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Home Tours 2017

2017 AIA East Bay Home Tours

Saturday, August 12, 2017
10am-4:30pm
Early-bird tickets (through June 30): $40. After June 30: $50 / $60 day-of, if available. Please note tickets have sold out most years.
Click here for tickets

Featuring Houses By:

Fischer Architecture
Jack Backus Architects
Cecily Young, AIA with Moore Ruble Yuddell
ODS Architecture
Turnbull Griffin Haesloop
Chris Parlette, AIA with WA Design

Each year the AIA East Bay Home Tours feature a diverse selection of contemporary homes designed by the Bay Area’s leading architects. We choose from a wide range of project sizes and types which have included finely-detailed in-law units, exuberant historic renovations and stunning modern masterpieces.

Through the AIA East Bay Home Tours, we offer the community an opportunity to experience the impact of collaboration between homeowners and AIA architects, by being inside the houses themselves and talking with the architects who designed them.

The 2017 Houses:

Grizzly
Fischer Architecture

Berkeley

Skyline
Jack Backus Architects

Oakland

Tilden
Cecily Young, AIA with Moore Ruble Yuddell

Berkeley

Kensington
ODS Architecture

Kensington

Elmwood Cottage
Turnbull Griffin Haesloop

Berkeley

Gilman District
Chris Parlette, AIA with WA Design
Berkeley

Questions? Please contact Sidney Sweeney, executive director at 510/464-3600 or sidney@aiaeb.org.

The World’s Healthiest Home

Monday, March 9, 2015
Noon-1:30pm

Free, all are welcome. Please Click Here to RSVP

1.5 CES/HSW LU

What if one of your clients asked you to build “the world’s healthiest house?”

Michael McCutcheon, Allied Member, presents the results of a unique project where the charge from the owner was to build the “healthiest” home possible, with cost as virtually no object — not just for the future occupants, but also the workers, manufacturers, and even the firemen who would have to enter the house if it caught fire.

Kitchen FINAL LR DSC_1458 Basement DSC_1221
McCutcheon Construction, Inc.

About the Presenter

Michael Bio with Picture 2015Michael McCutcheon, Allied Member, McCutcheon Construction, IncMichael is the founder of McCutcheon Construction, Inc. and a leader in the sustainable building movement. He helped develop the curriculum for the Build It Green Certified Green Building Professional program and was a founding member and past President of the Board of Directors of Build It Green. Michael is a Certified Green Building Professional and a member of the Green Remodelers Guild, Build It Green, and the Ask an Expert forum of United Policyholders.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn the basic considerations of what makes a building healthy or unhealthy for the occupants, workers, and manufacturers.
  2. Become familiar with the resources (mostly online) for figuring out how healthy (or toxic) any given material is.
  3. Widen the attendees awareness of “health” to include EMF, water purity, toxicity during fires, etc.
  4. Learn the challenges and problems that arose from this unusual project and the lessons learned.

Small Firm Forum: Berkeley West Branch Library

Thursday, September 4, 2014
Noon-1:30pm
Location: Berkeley West Branch Library, 1125 University Avenue, Berkeley (east of San Pablo Avenue)
Everyone is welcomed to attend an optional no-host lunch at Priya North and South Indian Cuisine, 2072 San Pablo Avenue (west side of first block south of University).
Free and open to all. Click here to RSVP.

1.5 CES/HSW LUs

Join the Small Firm Forum of a tour of the West Berkeley Public Library in September!

The 9,500sf West Berkeley Public Library situated along bustling University Ave is projected to be a net zero energy (and potentially net positive) with a EUI of 17kbtuh/sf-yr.

The project’s building team, led by Harley Ellis Devereaux’s GreenWorks Studio, is targeting LEED Gold. The $5.5 million library is one of the first projects to take part in the California Public Utility Commission’s ZNE Energy Pilot Program, supported by the Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

Passive design strategies like natural ventilation, radiant heating/cooling, and daylighting helped meet the aggressive energy goals. Prevailing winds off the Bay made natural ventilation a logical approach. With the help of CFD modeling, the design team devised a clever natural ventilation scheme that uses negative pressure to pull in fresh air at the rear of the building and then circulate it through the interior spaces.

