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Trade Winds

Trade Winds

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    For the Trade Winds residence in Sarasota, Fla., designer and builder Josh Wynne borrowed detailing from traditional Caribbean Dutch Colonial architecture, including curvilinear parapets, arched doorways, and flat roof tiles. Completed in 2011, the home garnered NGBS Emerald, LEED Platinum, and Florida Green Building Coalition Emerald ratings.

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    Trade Winds meets EPA’s Indoor airPLUS specifications for indoor air quality. The project uses all low or no-VOC products as well as urea-formaldehyde free plywood. And a MERV-13 filtration system maintains clean air throughout the house.

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    Wynne and his crew reclaimed the pecky cypress front door from the original house on the property, a bungalow built in the early 1950’s. 91 to 92 percent of the waste from demolition was recycled or reused in the new house, and a local woodworker made the cabinetry. “The client had a real commitment to using local and recycled materials,” Wynne says.

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    Low-flow Kohler fixtures inside the house and a high-efficiency irrigation system outside, along with low-water-use landscaping, help keep water use to a minimum. Trade Winds received a Gold rating in the Florida Water Star program for its water conservation efforts.

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    A giant ficus tree in the front yard effectively shades the home’s west elevation. Incorporating this existing element as part of the overall passive cooling strategy exemplifies the project's low-tech green focus. “The client was interested in being as green as possible, without adding systems that might require additional maintenance,” Wynne says.

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    The waterfront home gets its name from its reliance on the cooling breezes from Sarasota Bay. Its east-facing rear elevation contains a covered balcony and porch, which help with passive cooling. Corresponding windows on the front and rear of the house promote cross-ventilation. The owners reserve use of a 5-zone, 20.5 SEER air conditioning system for particularly hot spells.

 

Josh Wynne’s client for this Sarasota, Fla., vacation residence took more of an interest in the building process than a typical homeowner does, due to his professional background. As a builder who specializes in multifamily projects, the client holds practical views on energy and resource conservation that shaped Wynne’s approach to designing and building the home. “He and his wife felt that if they were going to have a part-time house, they had a responsibility to make it as efficient as possible and use as few materials as possible,” Wynne says.

The couple had hoped to remodel the site’s modest bungalow, but complex FEMA regulations made building new more practical. Wynne and his crew put their salvage skills to work throughout deconstruction and building, recycling or reusing up to 92 percent of the project’s construction waste. Many additional materials for the new Caribbean Dutch Colonial–style house were made locally or salvaged from other projects.

Wynne called the waterfront home Trade Winds, after the breezes that come in from Sarasota Bay, and he designed the house to take full advantage of their natural cooling effect. Openings placed for cross-ventilation, an existing shade tree, and argon-filled low-E windows all do their part; during extremely warm periods, a five-zone, 20.5-SEER air conditioning system kicks in.

While Wynne takes great pride in the home’s LEED Platinum and NGBS Emerald ratings, the environmental outcome that pleases him the most has nothing to do with the house itself. It’s the fact that the client now incorporates energy-efficient building techniques into his multifamily work. Says Wynne: “When people take green ideas and knowledge and put it into mass-produced housing, it’s substantially more than I can do by myself.”


Read more about Josh Wynne Construction in EcoHome's profile.