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Apartment Therapy

Isabelle's Greenest House in Venice

 

 

   

 

Architect Isabelle Duvivier had been living in rentals in Venice for many years when she decided to purchase her own home. She fell in love with a 1912 Craftsman cottage in Venice, although the place was not without its challenges — the house needed major repairs. Keeping historic elements from the home while renovating it to meet and exceed green standards was very important to Isabelle.

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InHabitat

Venice, CA's First LEED Platinum Home is a Remodel of a 100 Year Old Craftsman

November 13, 2012

 

   

 

Venice, California now has a LEED Platinum building within its city limits thanks to the sustainable aptitude of Duvivier Architects and their design of the Brooks Residence. The home received a total of 109 points, ranking it within the top 10 LEED rated homes in California and the top 25 LEED rated homes in the US. Principal of Duvivier Architects, Isabelle Duvivier, is an ongoing advocate for low-tech, simple, and modern design implementations -- not to mention an environmentalist at heart. So unlike typical LEED Platinum buildings which are built completely new, the Brooks Residence is a remodel and addition to a 1912 Craftsman Cottage. That means in addition to the typical day lighting schemes, ventilation (there is no need for air conditioning), low-flow fixtures, and energy saving appliances, this home has a number of unique stories that begin to reveal themselves as soon as you step over the entry threshold.

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Mother Nature Network

LEED for Homes recipients revealed ahead of Greenbuild 2012

by Matt Hickman

November 13, 2012

 

   

 

With the U.S. Green Building Council's Greenbuild International Conference and Expo about to kick off in San Francisco, the organization announces the recipients of the 2012 LEED for Homes Awards.

After forcing attendees to brandish their passports and travel to Toronto last year, the U.S. Green Building Council’s annual jamboree, the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, has returned to American soil for this year’s show. It officially kicks off tomorrow.

For the first time in Greenbuild’s 10-year history, the event will be held in beautiful, green building-heavy San Francisco and fittingly enough a primary venue, the Moscone Center, just recently achieved LEED Gold certification following an extensive facelift and renovation. Highlights of Greenbuild 2012 including opening plenary speeches from Newark, N.J.’s superhero/Mayor Cory Booker, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, Majora Carter, George Pataki, and others; a fantastic line-up of workshops, education sessions, summits, and master speeches; building tours; a film festival; a scavenger hunt; and a celebration party with a live performance by Train (hello 1998!) that’s meant to “spark excitement and invigorate the green building community.” 
 
It’s been a monumental (LEED for Homes surpasses the 20,000 mark), awkward (thedelay of LEED 2012 to 2013), and, at times, trying (Thomas Frank’s controversial,relentlessly ouch-y expose on the shortcomings of LEED published in USA TODAY last month) year for the USGBC. But, as always, Greenbuild is an excuse for the green building community to let its collective hair down while sobering up enough for "three days of outstanding educational sessions, renowned speakers, green building tours, special seminars, and networking events.” Also, based on what I'm seeing from Greenbuild 2012's promotional materials, there will be a whole lot of Twitter-based schmoozing going on.
 
Award ceremonies are also an intergral part of Greenbuild. At Thursday’s Greenbuild Residential Summit, perhaps the most anticipated honors, the LEED for Homes Awards, will be presented. Says Nate Kredich, VP of Residential Market Development at the USGBC in a press release: “This year’s leadership recipients represent a dynamic field showcasing the range of residential developments that certify under USGBC’s LEED for Homes program each year. The fact that our project of the year is an affordable housing development that achieved LEED Platinum certification is a shining example of how diversified the LEED for Homes portfolio has become.”
 
The project of the year that Kredich mentions is of special interest to me: The development is located on the Puyallup Tribal Reservation right outside my hometown of Tacoma, Wash. I was actually completely unaware of the project until now and look forward to learning more.
 
Scroll down to read more about that project and others being honored with 2012 LEED for Homes Awards. A tip of the hat to all parties mentioned!

