Tektonika Studio Architects welcomes new staff

by Tektonika Studio Architects on June 20, 2013

Stowe, VT – June 17, 2013mike

Tektonika Studio Architects is pleased to welcome a new Project Architect, Michael Perpall, to its staff.  Michael is a LEED accredited professional and also currently holds Architectural licenses in Massachusetts and Vermont.  Joining the TSA team in January of 2013, Michael brings approximately 12 years of experience to the studio.  Professionally his background and experience are in multi-family residential projects, as well as large-scale commercial and hospitality projects.  Michael originally relocated to Vermont in 2010 after having grown up in Falmouth, MA.  Michael, his wife and son are very happy to have set down permanent roots in Stowe and are enjoying calling the welcoming village ‘home’.  Michael obtained a Master of Architecture in 2001 from Tulane University with Honors where he received numerous scholarships and awards for his academic work.  Prior to joining the TSA team he held positions with a variety of award-winning internationally known firms throughout the Northeast such as Yarosh Associates, Woodbrier Associates, Wallace, Roberts &Todd, McManus Architects, Breadloaf Corporation and most recently The Design Group of Warren, VT.  Professionally Michael is interested in the balance of building science and architectural design.  He enjoys paying special attention to building detailing to ensure that all components of the design work well together and do not compromise the energy efficient strategy or the overall design intent.  Outside of the office Michael enjoys the outdoors and those activities that initially drew him to the Green Mountains years ago for routine visits; skiing, snowboarding, hiking, biking, golfing, kayaking and fishing.

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Jetson Green highlights sustainability attributes of TSA project

by Tektonika Studio Architects on June 5, 2013

Lake Champlain House

ARTICLE EXCERPT: “Built with recycled and salvaged materials from a dilapidated and deconstructed cottage that was already present on the 0.35 acre lot, the west side of this 2,000 square foot home faces Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont. Sweeping views of the lake are broken only by a granite fireplace.

Following the original footprint of the cottage, with the addition of 375 square feet on the east side, Ernie Ruskey, AIA, of Tektonika Studio Architects worked with builder Tim Frost to minimize energy use during the cold winter months while protecting the landscape. They have achieve a 50 percent total energy savings over a 2004 IECC code-level home, an EPA Energy Star 5-Star Plus rating, and a HERS rating of 57. Ninety-five percent of the home is daylit and can be ventilated or cooled with operable windows. Total energy used is approximately 104.2 MMBtu.

All of the framing joints were caulked and a blower-door test was run before drywall was installed. Windows are double-pane with low-E coating. Glazing was added on the west and south sides where shade is provided by four-foot overhangs.

Moisture levels are controlled by an air-to-air heat exchanger. Heating loads are managed by an efficient natural gas boiler. Hydronic in-floor heating is provided on the main level with used Runtal radiators supplying heat to the upper level.

Under cabinet and recessed lighting is supplied by LED or CFL, while incandescents are retained where their warmth is most effectively used (such as above the kitchen island).

Local materials used in construction include maple for floor planks and the kitchen island counter, stone for the fireplace, entry foyer slate tiles, and outdoor bluestone pavers.”

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O’Connor, Lynne. “A Room with a View: Lakeside Vermont Home Minimizes Overall Energy Load and Maximizes Solar Gain.” Jetson Green. n.p., 5 June 2013. Web. 5 June 2013.