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Lafayette Senior Housing
Lafayette, California
VMWP Architects

Lafayette Senior Housing is a 46-unit development of new affordable senior rental housing in downtown Lafayette.  The development will include one building with a two story element along Mt. Diablo Boulevard that will step up to a three story building.  A gracious front porch will wrap around the building’s Mt. Diablo Boulevard frontage and along the eastern side of the building to provide a welcoming residential appearance. Garage parking is located under a podium towards the back of the development.

The development’s design includes an approximately 650 square foot community room that opens onto an outdoor patio and formal garden with seating.  The laundry room also has direct access to the courtyard.  A sunroom located on each floor overlooks the courtyards

To the greatest extent possible, the project will be developed utilizing “green building” techniques and materials.  Lafayette Senior Housing is designed to meet and exceed the requirements of the GreenPoint Rated Program and the California Multi-family New Homes Program.  Project design concepts include the utilization of higher density development on infill sites, good solar orientation, access to public transportation, water conservation, and energy conservation. The Lafayette Senior Housing project has incorporated all of these concepts into the design.   The project will use rooftop-mounted solar thermal hot water collectors to offset a substantial portion of the project’s projected domestic hot water heating loads.  The installation of photovoltaics to generate electricity on site is planned to handle 85% of the common area electrical load, including exterior site lighting.   Additionally, building components made of recycled or recyclable, nontoxic materials such as carpeting made from recycled content, and low VOC paints, will be used and each unit will have a dedicated space for recycling.

A central gas fired water heating system, fluorescent lighting, motion sensors in all common areas, energy star appliances in all apartments, and the building’s exterior thermal design; including R-21 insulation in the exterior walls, R-38 insulation in the roof and dual-glazed windows, will develop a project which will exceed California’s Title 24 Energy Code standards by a minimum of 34%.

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