Coweta County architect wins EarthCraft awards


Newnan architect Lorraine Cunanan of Locus Design + Consulting recently received two awards from Southface and the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association.

Newnan architect Lorraine Cunanan of Locus Design + Consulting received two awards from Southface and the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association at the EarthCraft Celebration of Excellence held at Emory Point in Atlanta.

EarthCraft, the Southeast's premier green building program, promotes energy efficient, healthy, comfortable and durable new construction and renovation.

Locus Design was honored for leadership and excellence in green building design and construction for the Bosch Experience Center at Serenbe, in Chattahoochee Hills, which earned the 2013 Project of the Year Award for the Light Commercial category, and Strippaggio Artisanal Oil and Vinegar Tasting Bar at Emory Point, which earned the 2013 Project Team of the Year for the Light Commercial category.

Locus is an architectural design and sustainability consulting firm based in Newnan. Founded by architect Lorraine Kodumal Cunanan, Locus has more than fifteen years of experience in residential and commercial design and specializes in high performance 'green' buildings.

The Bosch Experience Center, located at the Serenbe Community in the Chattahoochee Hills area of South Fulton County, integrates salvaged construction materials with a high performance building envelope and high efficiency systems. The facility serves as a showcase for Bosch appliances, geothermal heating and cooling systems, and solar photovoltaics. The project earned Earthcraft Light Commercial Gold certification.

Strippaggio is an olive oil and vinegar tasting bar located in the Emory Point mixed-use community in Atlanta. The shop features repurposed building materials as well as energy efficient fixtures, and also earned Earthcraft Light Commercial Gold certification.

The awards were presented by David Ellis, executive vice president of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association; and Dennis Creech, executive director of Southface, in the company of over 100 industry leaders at Emory Point.

'We are seeing positive signs that the next generation of homes and light commercial buildings in our communit ies are increasingly green,' said Southface's Dennis Creech. 'Thanks to Locus Design + Consulting for making it happen.'

'EarthCraft professionals are realizing greater success than their peers because they are delivering a high value product to the market,' said David Ellis of the Greater Atlanta HBA.

'We celebrate Locus for its vision and leadership.'

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