Net Positive Studio Presents St. John Prototype

Our studio presented the net positive house to jurors on the final presentation of our semester and Kermer Jury on May 4th and May 8th via zoom. We were grateful to have Prof. Todd Gabbard (Associate Professor K-State), Prof. Judy Gordon (Associate Professor K-State), Prof. Leslie Gordon (Associate Professor K-State), Donna Schenck-Hamlin (Program Associate-KSU CenterContinue reading “Net Positive Studio Presents St. John Prototype”

Net Positive Studio Update

The Net Positive Studio was critiqued by four faculty within K-State’s Department of Architecture on Friday, April 17 via Zoom videoconference, reviewing the studio’s progress and development through an ongoing compilation of a book highlighting all the work completed in the 2019-2020 academic year. This collaborative effort outlines and explains the research, processes, and designContinue reading “Net Positive Studio Update”

Net Positive Studio Reviews Resilient Architecture

Following the protocols of social distancing, the Net Positive Studio too has transitioned into online learning. As our focus shifted from building prefab to intensive research for our book, we realized this phenomenon was a perfect time to reflect on the purpose of our future careers. After an extended two-week spring break, the Net positive studio got together to talk about theirContinue reading “Net Positive Studio Reviews Resilient Architecture”

Studio Pivot

The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. No matter how carefully a project is planned, complications may arise. Unfortunately, just when prefabrication was ramping up in the shop, we learned that all campus activities would be shut down in accordance with Kansas State University’s response to the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) andContinue reading “Studio Pivot”

The Net Positive Studio Begins Prefabrication

The 28th of February saw the first of our material shipments arrive (the largest part of our lumber order), marking our studio’s shift from the classroom to the workshop. While we didn’t have all the materials needed to start panel fabrication, we had some prep work that needed to take place before fabrication. Materials neededContinue reading “The Net Positive Studio Begins Prefabrication”

Net Positive Studio Designs Casework for the St. John Prototype

The decision of the studio was to build custom casework for our design project.  Since we are designing a residence with a very small footprint, we were faced with providing storage in a home in which it is essential to utilize the square footage efficiently.  We strived to provide a place for people to notContinue reading “Net Positive Studio Designs Casework for the St. John Prototype”

Net Positive Studio Conducts a Cost Estimate on St. John Prototype

As the design of our home continued to progress into its final form, we had students create an accurate cost management plan. While the design is at the core of our work, we need to understand the implications of our design. For a time-sensitive project like ours, understanding how we built it and with whatContinue reading “Net Positive Studio Conducts a Cost Estimate on St. John Prototype”

Net Positive Studio Designs Mechanical Electrical and Plumbing Work for the St. John Prototype

In our Net+ House, we considered not only insulation, openings, orientation but also considered efficient MEP systems to solve our purpose. The mechanical, electrical and plumbing equipment are selected based on their energy-saving property, efficiency, and cost. We used Mitsubishi – 30k BTU – M-Series Multi-Position Air Handler. The SVZ-KP air handler includes an ECMContinue reading “Net Positive Studio Designs Mechanical Electrical and Plumbing Work for the St. John Prototype”

Solar Decathlon CD Set – Submission

For the first several weeks of the Fall semester, the Net+ Studio has been working hard to complete our construction and structural documents for review in preparation for the Solar Decathlon. Our team is happy to say that we submitted our revised drawing set to the Solar Decathlon on February 18th and are now makingContinue reading “Solar Decathlon CD Set – Submission”

Studio Completes Redesign for St. John House

The Final Design for the sustainable home of St. John or, 806  N Broadway, turned into a modern form of many of the design principles that embody the homes of this small Kansas town. The main driver for aesthetic decisions relied on affordability and sustainability. The house is rectangular in plan, stretching from East to WestContinue reading “Studio Completes Redesign for St. John House”