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EDC

USGBC Announces 2012 LEED for Homes Award Recipients

November 12, 2012

 

   

 

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has named the recipients of the 2012 LEED for Homes Awards, recognizing projects, developers and homebuilders who have demonstrated leadership in the residential green building marketplace. The awards will be presented during the Residential Summit reception on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo held in San Francisco. The award categories recognize innovative multi- and single-family projects, production builders, affordable housing projects and developers, an overall commitment to LEED for Homes and Project of the Year.

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Outstanding Single Family Project – Brooks Residence (architect Isabelle Duvivier): Located in Venice, Calif., the Brooks Residence is a 1,700 square foot LEED Platinum home. Homeowner and architect, Isabelle Duvivier, purchased the 100-year-old home in a well-established, low-income neighborhood in order to restore it. The goal was to reduce the footprint and impact of the house on the planet through water, energy and material efficiency. Above and beyond that goal, the home design works to restore habitats for birds, bees and butterflies and creates educational opportunities for the local community.

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USGBC -

2012 LEED for Homes Award Recipients Announced

November 12, 2012

 

   

 

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has named the recipients of the 2012 LEED for Homes Awards, recognizing projects, developers and homebuilders that have demonstrated leadership in the residential green building marketplace. The awards will be presented during the Residential Summit reception on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo held in San Francisco. The award categories recognize innovative multi- and single-family projects, production builders, affordable housing projects and developers, an overall commitment to LEED for Homes and Project of the Year.

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Outstanding Single Family Project – Brooks Residence (architect Isabelle Duvivier): Located in Venice, Calif., the Brooks Residence is a 1,700 sq. ft. LEED Platinum home. Homeowner and architect, Isabelle Duvivier, purchased the 100-year-old home in a well-established, low-income neighborhood in order to restore it. The goal was to reduce the footprint/impact of the house on the planet through water, energy and material efficiency. Above and beyond that goal, the home design works to restore habitats for birds, bees and butterflies and creates educational opportunities for the local community.

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Venice - Mar Vista Patch

Venice Home Wins "Greenest House" in the US Award

November 13, 2012

 

   

 

Check out this special open house and tour on Saturday afternoon, which features a green home in Culver City's Lindberg Park neighborhood. It's designed by Westside architect and environmentalist Isabelle Duvivier, a long-time friend and colleague active in rivers, wetlands, watershed action, bicycling and architecture.

Jim Lamm, President
Ballona Creek Renaissance (BCR)
New Beginnings for Ballona Creek, Trail, and Watershed
www.ballonacreek.org

Pickford House - Green Dream Home
Designed by Isabelle Duvivier, AIA, LEED AP
Owned and built by Todd and Karyn Eichenberger
10830 Pickford Way, Culver City 90230
Free for Eco-Home members, $5 for non-members (www.ecohome.org)
This house is certified LEED Platinum, the highest environmental rating in the US, the ultimate in green architecture. The house is oriented to the south, has a three story cooling tower, a living green wall. It has efficient windows, water heater and appliances. It features a stormwater percolation pit and has a greywater system awaiting final City approval.

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Ballona Creek Watershed News and Information

Eco-Home Network Tour of Green Dream Home, July 18, 1-4 P.M.

by David Carini

July 14, 2009

 

   

 

A remodeled 1912 Craftsman’s cottage on Brooks Street will be awarded on Thursday for most “Outstanding Single Family Project” at an international green building conference.

The home is 52 percent more efficient than the average California home and collects 800 gallons of rainwater with two cisterns. Many materials were recycled from the old structure, like the original 2x4s in the walls that were used to build an open bookshelf and staircase. 

The Venice house, located at 539 Brooks St. achieved LEED Platinum, the highest rating in green building. The approximately 2,000-square-foot house features a storm water collection system, a native drought-tolerant garden and solar panels. Isabelle Duvivier is the home’s owner and architect.

