With energy codes constantly changing in jurisdictions across the country, architecture and building pros discuss their experiences specifying dual-fuel systems, including points about reliability, energy-efficiency, and code compliance.
In this Studio Session, ARCHITECT Editor-in-Chief Paul Makovsky examines how efforts to reduce energy consumption and emissions involve a number of technologies working together — something architecture and building pros know well. In many cases, when looking at energy sources, that means dual-fuel systems that use propane as a backup for electric air source heat pumps and tankless water heating, for example. Through the lens of homes and accessory dwelling units (ADUs) they’ve designed and built, panelists examine how dual-fuel systems often provide a reliable, energy-efficient solution.
Hans Anderle is a principal at Bassenian Lagoni Architects in Newport Beach, California, a firm he joined in 1993. A versatile designer, he has worked on a wide range of projects, from small lot-high density to large lot-luxury, active adult, and multi-family attached and detached. He regularly works with clients like Shea Homes and TRI Pointe Homes on designs that meet the demands of architectural integrity, site and budget constraints, and the multifaceted marketplace. As principal, Hans is responsible for the development and completion of designs on projects for the firm’s builder-clients, along with the management of his design team.
Katie Yost is an associate and senior designer at Bassenian Lagoni, who marries a love for architecture with outstanding technical skills to ensure clients receive well-resolved and clearly presented design solutions. Working primarily with domestic clients, she is part of a team of designers to generate innovative, creative solutions to complex challenges.
Bill Owens, who’s the president of Owens Construction, which is celebrating more than 40 years as a leading residential design/build firm in central Ohio. In addition, Bill is active with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), where he currently serves as Third Vice-Chair of the Board of the NAHB. He’s a 20-year instructor for numerous NAHB designation courses, and he chaired the development committee of NAHB’s Universal Design/Build course. Bill is also a long-time member of Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies–Remodeling Futures Steering Committee and is one of the principal organizers for Better Living Design, a national effort focused on promoting voluntary universal design inclusions into market rate and affordable housing.