Indigo was a proud exhibitor at 2019 Animal Care Conference in Santa Clara, CA. Over the weekend we talked to lots of Animal Care Professionals. Carla Braden from the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter won our Bottle of wine Raffle Prize! Indigo is on the cutting edge of Animal Shelter Design, including our Zero-Net Energy Animal Shelter Prototype.
ONE EARTH. ONE DAY. ONE CELEBRATION.
EATS + LIBATIONS + CONVERSATION.
Monday, April 22nd, 2019, 4-7pm
At the offices of Indigo Architects & Repower Yolo
909 5th Street, Davis
Join Indigo Architects, Repower Yolo, Cool Davis & community climate leaders committed to protecting our planet and creating a sustainable future. Tour Indigo’s Zero Net Energy facility and learn how to foster a ZNE future.
Please help us make this a Zero Waste Event!
Walk, bike or take the bus.
Electric Vehicle Charging available at Indigo.
Car Parking Available on I/J Streets, north of 5th.
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The Capital Region’s Climate Readiness Collaborative held their Sacramento Valley Regional Climate Symposium at UC Davis on Wednesday night. After a full day of discussing climate action, participants we invited to a reception and a science-to-action demonstration of climate resiliency at Indigo Architect’s award-winning zero-net-energy office. About 60 attendees of the symposium attended the complimentary reception and took a tour of Indigo Architect’s award winning office at 909 5th Street.
The tour highlighted Indigo’s unique methodology toward designing Zero-Net Energy buildings, including the large water filled columns that help to passively heat and cool the building. The tour also showed that Indigo didn’t sacrifice aesthetics for the sustainability features of the roughly 4,000-square-foot building and adding to the green theme, they used local, recycled, and renewable materials whenever possible.
The symposium discussed the latest International Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report. It confirms the necessity for immediate and sustained action on climate change, detailing how close we are to a turning point in the earth’s climate system. The underlying conclusion of the report is that we must stop burning fossil fuels, aiming for a complete phase-out by around 2050 (The Climate Reality Project). One key way to do that is to reduce and ultimately phase out the CO2 emissions produced by the building sector by transforming the way buildings are designed, built, and operated. This fact led former Gov. Jerry Brown to mandate that all California state owned buildings must be Zero-Net Energy (ZNE) by 2025.
As the climate continues to change, there will be more extreme summers and winters. Old, inefficient buildings will take more and more energy to heat and cool, increasing the amount of fossil fuels needs to keep the interior climates at a livable temperature. The building sector already creates almost half (44.6%) of the CO2 emissions in the United States. By comparison, all of transportation in the United States accounted for only 34.3% of CO2 emissions in 2017. (Architecture 2030) With this knowledge, Indigo has focused their designs to create climate-adapted, Zero-Net Energy Buildings. By manipulating sunlight, wind, and building materials, their buildings remain functional and comfortable for occupants, while using the least amount of energy as possible.
On the tour, Jon Hammond, a Principal Architect at Indigo explained, “We take energy from the outside environment and bring it into the building, whether it’s cooling energy or heating energy... We work from the understanding that earth’s systems are powered by sunlight, it’s also one of the most beautiful and powerful materials available to architects. Unlike wood, steel, and concrete, the supply of sunlight is free and boundless. Natural light provides building users with superior visual acuity, a sense of psychological well being, and dramatic energy savings. By using the power of nature keep our buildings naturally climate controlled, we can not only create a sustainable building but also a beautiful environment in which to live or work.”
Project Architects & Designers
Award-winning INDIGO Hammond + Playle Architects, LLP seeks project architects and designers with passion for climate-adapted, regenerative architecture. INDIGO’s mission is to integrate art, architecture and ecology, putting people in touch with their environment, each other, and their spiritual and cultural aspirations.
Work in INDIGO’s award winning net-zero energy, adaptive reuse office in downtown Davis. This is unique opportunity work alongside Principles that are pioneers in the fields of passive solar, climate adapted, and modern strawbale buildings for the private and public sectors.
