other project.
- Front door, windows and exterior trim at the El Camino Real project were custom made with salvaged old-growth redwood.
Sustainable Materials Integration
- Foundation concrete for our projects always contains some percentage of fly ash.
- Almost all framing material Vida uses is FSC-certified or reclaimed lumber.
- Master bath cabinetry and window trim for the Cove Road project made from salvaged Eucalyptus with water-based low-VOC finish.
- Bamboo flooring was used at the Cove Road and the Seadrift Road renovations.
Carbon Footprint Reduction
- The Seadrift Road renovation added a 4.5 KW roof-top photovoltaic solar electric and solar hot water boost system for pool heating and domestic hot water supply.
- A super-insulated roof structure (R-30 plus R-11 radiant foil barrier) was built above the living room and garage area in the Cove Road renovation.
- The Cove Road project installed a radiant heat system with gyp-crete slab for high-efficiency heating and adjustable solar shades to reduce direct solar gain.
- New high-efficiency ENERGY STAR appliances were installed at the El Camino Real renovation.
- The Dogpatch Project utilized daylighting design, an insulated panel skylight and fluorescent lighting to reduce energy use.
- Vida uses healthy insulation — UltraTouch cotton batting or bio-based spray foam — in every project.
- The Dogpatch Project used zero-VOC AFM interior paint and primer.
- Bedrooms in the Cove Road renovation were carpeted with Interface Flooring carpet squares.
- Vida uses only non-toxic adhesives, sealants, & mastics.
- Vida sources low-VOC water-based wood finishes (e.g. Bioshield) as well as zero- or low-VOC finishes & paints for our client's homes.
- The Cove Road renovation left existing exterior siding and trim as intact as possible.
- Locally milled lumber was used for siding at Overlook Drive and for siding and fencing at the Seadrift Road project thereby reducing transportation costs.
- Dual flush toilets were installed at: Overlook Drive and Seadrift Road.
- Roof runoff at the Dogpatch Project drains to the front garden.
- Panoramic Highway residence collected spring runoff for irrigation needs and landscaped with low-water plants.