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New Harmony wins another design award

New Harmony Mutual Housing Community in Davis recently won another green award in sustainable design for its structural engineers, Sacramento-based Barrish Pelham and Associates Inc.

“It is exciting to be honored for something you believe in such as sustainable design,” said Jason Scanlan, principal with Barris Pelham and Associates.

The award is from the Structural Engineers Association of Central California, which honored excellence in four categories, including sustainable design, historic preservation, retrofit and new construction.

The east-to-west orientation of the New Harmony buildings, 3023 Albany Ave. in South Davis, takes advantage of the rooftop photovoltaic system that supplies 80 percent of the community’s energy. Shading on southern windows reduces heat exposure. To preserve resources, 90 percent of the roof and ceiling frames used engineered or prefabricated materials, Scanlan said.

To reduce waste, walls were organized individually, cut to fit and assembled off-site. After that, walls were put on pallets and trucked in.

Window and door headers were sized for specific load demand, while the top floor and interior walls were framed with 24-inch studs instead of the standard 16-inch frames.

The three story buildings also use gearless elevators that don’t have oil, which is not only a disposal problem, but can leak, Scanlan said.

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