Passion for beautiful and sustainable architecture
Ability to work independently, but also to collaborate with team members
· Beautiful, naturally lit, awarding winning ZNE Studio
· Supportive, yet independent work environment
· Competitive pay
· Excellent health plan and dental benefits
· Retirement plan
· Personal leave policy
Ideal candidates will have the following:
· Bachelor's degree
· 1-5 years of experience in California
· Archicad BIM skills
Send resume, work samples or link to Bruce Playle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Candace Harrison, AIA has been selected to speak on Animal Shelter Design at the Animal Care Expo in April of 2019. Her presentation entitled “Dream Big, Start Small” will cover Indigo’s low cost and expandable animal shelter model which delivers quality shelter design on a budget. Developed in partnership with the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program, the prototype uses scalable, modular design principles which allows for lowest initial cost while not sacrificing quality and durability where it counts. Indigo’s shelter design approach focuses on providing housing that supports the health and wellbeing of animals and spaces that are welcoming to the public and allow for efficient and safe care by staff. Indigo has recently designed projects which have used many of these same principals for the City of Tracy and the Yolo County.
THURSDAY, APRIL 12th, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
INDIGO ARCHITECTS WIN ZERO ENERGY AWARD
Indigo Architects was notified that Indigo | Hammond + Playle Architects Studio & Office is officially Zero Energy Certified by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). This award is the only Zero Energy Certification that is based on actual rather than modeled results. At least 12-months of utility bills and a 12-month production report is required. Verification is performed by a third-party auditor. Note: Zero-Energy was achieved even while charging two electric vehicles.
Relative to the Zero Energy ILFI Certification, this is the:
- 1st office building in the Sacramento area
- 2nd project in Davis
- 4th project in California
- 6th project in 2018
A UNIQUE NEW BUILDING TYPE
Indigo’s offices are novel in the fact that the building is a “adaptive re-use” Zero Energy building, meaning it was an old inefficient building that was expertly remodeled to achieve ZNE certification. This contrasts with most ZNE buildings, which are new construction. Indigo Architects transformed a dilapidated existing a 1967 Dairy Queen building into a “green” super efficient office space. Using multiple strategies, Indigo was able to fine tune the building to the central valley climate and have the building work with the climate to create an energy saving advantage. This climate-adapted design keeps the building passively cooled 90% of the time. The unique the design approach harnesses energy from the outdoor environment. Whether it’s cooling energy or heating energy, the power of nature creates a perfectly climate-controlled interior. Heat gain is minimized by strategic use of north and south facing windows, shaded with appropriate solar overhangs and fins to bring in the daylight and keep out the heat. Natural lighting from skylights and windows allow daytime use without using electric power. Super insulated walls, using straw bale wall construction, reduces cooling and heating loads immensely. This new type of design, creates an extremely energy efficient building, ensuring only a limited number of solar panels need to be installed to achieve Zero-Net Energy status.
WHY THIS IS SIGNIFICANT
In the climate change discussion, much of the focus goes to transportation emissions, however, existing buildings are the single largest contributor to the problem of global warming. (Architecture 2030) The future of environmental protection depends on our ability to repurpose, reuse and adapt old construction buildings into new Zero Energy buildings and Indigo Architects are leading the way on that front.
SETTING THE EXAMPLE FOR CALIFORNIA
The State of California is encouraging Zero Net Energy statewide and has implemented an aggressive program for all their buildings. EXECUTIVE ORDER B-18-12 stated that “all new State buildings and major renovations beginning design after 2025 be constructed as Zero Net Energy facilities.”
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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
Jonathan Hammond or Bruce Playle at Indigo, Hammond & Playle Architects, LLP
909 5th Street, Davis, CA 95616 // 530-750-0756 // email@example.com
Susan Rainier, AIA, LFA, Living Future Certification Consultant // firstname.lastname@example.org
By Jonathan Hammond
After reasonably heavy rains this winter, we have an explosion of spring growth in our California native grass and wildflower meadow at our office-studio in Davis. After we completed construction at the end of 2014 we seeded our landscape areas with native plants. They are all exquisitely adapted to hot dry summers with no rainfall. These plants and seeds wait patiently through the summer and as soon as the rain starts in the fall or early winter, seeds sprout and growth begins, slowly at first, but as the temperatures warm a riot of green growth and flowers erupts. First a luxuriant display of orange poppies, followed by waves of daisy-like tidy tips, then a tide of blue lupines, then white, yellow and salmon yarrow. Meanwhile the grasses are pushing growth and starting to push their seed heads aloft. (The grasses include Idaho fescue, Molate fescue, California onion grass and pine blue grass.)