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Culver City News

Tour the Greenest House in Town

July 13-July 19, 2009

 

   

 

This Saturday July 18, from 1 to 4 p.m., there will be a special tour of the greenest home in Culver City's Lindberg Park neighborhood. The house, 10830 Pickford Way, was designed by architect and environmentalist Isabelle Duvivier, and is certified as LEED Platinum, the highest environmental rating in the United States. Owned and built by Todd and Karyn Eichenberger, this house is the ultimate in green architecture, and featuring solar power and gray water systems that will be key elements in future building. Admission is free to Eco-home members and $5 for non-members.

Duvivier notes "This is a house that can make a difference in our world. It is an example of how we need to be building to reduce our carbon footprint. I am excited to share this awesome house with you." The Eichenberger’s are pleased to be able to share their environmental commitment with the community, and hope that everyone who comes to see this house will be inspired to live with the planet in mind.

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UCLA Extension Arc_ID Blog

Pickford Home by Isabelle Duvivier

June 6, 2009

 

   

 

Take a tour of the Pickford home, designed by Isabelle Duvivier (LEED AP) and owned by Todd and Karyn Eichenberger. The tour takes place Saturday, July 18, 2009, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 10830 Pickford Way, Culver City 90230. Tour is free for Eco-Home members, $5 for non-members.

From the Duvivier Architects website:
“This house is certified LEED Platinum, the highest environmental rating in the US, the ultimate in green architecture. The house is oriented to the south, has a three story cooling tower, and a living green wall. It has efficient windows, water heater and appliances. It features a storm water percolation pit and has a greywater system awaiting final City approval.”

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Ecolution Bulletin
The Eco-Home Journal

 

   

 

The Pickford House, named for the street on which it is situated, is the home of Todd and Karyn Eichenberger and the venue of our next Eco-Building Forum. This event, and the home it is showcasing, has special meaning for us old-time Eco-Home Networkers because owner/builder Todd Eichenberger has a long history with us. Todd was on the E-HN team that created the first green home building products display as a special section of a Home Show at the LA Convention Center on Earth Day in 1990! He has been a key volunteer, helping to run our Homes for the Future Tours from 1997 until 2005. Todd was then, and still is, a builder dissatisfied with standard building practices and codes and eager to build greener, more sustainable homes.

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Renovation Nation - Greening America One Home at a Time
Discovery Channel Plant Green Team

 

   

 

Emmy Award winning host of This Old House, Steve Thomas, interviews Isabelle Duvivier and clients James Lin and Leslie Linville on the job site of a green building in Venice, CA. Steve Thomas focuses on green building components such as the solar panel installation, the recycled wood railing installation and many more green building features.

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Random Lengths

Port’s Promenade Plan Still Falls Short, Many Say

by Paul Rosenberg
October 31-November 13, 2008

 

   

 

Those priorities were at the heart of an alternativeplan, the “Sustainable Waterfront Plan” presented by architect/planner Isabelle Duvivier. While outwardly similar to the Port’s “Alternative 4”, which keeps all cruise ships downtown, the Sustainable Plan has an integrated internal community-based logic to it. “Sustainability” is defined as “Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

“This plan is not anti-cruise industry,” Duvivier stressed. “This plan keeps all the cruise industry infrastructure compact and centered around the already beautifully developed promenade and fountain. In this way we don’t duplicate cruise industry infrastructure and support facilities.” Illustrations of pedestrian bridges that could link downtown and adjacent neighborhoods to the waterfront conveyed an accute sense of visionary possibility.

“We would like to see a plan that incorporates bicycle friendly streets, parking orchards to reduce the heat island effect, and a reduction in auto dependence by making pedestrian connections between the waterfront and POC more friendly and easy to navigate on foot,” Duvivier explained.

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Random Lengths

Community’s Waterfront Plan Gets Public Hearing

by Paul Rosenberg
October 17-30, 2008

 

   

 

Despite an extremely negative public reaction to earlier presentations of the Port’s plan, Port staff refused to include an option based on the earlier community alternative. So community activists created their updated option themselves, with added input from outside experts, most notably architect Isabelle Duvivier, who has done two major Harbor Area studies for the California Coastal Conservancy. Duvivier was also on hand as one of the presenters describing different particular aspects of the community alternative.