Speaker Bio:

Luciana Arim has 15 years of architectural experience in the State of California and brings with her an international perspective having worked abroad. Her skills include the full range of processes critical to successful projects, from budgeting to cost estimating to construction administration. In addition, her excellent communication and coordination skills are key to her experience in Design Reviews and the Building Permitting Process.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this program, attendees will:

  1. Understand how a climate action plan can impact a project for ZNE.
  2. The importance of setting design criteria for design build systems like PV or solar thermal where ZNE in a highly integrated building is concerned.
  3. For systems like PV, ensuring how you design the interface between the roof and their racks is future proof and accounts for roof slope.
  4. Understand how the systems and design strategies work for this particular ZNE building in its specific climate and site.

West Berkeley Library

2014 Home Tours

2014 AIA East Bay Home Tours
Saturday, August 9, 2014
10am-4:30pm

Click here to purchase tickets.
$50 in advance
$60 Tour Day, if available
Tour Day ticket headquarters: Bica Coffeehouse, 5701 College Ave, Rockridge

AIA East Bay announces the return of its popular Home Tours. This year’s tour is Saturday, August 9, 2014. Our “mostly self-guided” tour celebrates design excellence, inspiring and educating the public about the impact of architects and architecture on East Bay living.

2014 Sponsors:

Premier Sponsor
The Grubb Company

Media Sponsor
Diablo Magazine

Industry Sponsors
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2014 Homes:

Craftsman

Craftsman Addition
Albany
Eisenmann Architecture

MidCenturyModern

Midcentury Modern
Berkeley
Koch Architects

 Cabin

Contemporary Cabin
Berkeley
John Quiter, AIA

Gallery

Gallery House
Berkeley
Regan Bice Architects

LEED

LEED Ranch
Piedmont
Michelle Kaufmann Studio

 ViewHouse

View House
Oakland
WA Design

 

Featuring Houses By:

Eisenmann Architecture
Michelle Kaufmann Studio
Koch Architects
John Quiter, AIA
Regan Bice Architects
WA Design

The AIA East Bay Home Tours feature a diverse selection of contemporary homes designed by the Bay Area’s leading architects, ranging from finely-detailed in-law units to exuberant historic renovations to stunning modern masterpieces.

The AIA East Bay Home Tours is the best way for our community to learn how an architect transforms a house into a home.

Questions? Please contact Sidney Sweeney, executive director at 510/464-3600 or sidney@aiaeb.org.

Low-Emissivity (low-e) Glass and Low Energy Building Design

Friday, April 11, 2014
1:00pm – 5pm
Cost: No fee for this program for California businesses and residents.
Click here for registration (select Oakland as location)
4 CES-HSW LU’s

Bill Burke from the PEC staff will discuss how low-emissivity (low-e) and spectrally selective coatings affect the performance of window glass. He will also describe the impact of framing material and spacers on thermal performance, and review current Title 24 energy standards for residential and nonresidential windows.

• Introductions and Safety Announcements
• Methods of Heat Transfer
• Heat Loss and U-Factor
• Heat Gain and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient
• Thermal Energy
• Solar Heat
• Visible and Infrared Wavelengths
• Emissivity
• Low-e Coatings and Glass
• Reducing Winter Heat Loss
• Spectrally Selective Coatings and Glass
• Reducing Summer Heat Gain
• The Impact of the Frame
• Financial Incentives
• Window Choices and Whole Building Energy Use

Presenter:
William Burke is an architect with more than 20 years experience emphasizing environmental issues and energy efficiency. As Program Manager at Pacific Gas & Electric Company’s (PG&E) Pacific Energy Center, Bill manages the Pacific Energy Center’s architectural educational programs and consultations, with a focus on improved building performance through good site design, high performance glazing, daylighting, and other green building strategies.

Immediately prior to joining PG&E, Bill managed the Vital Signs Curriculum Project. Vital Signs, organized through the University of California, Berkeley, assisted educators in introducing energy efficiency and building performance topics into architectural curricula at schools throughout North America. Bill practiced architecture in the San Francisco offices of HOK and MBT Architecture, where he completed numerous health care and laboratory projects.

