Energy Lab at the Ecology Center

San Juan Capistrano, California
Location
  • San Juan Capistrano, California
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Type
  • Farmhouse
  • Year
  • 2009
  • The Energy Lab is an outdoor classroom space for educational programs at The Ecology Center, a non-profit organization housed at the historic Congdon Residence, the oldest wood-framed structure in San Juan Capistrano.

    Constructed of sustainable materials, the design solution for a structure to support an 8-panel photovoltaic array takes cues from the agrarian site and consists of exposed timber framing and a modular green roof system at the asymmetrical gable. Green features include FSC-certified timber, as well as Richlite panels, a natural fiber composite material, used as a semi-transparent slatted enclosure.

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    A sustainable outdoor classroom at an agricultural site in Southern California utilizes renewable energy and a living roof to provide power to the historic building and hands-on learning opportunities for visitors. Photo  of Energy Lab at the Ecology Center modern home

    A sustainable outdoor classroom at an agricultural site in Southern California utilizes renewable energy and a living roof to provide power to the historic building and hands-on learning opportunities for visitors.

    Richlite composite fiber slats at asymmetrical gable

#green #cladding #materials Photo 2 of Energy Lab at the Ecology Center modern home

    Richlite composite fiber slats at asymmetrical gable

    #green #cladding #materials

    view towards farmland beyond solar photovoltaic structure / agricultural site, San Juan Capistrano

#farm #greenbuilding Photo 3 of Energy Lab at the Ecology Center modern home

    view towards farmland beyond solar photovoltaic structure / agricultural site, San Juan Capistrano

    #farm #greenbuilding

    local farm cat at the Ecology Center, Orange County, California Photo 4 of Energy Lab at the Ecology Center modern home

    local farm cat at the Ecology Center, Orange County, California

    Modern home with outdoor, rooftop, gardens, and shrubs. living roof detail / modular liveroof system with contemporary aluminum landscape edging

#greenroof #succulents Photo 5 of Energy Lab at the Ecology Center

    living roof detail / modular liveroof system with contemporary aluminum landscape edging

    #greenroof #succulents

    pv system and green roof modules from below

#pv #energy #sustainability  Photo 6 of Energy Lab at the Ecology Center modern home

    pv system and green roof modules from below

    #pv #energy #sustainability

    The photovoltaic array generates enough power for all the energy needs of the historic main building.

#photovoltaic #solar #roof #farmhouse #agrarian Photo 7 of Energy Lab at the Ecology Center modern home

    The photovoltaic array generates enough power for all the energy needs of the historic main building.

    #photovoltaic #solar #roof #farmhouse #agrarian

    structural detail // half-round washer at custom timber joint connection  

#woodworking #timber Photo 8 of Energy Lab at the Ecology Center modern home

    structural detail // half-round washer at custom timber joint connection

    #woodworking #timber

    rustic outdoor classroom / orange county, ca Photo 9 of Energy Lab at the Ecology Center modern home

    rustic outdoor classroom / orange county, ca