Duvivier praised Port staff for responding to some of the community concerns—most notably those increasing connectivity to the California Coastal Trail.

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Random Lengths

Community Coalition Offers “Sustainability” Alternative for Waterfront

by Paul Rosenberg
September 5-18, 2008

 

   

 

Speculation is that Knatz is now trying to incorporate some of the ideas from the sustainability plan. Informal discussions were brewing for the current plan when Venice-based architect Isabelle Duvivier gave things a kick in the pants. Duvivier, who has done two extensive studies related to the California Coastal Trail in the Harbor Area, was an alternate in the negotiations between the Port and the TraPac Lease appellants.

“David Freeman seemed to express genuine interest in what the stakeholders had to say, but there wasn’t a forum to discuss our concerns,” Duvivier recalled. So she suggested setting up a meeting specifically devoted to waterfront concerns.

The meeting with Freeman took place in July, and was followed by a meeting with Knatz, in which she appeared far more receptive to community ideas than she had in the past.

Duvivier is optimistic that past distrust can be overcome, but community members are more guarded in their outlook. No one expects that the new DEIR will contain a full-blown version of the sustainability plan—which actually exceeds the scope of the project as POLA currently defines it.

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Santa Monica Daily Press

Recognizing Sustainability
Local businesses awarded for going green

by Melody Hanatani
May 13, 2008

 

 

It might not have the international prestige of the Oscars or Grammys but local businesses with an environmental flair are nevertheless pleased to accept this award, on their own or someone else’s behalf.

A dozen Santa Monica companies on Monday took an emerald-colored trophy back to the office, the awards symbolizing their role in greening the Earth by incorporating environmentally-friendly practices with business operations.

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Green Map Impact

Impacts on Nature Protection

2008

 

 

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Find Bliss

Green Maps

by Kyle Roderick
April 29, 2008

 

 

Imagine a world atlas charting health food stores, recycling centers, farmers’ markets, museums, wilderness, holistic medical clinics, schools, parks, wheelchair accessible sites, etc. This global guide to green and enlightened living is just a mouse click away thanks to the non-profit global Green Map System www.greenmap.org.

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Being Green
Time Warner Cable - SoCal News

February 24, 2008

 

   

 

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The Green House
Fox 11 News

July 13, 2007

 

   

 

Host Bob Tarlau of Fox 11 News - KTTV Los Angeles interviews architect Isabelle Duvivier and clients Jane Yoo and Jason Chuan about their green home in Alta Dena.

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Smart Homeowner Magazine

A Healthy Remodel

by Judith Stock
May-June 2006

 

 

When Jane Yoo and Jason Chuan decided it was time to buy a home, they began their search in communities near the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, northeast of Los Angeles. With a clear idea about location and price range, they found a house in the community of Altadena, one other homebuyers had completely missed in the tight Los Angeles housing market.

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Smart Homeowner Magazine

Spotlighting an Eco-Architect

by Judith Stock
May-June 2006

 

 

Duvivier Architects, the green architectural firm founded by Isabelle Duvivier, is one of a growing number of firms across the country dedicated to sustainable building. Projects on which Duvivier has worked incorporate such strategies as passive solar design, water retention and recycling, and the use of non-toxic and recycled building materials. In addition, she is the author of the Santa Monica Green Map, which highlights green businesses and ecological features that contribute to the creation of a more sustainable community.

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Los Angeles Times Magazine

Green From The Ground Up
No Longer Just Hippie, Green Is Finally Chic

by David Lansing
September 25, 2005

 

 

Isabelle Duvivier, a Venice-based architect, designed a number of Santa Monica-area green homes and also conceived and designed the Santa Monica and Ballona Watershed Green Map, which features businesses and organizations in the area that provide products or services consistent with Santa Monica's Sustainable City Plan. She has major doubts about the green building movement's longetivity.

