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Moontree Studios at Ancilla College

This project consisted of a Lodge, a Gallery, and a Shop Building for the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ along with the Moontree Community at Ancilla College. Each of the separate buildings obtained a Gold Level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification.

The lighting system consisted of a lighting control system with occupancy sensors and daylight harvesting to take advantage of all the natural light from the many windows. A wind turbine was installed to harvest the wind from the open field behind the property. The turbine is connected to two of the buildings and has the ability to sell back energy to the local utility if the energy is not consumed.

To improve user comfort an in floor radiant heating system was installed along with passive cooling with the use of motorized windows. The sun's energy is harvested with a solar hot water system for domestic hot water. Rain water is collected for irrigation and excess water is used in the rain gardens on the property.