Bill received his M.Arch. degree from the University of Oregon in 1986 and a B.A. from Grinnell College in 1976. He is a registered architect in the State of California, a member of the American Institute of Architects, and a LEED Accredited Professional.

Design Tour: West Berkeley Public Library

Friday, September 6, 2013
Noon
1125 University Avenue at San Pablo, Berkeley, 94602
$5 AIA East Bay Members; $10 Non-members
Click here to register
All must bring their own hard hat, vest and wear appropriate shoes.

Join AIA East Bay for a special hard hat tour of the West Berkeley Public Library, led by Gerard Lee, AIA.

The 9,500sf West Berkeley Public Library situated along bustling University Ave is projected to be a net zero energy (and potentially net positive) with a EUI of 17kbtuh/sf-yr.

The project’s building team, led by Harley Ellis Devereaux’s GreenWorks Studio (www.harleyellisdevereaux.com), is targeting LEED Gold. The $5.5 million library is one of the first projects to take part in the California Public Utility Commission’s ZNE Energy Pilot Program, supported by the Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

Passive design strategies like natural ventilation, radiant heating/cooling, and daylighting helped meet the aggressive energy goals. Prevailing winds off the Bay made natural ventilation a logical approach.  With the help of CFD modeling, the design team devised a clever natural ventilation scheme that uses negative pressure to pull in fresh air at the rear of the building and then circulate it through the interior spaces.

 

Small Firm Forum: The World of Wood Flooring: Characteristics, Current Trends, Specification and Building Green

Thursday, August 1, 2013
Noon-1:30PM

Location:
Tulip Hardwood Floors
1190 Tenth Street
Berkeley, Ca 94710

Cost: Free for AIA Members/$3 Non Members  Click here to Register

Lunch provided by Tulip Hardwood Floors. 

Reservations required by noon July 31, 2013

Many people ask “Why use wood?” The answer is that wood, when responsibly harvested, is by far one of the greenest building products available. It is renewable, biodegradable, easy to recycle and produced primarily with rainwater and solar energy. Unlike concrete, steel and oil, (which is used in the manufacturing of nearly all synthetic products) it does not come from finite resources extracted from the ground that can never be returned to it. The carbon footprint of wood products is far lower than most other building products, in many cases it is either carbon neutral or carbon negative. This is because sustainable forestry can actually cause an increase in carbon absorption by forests, with more new trees growing in the place of the harvested trees. On the manufacturing side, the transformation of wood into flooring is significantly less carbon intensive than manufacturing carpet, vinyl or even stone. And the best reason of all is it is beautiful.

About the speakers:

Avi Atid, President and owner of Tulip has worked in the wood floor industry for 28 years developing an unparalleled expertise in all facets of wood flooring. He oversees all Tulip operations, installations, sourcing and heads our state of the art fabrication and finishing facility. He is artist, a master in customization, finish and color. He creates many of the special products Tulip Floors offers.  Avi is an active member of the National Wood Flooring Association. Because of his extensive experience in creating, fabricating and installing numerous unique hardwood floors, Avi has an unerring knowledge of what to look for to identify and create quality floor products. His hobby is Japanese woodworking.

Heidi Headapohl, Vice president and co-owner of has been responsible for product sourcing, trend identification, design consultation and product selection at Tulip for the last ten years. She is a member of National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA), National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and recent Board Member of National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). Heidi is a champion of green products and provides alternatives such as bamboo, cork, reclaimed and urban logged wood. She works extensively with the Design and Architect communities.

Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will learn the fundamental characteristics of wood flooring: species, formats, hardness, types of cuts, finishes, surface treatments and installation methods.

2. They will be able to describe the green aspects of using wood and alternative products such as cork and bamboo for flooring.

3. They will gain an enhanced ability to specify current wood floor products, finishes and surface treatments (available today) and become familiar with the best alternatives for green building with sustainable products and finishes.

