When professional photos were taken of the Oakley Home 2.0 project last month, the one thing that bothered me always bugged me was how the bathroom color was over-saturated and not an accurate representation of the real life color palette. Below are the color corrected versions of the professional bathroom photos to give a better idea of what those spaces actually look like.
Earlier this week with some help from one of the best landscape architects in the city, I was able to update the landscape plan for the Oakley Home 2.0 project so that it now includes a variety of drought tolerant plant selections that will pick-up some extra points towards LEED Gold Certification. Below is a screenshot of the new landscape plan and a breakdown of the planting selections.
The LEED Rating System is made up of a combination of Pre-Requisites (mandatory minimum requirements for LEED Certification) and Points, which are above and beyond minimum requirements and determine whether a project is LEED Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum. One of the pre-requisites is for superior furnace filters that have a minimum MERV 8 rating. So why is a MERV 8 filter considered to be a finer choice than the standard filter? Here are few reasons...
MERV 8 AC and Furnace Filters are over 30-times more efficient at capturing micro particles than ordinary fiberglass filters
MERV 8 pleated AC and Furnace filters utilize 100% synthetic media which offers significantly higher particulate efficiency than regular poly/cotton media pleated filters, with little change in static pressure.
These filters capture airborne particles/allergens between 3-10 microns in size, such as particles that carry viruses and bacteria, pollen, dust mites, mold spores, fine dust and pet dander.
MERV 8 filter media is naturally antibacterial and inhibits the growth of bacteria, mold, mildew, or fungi in normal operating environments, without being chemically treated.
MERV 8 pleated filters use permanently charged electrostatic material that helps dust cling to the air conditioner furnace filter.
Finally, these filters last up to 3 months, meaning One 6-pack typically provides over a year's supply of cleaner air.
One of the LEED for Homes credits that the Oakley Home 2.0 is picking-up in its pursuit of LEED Gold Certification is for Contaminant Control where a point is earned for 'Designing a shoe removal and storage space near the primary entry way'. In other words, provide a bench with some baskets for shoes underneath it by the front door. Here are a couple photos of said bench and baskets.
This past weekend I wanted to try and get a feel for the size of the Oakley Home 2.0 garage with a car parked in it to see how much room there was for storage and maneuvering around the vehicle. I was pretty confident based on the fact that I made sure it could easily fit a large SUV that there would be plenty of area to move freely around my Toyota Camry and I'm happy to report that was indeed the case with enough extra space for storing a lawn mower, trash/recycling bins, and bikes. Below are a couple images I took illustrating this was the case.