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Haven Studio

Raised toward our $25,000 Goal
70 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on November 18, at 12:00 AM CST
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Haven Studio

Haven Studio will be an interactive, full-scale, teaching tool and learning environment to benefit current and future generations of students as well as our broader community. Due to its location adjacent to the KU School of Architecture and Design’s 67,000 sq ft East Hills Design-Build Lab, this project will serve to educate many different groups. The students working on the Haven homes have already experienced extensive benefits from the process:

  • learning what it takes to build a building;
  • designing for net-zero energy use;
  • collaborating across large and diverse teams;
  • developing an understanding of the allied design fields such as: 
    • mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering;
    • solar design;
    • energy modeling;
  • working closely with consultants and manufacturers;
  • reading and writing specifications;
  • becoming proficient with Building Information Modeling software, and ultimately becoming designers who value sustainable design.

Future students will benefit from this project by interacting with the living lab. This project will be a case study example for learning about environmental systems in a residential application. All the systems will be expressed and diagrammed to make this knowledge accessible. Data collection and energy use/generation monitoring can be integrated into the structure for future research projects and industry partnerships.

In addition to serving as a demonstration net-zero energy home, Haven Studio will function as a clean and quiet space for design collaboration and meetings with outside partners or clients engaged in collaborations with KU Design-Build. The kitchen and living room cabinetry wall will be transformed into a materials library, and the main space will be outfitted with a conference table and a television screen to facilitate design collaboration.

Finally, the exterior street-facing façade of the house will serve as a surface to mount signage to, which will finally and appropriately identify East Hills as the home of KU Design-Build.

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Your gift could contribute to a warm, inviting, locally-harvested, and sustainable thermally-modified Hackberry rainscreen exterior cladding.



Your gift could contribute to a durable, long-lasting, protective standing seam metal shell (roof and north wall).



Your gift could contribute to a highly insulated and air-tight building envelop with state-of the art quad-pane insulated glazing.



Your gift could contribute to state-of-the-art building systems, including a mini-split heat pump and energy recovery ventilator.



Your gift could contribute to a photovoltaic solar system with integrated microinverters able to generate enough clean energy to fully offset the energy consumption of Haven Studio, resulting in a net-zero energy building.

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