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Rockhill Doubleheader: This month we explore the latest handiwork by the students of Dan Rockhill's Studio 804

Studio 804 at the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Urban Planning
November 2009

By David Sokol

Sensible House
Photo courtesy Dan Rockhill / Studio 804

Click the image above to tour this month’s Best Green House.

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In addition to heading his firm Rockhill + Associates, Dan Rockhill runs Studio 804, an optional design-build studio for students completing their M.Arch degrees at the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Urban Planning. In last month’s Best Green Houses column, Rockhill discussed minimizing a building’s exposure to the northerly winds that whip through the Midwest in wintertime, applying only enough voids to permit natural ventilation. He added, “Eliminating north-facing windows altogether and having operable skylights is another thing to do.” You may also recall Rockhill’s admission that budgets on Rockhill + Associates’ single-family homes have precluded using active sustainable technologies.

Studio 804, however, recently attempted both moves. The result is 3716 Springfield, a home in the 1920s-era Rosedale neighborhood of Kansas City, Kansas…



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