This meadow of natives is not a "mow, blow and go" adapted landscape: it needs the discerning eye of an experienced landscape gardener who can sort out the invasive non-native weeds, foxtails and thistles. Indigo is lucky to have experienced gardener Seth Seibel on staff.
Early landscape plans and gardens were carved out of the wildness of nature, an expression of man's ability to impose order and dominion over the apparent chaos of nature. Now the careful study of ecosystem dynamics has revealed that ecosystems are in fact, not chaotic. While randomness and chance play a role a beautiful and complex order does in fact exist in natural ecosystems and they are far more stable and resilient than man-made landscapes no matter how manicured.
During the years that I lived and taught in Japan, I spent a significant amount of time walking in the countryside of traditional villages, rice paddies, and vegetable plots that have been woven into the natural mountainous landscape of that country. I was deeply impressed with the beauty of these rich landscapes partly man ordered to grow food and partly natural, teeming with snakes, frogs, foxes and deer and trickling brooks tumbling down hillsides and along the tiny roads and paths.
When I traveled to Kyoto and Nara and visited the famous gardens there, I was let down in a strange sort of way. I began to see them as academic and fussy compared to the natural vitality of the mix of natural and manmade landscapes that I had wandered through in the Japanese countryside.
The gravel expanse at the famous Zen temple Ryoan-ji must be carefully raked each day. Even more striking is the care that must be given to moss gardens like those at Kin-Kaku-ji, where the moss growing under a grove of maple trees must be kept free of fallen leaves or the moss will be quickly smothered. An enormous amount of work each day goes into maintaining these beautiful places, which is not to say that mindful work does not have redeeming value, but to my mind, the wild fecundity of nature is even more powerful than the serene beauty and man-made order of the classic Japanese gardens.
The American Solar Energy Society announced its Passive Pioneer Awards at a ceremony at the San Francisco City club on July 12th, 2016. The award announcement text is as follows:
The Passive Pioneer Award honors those in the passive solar energy field who provided the theories, research, efforts, new concepts and opportunities for later researchers to follow and to improve upon. The award is presented to a deserving innovator who was involved in the early stages of passive theory, design, application or technology. The 2016 Passive Pioneer Award was presented to Mr. Jonathan Hammond for his early application of passive solar design principles addressing the passive heating and cooling of modern buildings.
Jonathan Hammond played a pivotal role in the emergence of passive solar architecture during the 1970s in California. He built one of the first successful passive solar homes in northern California using a water all retrofit, and the first day lit, naturally heated and cooled office building using a water wall. He worked to improve Harold Hay's "skytherm" concept through the use of a highly insulated roof which served as a reflector of controllable angle. The work with roof ponds later developed into an effective radiant sky/evaporative cooling system.
In 1973 Mr. Hammond co-founded the environmental design firm, Living Systems, which developed impressive and innovative designs to passively heat and cool buildings. He later established Indigo | Hammond + Playle Architects, LLP which the specific purpose of introducing passive principles into the mainstream of civic and institutional architecture. He has continued work on sustainable design throughout his career.
Early in his career, Mr. Hammond explored the nexus between culture and climate by examining how four different cultures adapted to the rigorous New Mexico climate. This work helped inspire him to create an energy conservation building code based on the principles of solar orientation, passive solar heating and cooling, and design with climate. This was put into action as he wrote "A Strategy for Energy Conservation," for the City of Davis, CA. This document resulted in the first climatically adapted building code.
Below are some of Hammond's early passive projects and innovations.
Team Indigo pulls together brain power for ideas on a police department public entrance.
The last storm brought us a few episodes of short but intense rainfall. We watched from within our studio, mesmerized by the amount of water pouring out from our copper scuppers and into the cobble collection basin below. The water then travels below the cobbles and through a pipe into a bioswale, having the opportunity to soak into the ground along the way. The intent here is to let as much water as possible infiltrate into the ground right here on our site. A carefully designed water collection system not only functions effectively but can be beautiful to see.