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Los Angeles Times Magazine

Green From The Ground Up
Softest Sell

by Emily Young
September 25, 2005

 

 

When it comes to designing an earth-friendly house, most people want to do the right thing. But the minute the process requires more time, more labor or more money, the impulse to do good quickly wanes. That's where Global Green USA's Green Building Resource Center comes in.

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Venice sustainable architect Isabelle Duvivier appreciates the unbiased approach. "They're able to stay current on the newest and latest," says Duvivier. "And because it's not a store per se, there's no incentive to sell you something."

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Outside Magazine

The Best Towns in the U.S.
The New American Dream Towns
Smart Idea #2

August 2005

 

 

Smart Idea #2
• Venice, California
Despite being enveloped by a teeming metropolis, this L.A. neighborhood of 34,000 is blessed with ocean views, a small-town vibe, and SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE. Among those designing in Venice are Isabelle Duvivier, whose firm won a 2004 Santa Monica Sustainability Leadership Award; eco-designer David Hertz; and modernist icon Frank Gehry. And Venice's green scene goes beyond the built environment: Duvivier is currently working with the state on an interim management plan to preserve the Ballona Wetlands, the last remaining large-scale wetlands in Los Angeles County.—M.M.

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Santa Monica Audubon Imprint

Homes for the Future

November 2001

 

 

The editor of Audubon Imprint reports on his visit to three local houses on the 2001 Eco-Home Tour, including a project in Culver City designed by Duvivier Architects. Unveiling the environmental tactics employed by each of the homes, Mr. Bragg conveys the fact that you can do a lot for the environment and for your pocketbook if you build, remodel or retrofit Green.


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Santa Monica Mirror

Area Watershed Green Map is Unveiled

Oct. 31 - Nov. 6 2001

 

 

The Santa Monica and Ballona Watershed Green Map was unveiled at a launch party on October 14.

The two-sided map was developed by Duvivier Architects in conjunction with the City of Santa Monica to make residents and visitors aware of the resources that make it a sustainable community. It focuses on “ecological and cultural resources found throughout the Ballona Watershed, such as important waterways, wildlife migration routes, wetlands, public lands, alternative transportation corridors, environmental organizations and green businesses.”

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Los Angeles Independent News

EcoHome Tour on Show

October 2001

 

   

 

Projects highlight environmental features such as habitat preservation and restoration and incorporate ecological design strategies such as passive solar energy efficiencies, water retention/recycling and use of non-toxic/recycled building materials. Our firm emphasizes the interdependent relationship between the natural and built environments. Our goal is to build shelters and communities for our growing society, while minimizing the impact of the construction on the land and local resources.

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Los Angeles Times

Hoping to Add Lots of Green to Orange County

September 1st, 2001

 

 

During the course of their research, Duvivier and the students located a new green corridor connecting three large chunks of open space between Santa Monica and Venice.

But it turned out that the corridor's lush green golf courses and cemeteries — which had seemed ideal stopping-off points for birds — attracted few of them.

"We hypothesized that it was because the groundskeepers used chemicals the birds don't like," Duvivier said. So they made note of that for the map.

"We're trying to educate people," she said. They usually don't realize that if they dump a cigarette in Hollywood, it winds up in the Santa Monica Bay.


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American Planning Association

Planning O' the Green

May 2001

 

 

Almost a decade after the first Green Map was conceived for New York City, Isabelle Duvivier brings Los Angeles into the global Green Map community. The article traces the history, funding and mission of green maps, citing the development of the Santa Monica and Ballona Watershed Green Map. Duvivier's collaboration with local teens, environmental groups, GIS specialists and the City of Santa Monica helped involve community members in the map project.


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EXHIBITS

Challenging Creations
Frank Lloyd Wright Hollyhock House
Los Angeles, CA

Architecture in Focus September 1991
Oakland Museum of Art
Oakland, CA

Art in the Raw November 1991
Overtime Gallery
Oakland, CA

Art by Architects 1989
Gallery of Functional Art
Oakland, CA