4. Attendees understand the pros and cons of using different flooring formats and finishes.

5. Architects will see samples of many species, multiple finishes and available surface treatments.

The Top 5 Mistakes Architects Make When Specifying Solar PV

Hosted by Committee on the Environment

Friday, June 28
Noon – 1:30pm
Event is free and open to all
Click here to RSVP

1.5 CES LUs

Sun’s Free Solar lectured at the AIA East Bay chapter in 2009 on solar basics.  This month Kevin Good, owner, will make a presentation based on the company’s experience working with architects and builders over the years in an effort to bring the lessons learned into the light.

About the Presenter: Sun’s Free Solar is an Alameda based, C10 (electrical) contractor, founded in 2008 by Kevin Good.  Kevin owned and operated his other C10 contracting company, Well Grounded Electric, from 2002 to 2010.  Prior to forming his own companies, Kevin Good was a Journeyman Electrician in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 595.   Largely with a commercial wiring background, Kevin identified a market for rewiring the Victorians of Alameda, then later identified a market for clean energy alternatives in solar power that were now becoming available to everyone through rebates and tax credits.

Sun’s Free Solar (now in its 6th year) is a solar PV integrator.  Sun’s Free handles everything from system design, permitting, rebates, installation and interconnection to the utility.  Because the East Bay has such a vast diversity of roofs, Sun’s Free has become a specialist at finding solutions for complicated installations.

Learning objectives: 

1.  Attendees will learn how to best represent the client’s interest, the right investment, the right equipment and how to make sure installation is on time and under budget.

2.  Attendees will learn the design and integration of solar in the roof plan, factoring hips, gables, vents, and skylight, ground mounted and pergola solutions.  There are some amazing, sleek solutions.

3.  Attendees will discuss the ever changing tide of technology panels, racking solutions, micro-inversion…solar is one of the World’s fastest changing building trades.  Staying current is a full time job.

4. Attendees will learn the permit process, of the biggest barriers for contractors and architects as EVERY city has its own criteria in a permit package.

5. Attendees will also discuss how today’s energy consumption will not be tomorrow’s, the Electric Car and Plug-in Hybrids are very real and your clients will have these,  not going solar today, but a roof and attic are going in?  Plan for solar.

Click here to RSVP

Design Tour: Firehouse Arts Center

Tuesday, May 21
4:30pm

Location: 4444 Railroad Ave, Pleasanton, CA 94566

Cost: Free AIA Members; $5 Guests. Click here to register.

1.5 CES  Lus

Kurt Schindler, FAIA, of ELS Architecture and Urban Design leads us on a design tour of Pleasanton’s newest jewel: the Firehouse Arts Center.

The City of Pleasanton’s historic 1929 Fire House One was completely renovated and transformed into a newly expanded arts center featuring a state-of-the-art flexible 230-seat theater, a fine arts gallery, full classrooms, a grand lobby and office space. A new landmark for theater and visual arts, the 17,000 s.f. facility creates a strong pedestrian connection from Main Street to the expanded Lions Wayside Park and serves as the catalyst for the development of downtown Pleasanton into a thriving cultural arts district. The center was also designed with sustainable design strategies equivalent to a LEED Silver rating.

Design Tour: Chabot College Community and Student Services Center

Chabot College Community and Student Services Center
Wednesday, May 15
4pm

Location: Hayward, CA
Cost: Free AIA Members; $5 Guests.  Click here to register.

1.5 CES/HSW Lus

tBP Architects’ Student Services Center at Chabot College is a LEED Platinum facility which not only meets the needs of the growing student population at Chabot College, but also facilitate interaction as a community center within the neighboring community. Its siting and form completes the campus frontage, defines a public plaza, and creates a pedestrian thoroughfare, opening the campus core to the Hayward community. The two-story atrium engages the public plaza, drawing visitors in to discover a variety of service and information counters, flexible study lounges, counseling offices and resource areas. The innovative design “breaks-down barriers” between departments, creates a welcoming student environment to support student success.

Join AIA East Bay for a tour of this highly sustainable building, led by Phil Newsom, Architect, and Doug Horner, AIA.