When Tony Sarich set out to design his new home in California Wine Country, two things were certain: it would have a winery and it would be built with LEED Green Building Rating System certification in mind.
Calif. - When Tony Sarich set out to design his new home in
California Wine Country, two things were certain: it would have a winery and it
would be built with LEED Green Building Rating System certification in mind.
After all, Sarich, a local grape grower, is also co-founder of Manteca-based
American Modular Systems (AMS), the manufacturer of Gen7, an affordable line of
high-performance classrooms designed to meet and exceed the CHPS and LEED
criteria for green schools.
“We learned a tremendous amount about
sustainable design when developing Gen7,” Sarich said. “Our goal was to create a
healthy, energy-efficient learning environment, using the cleanest materials and
the latest technology to provide a complete green solution. I want to apply what
we've learned to my own home, creating an eco-friendly winery and living space
that can be an inspiration to others.”
Construction began last December on phase
one of the two-phase project, a 3,000-square-foot pre-fabricated winery called
River Vine. The finished structures hope to become the Central Valley's first LEED Gold home and the first prefab
winery built offsite to LEED Gold standards. Assembling the winery at the
enclosed 280,000-square-foot AMS manufacturing facility contains costs,
minimizes waste and preserves the integrity of the high-quality building
materials. The 90 percent-completed winery was scheduled to be delivered and
installed on Sarich's 50-acre property in the Lodi Wine Region on Thursday, Feb.
The winery will be state-of-the-art,
blending energy-efficient mechanical and electrical systems with the
cutting-edge green technology perfected in Gen7 schools. Roof-mounted solar
panels provide enough energy to power the winery, as well as the natural well
and future house. To keep the space cool, a super-tight building envelope uses
100 percent recycled blue jean insulation with an R-value of 50 on the roof and
walls. Innovative smart lighting features LED lights throughout, coupled with
natural daylight harvesting to reduce energy usage by 65 percent.
Like the Gen7 classroom, both the winery and
adjacent dwelling will be constructed from recycled and recyclable materials.
All wood is FSC certified and sourced from responsibly managed forests. The
siding is 150-year-old reclaimed oak barn wood. Paints and finishes are low- and
no-VOC (volatile organic compounds) to keep the air clean and odor-free.
Designed in partnership with renowned
architect Marmol Radziner, Sarich's personal residence will be phase two of the
River Vine project. Factory-built to LEED Gold standards, it will be delivered
in fall 2011.