Candace and Megumi showcased Indigo's animal shelter project design expertise in the Exhibitor Hall at the 2016 Animal Care Conference. Next to us was the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program who team with us on our animal shelter projects. We were exposed to a wide range of animal caregivers & industry hot topics, came back with solid contacts and had a good time!
Megumi joins UC Davis Professor Emeritus, Robert Thayer in providing a for a tour of Village Homes to a Tokyo-based development agency, Aqura. Village Homes, in Davis, California is an ecologically planned 70-acre development built in the mid to late 1970's by Michael and Judy Corbett. The Village consists of various sized single-family homes, apartments, cooperative, offices and a restaurant. Common areas include a community center, pool, orchards and garden plots. The homes are oriented for passive solar design and bioswales to reduce impact on the City's stormwater system.
After decades of architectural and artistic practice, I believe that my best designs grow from an understanding and response to my clients’ needs as well as the forces of climate and nature present on a site. I can gain an independent understanding of a given site, its climate, shade trees and orientation. I can predict the angle of the sun on site each hour, each day of the year. The information I must glean from my clients involves their ideas and desires for the building.
I often give clients an assignment: write or draw your personal dreams, goals, criteria, in short your vision and ideas for the design of this building. My goal is for clients to express, directly from their hearts, without worrying about how practical, how silly, how mundane or how crazy their ideas may be. Once clients complete this process, we sit down together to discuss the ideas that have been generated. This way, I can get to work on a project from the position of an informed designer: inspired by my clients’ ideas, ready to create a building that expresses and integrates their vision.
I am fascinated by the challenge of taking disparate visions and molding them into a unified, functional whole. A whole that can be built within a specified budget and expresses what my clients do, how they live, how they learn, work and interact. Adding site considerations to this mix, I can design a building that is so exquisitely adapted to the microclimate that a small photovoltaic array will make it a net zero energy user.
This process requires a bit of effort and commitment from each client, but the result is a genuine creative process, that will, in the end, result in the best building.
Here is the spread in Issue No. 205:
Sayako Dairiki's opening reception for her "Inner Landscapes" exhibit at the Pence Art Gallery was a success! The exhibit will continue through February 27. Join Sayako for an Artist Talk on Sunday, January 17th from 3-4 PM at the Pence Art Gallery.
“What we saw was ... that by putting in efficiency, we could showcase the practices that are the future of building,” said principal Bruce Playle
Read full article by Dennis McCoy No fries with that: Architects do a radical makeover on Dairy Queen
Cathie Anderson of the Sacramento Bee profiled Indigo's Office Headquarters, highlighting the regionally climate-adaptive elements of the building and its transformation of the former Dairy Queen building. Read the full article "Davis architects earn awards for innovative HQ"
Video produced by the Sacramento Bee
AIA Central Valley has announced the award recipients for its 2015 Design Awards Program, including Indigo, Hammond & Playle Architects, LLP, which won citation award for its new office in downtown Davis. The winning projects were selected by a peer jury from the Board of Directors of AIA Charlotte, North Carolina. Jury Chair, John Paquin, AIA of ZAPATA, Inc., will travel to Sacramento to personally present the awards, and Craig Hodgetts, FAIA of Hodgetts+Fung will serve as Keynote speaker for the event. Winners will receive their awards at a presentation and reception scheduled Friday, October 23rd at 6:00 p.m. in the Friedman Court of the Crocker Art Museum.
The American Institute of Architects started the I look up campaign as the first phase of its public awareness campaign. It's mission is to help people everywhere better understand architecture's contribution to society.
Indigo is the recipient of the USGBC Norther California 2015 Award for Innovation for it's new adaptive reuse office building. According to USGBC:
"Existing buildings are by far the biggest polluters in our built world. Through the adoption of innovative green building products and practices in the adaptive reuse and repurposing of a dilapidated existing building near downtown Davis, Indigo Architects took an old Dairy Queen and turned it into an innovative new office and studio workspace." More >