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The remodel expands and updates the original home with a master suite with bath, living room, and screened porch.


 


“I’ve essentially made green building and energy-efficienct design a part of the work I’ve down ever since,” he says.


For his part Hoss, a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, is a founding member of the Southface Energy Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting energy-, water-, and resource-efficienct workplaces, homes, and communities throughout the Southeast.


Pimsler Hoss Architects was founded in 1991 after the principals both made the short list for a project for the City of Atlanta. Instead of competing, the two decided to jointly offer their services to the city, and they’ve worked together ever since.


“So we probably have a vernacular in green architecture that predates the current green building movement, and we have to constantly remind ourselves not to take that for granted because so many folks are in that market right now,” Pimsler says. “We just think it’s like drawing on the computer and working on the building code and the accessibility code, it’s just another piece of the puzzle to us.


Adaptive Reuse
Adaptive reuse projects came naturally to the firm. “We do a fair amount of work and projects that are focused on an existing building where we are changing the use for example, a factory or a warehouse that becomes a condominium or loft development. We have a huge portfolio of those,” Pimsler says.


“But the idea of saving those spaces and add-


 


KEY GREEN FEATURES

> Adaptive Reuse. While a few basic rooms were preserved, much of the small ranch house was gutted, providing the project team with ample opportunity to reuse siding, concrete, and metal railings.


> Preservation of Historic Landscaping. A primary focus of the renovation was the preservation of a 150-year-old oak tree on the project site.



> Low-VOC Finishes. All coatings are either low- or no-VOC products to promote and protect indoor air quality.



> Northern Exposure. Southern homes are particularly susceptible to intense heating from the sun. As a result, the project team kept glazing on the south, east, and west side of the house at a minimum and used most of the glass in the home’s north side.



> Contextually Appropriate Design. Architect Randy Pimsler believes “green” doesn’t begin and end with products. According to Pimsler, having a structure conform to the context of its surroundings should also be considered a sustainable strategy.


 


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