Vineyard Lodge Expansion
The CIA’s Vineyard Lodge Expansion is now complete and fully occupied by sixty (60) new culinary students from all across the country. Healthy Buildings Construction Group is proud of the finished product, and even prouder to have been involved in the construction of one of the first LEED® rated dormitories in the country. The Culinary Institute at Greystone was adamant about building a dormitory that had as little impact on the environment as possible. The partnership with Healthy Buildings as Project Manager, LEED® Consultant and General Contractor proved to be a successful collaboration for all.
The Vineyard Lodge is a prime example of how smart design decisions and experience in building green can result in a high performance building with little added cost over conventional construction.
The total energy savings at the Vineyard Lodge is a result of combining both high tech and low tech building solutions. Some high tech systems that contribute to the overall building performance are an 18KW Photovoltaic System, which provides 30% of the building’s energy; a highly efficient Solar Hot Water system, which during clear days provides 100% of the dormitory’s hot water needs; and a high efficient and programmable VRV (Variable Refrigerant Volume) HVAC system. Other more low-tech, but equally important, elements are Passive Heating and Cooling, i.e. building orientation and increased glazing; using a light colored roof; and increasing insulation throughout the living areas and attic.
Healthy Buildings would like to extend its thanks to The Culinary Institute for pioneering such a successful project and helping to advance sustainable building in the Napa Valley.