4045 Bonita Avenue - LEED Project
- Building orientation for solar design - Bonita is oriented to take advantage of south-facing roof areas for future solar installation and south-facing windows that will be shaded in the summer (thereby reducing the amount of air conditioning needed).
- Infill development and previously developed land - The home is located in an existing and well-established community that’s bordered by homes on all sides. Since this home is being built on previously developed land, it won’t contribute to urban sprawl, doesn’t put a new drain on natural resources, and uses existing utility connections.
- Extensive community resources and transit and access to open space - Also due to the home’s location in a well-established neighborhood, the project has achieved points for being located within a quarter mile of at least seven basic community resources such as shopping centers, places of worship, and public transit. The home is also within half mile of public access to open park space. This aspect of the home’s location enhances community walkability (lessening the need for vehicle use), which contributes to greenhouse gas reductions and health benefits.
This luxurious residence is an adaptation of the Brillhart House designed by Jacob and Melissa Brillhart of Brillhart Architecture. Influenced by the principles of Tropical Modernism the original design has won multiple awards and honors:
BEST SINGLE FAMILY HOUSE, ARCHITECTS’ NEWSPAPER – 2014
AIA MIAMI HONOR AWARD 2014
AIA FLORIDA HONOR AWARD 2015
"The design for our house relies on a back-to-the-basics approach – specifically studying old architectural models that care about good form but are also good for something. Each design decision was organized around four central questions that challenge the culture for building big: what is necessary; how can we minimize our impact on the earth; how do we respect the context of the neighborhood; and what can we really build?"
So, what’s next for Bonita? We’ll have more of this story as it continues to develop. Follow us here for our updated LEED certification progress and to discover all the amazing features this sustainable home will have to offer.