Jolly Avenue Development Center
Jolly Avenue Development Center


The Jolly Avenue Development Center (JADC) is an innovative neighborhood development center being created by the nonprofit, Friends of Refugees (FOR), based in Clarkston, Georgia, a small town located near Atlanta.  The Vision of FOR is to see refugees experiencing “Abundant Life in Flourishing Communities” which we accomplish through our mission “to empower refugees through opportunities that provide for their well-being, education and employment.” After over a decade of strong growth for Friends of Refugees and a desire to better serve the community, the idea for the JADC arose as a way to more sustainably provide space for critical opportunities and success.  The JADC is located just outside the City of Clarkston in unincorporated DeKalb County, at the site of Friends of Refugees’ (FOR) existing Jolly Avenue Community Gardens, which will be dramatically enhanced by the new site. Fundraising for the project is complete, and construction is expected to commence in December 2019.

The JADC will benefit the entire neighborhood, but with more than 100 ethnicities within a few minutes’ walk of the site, it predominantly serves refugees resettled in the USA from areas of the world where they have endured abject poverty, religious or political persecution, violence and war.  We believe that intelligence, ability and ambition are evenly distributed throughout humanity, but the opportunity to deploy those things for success is not. With the JADC we’re going to change that.

Through multiple years of community research, the JADC’s uses have been carefully designed not to replicate existing resources in the neighborhood of South Jolly Avenue.  The JADC focuses primarily on functions that emphasize economic uplift, opportunity, innovation and well-being; it does not endeavor to host major events, weddings, arts or recreation, among other things.  Rather, it will form an integral part of the community development network that is already present and at work in the community.

The objective of the JADC is first and foremost to support FOR in its charitable mission.  The JADC will be a place that is inviting and welcoming to the immediate area’s residents.  With abundant outdoor spaces, family community gardens, shaded porches, an accessible streetscape of edible landscaping and public benches, the JADC will create space in which the residents of this diverse neighborhood can safely share life together.

Because of its uniqueness in environmental design and construction, the Center will serve as a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fieldtrip site for the neighborhood’s schools, and as a technology research site for partnering universities and organizations.  This showcasing of the Center will foster interest in the sciences, appropriate technology, environmental design, construction and ecology, giving the community’s children and adults alike opportunities to build their futures in these vocations.  The Center will be a place where both students and teachers can enjoy year-round field trips that enrich such learning and bring them into creative contact with other communities that can fuel their interest, including companies that make possible vibrant careers right here in Georgia.

Beyond the local impact, the JADC project will create a readily scalable and marketable building process, and an industry team, that can deliver ECLC buildings at less than or parity with code-built construction costs, unlocking the mass adoption of operationally efficient green buildings in the commercial environment throughout the Southeast. We desire to shift the conversation from whether organizations, institutions and businesses “can afford” to build a green building, to a realization that, by every measure, they cannot justify anything else.

EARTH CRAFTThe Center features groundbreaking innovation in affordable environmental design and construction. It will set the stage for demonstrating to the nation that ultra-low operating cost, sustainable buildings are possible at code-built cost levels. It is our hope that the building will be an Earthcraft Light Commercial green building, with annual operating costs up to 85% lower than a standard building, without added cost over standard construction. It will be the most operationally affordable building of its kind in the United States. We are accomplishing this through partnerships with key local businesses, including several that hire our community members through our employment program Café Clarkston. In short, the JADC will allow FOR to focus donors’ resources on community impacts, not capital upkeep and provide a Center that operates in perpetuity through the neighborhood’s economy rather than ongoing outside funds.  Designed through the community’s input and fueled by its own economy, the JADC is an investment that also will serve as a national model for innovative environmental design, construction and mixed-use development opportunities.

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The objective of the JADC is first and foremost to support FOR in its charitable mission.  The JADC will be a place that is inviting and welcoming to the immediate area’s residents.  With abundant outdoor spaces, family community gardens, shaded porches, an accessible streetscape of edible landscaping and public benches, the JADC will create space in which the residents of this diverse neighborhood can safely share life together.

Because of its uniqueness in environmental design and construction, the Center will serve as a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fieldtrip site for the neighborhood’s schools, and as a technology research site for partnering universities and organizations.  This showcasing of the Center will foster interest in the sciences, appropriate technology, environmental design, construction and ecology, giving the community’s children and adults alike opportunities to build their futures in these vocations.  The Center will be a place where both students and teachers can enjoy year-round field trips that enrich such learning and bring them into creative contact with other communities that can fuel their interest, including companies that make possible vibrant careers right here in Georgia.

Beyond the local impact, the JADC project will create a readily scalable and marketable building process, and an industry team, that can deliver ECLC buildings at less than or parity with code-built construction costs, unlocking the mass adoption of operationally efficient green buildings in the commercial environment throughout the Southeast. We desire to shift the conversation from whether organizations, institutions and businesses “can afford” to build a green building, to a realization that, by every measure, they cannot justify anything else.

What is “Passive House”?

Passive House

In addition to Earthcraft, the JADC will be the first commercial building in Georgia guided by the Passive House standard (PHIUS+ 2018). This construction method is revolutionary in its affordable approach and low operating cost, but it is as much an approach of the past as the future. In fact, before the advent of air conditioning and central heating, most houses were “passive” houses— in that they relied on natural processes to heat and cool their interiors, as well as using fans, cross ventilation and elevated living space.

sitePlanThe “house” part of “passive house” is a misnomer in English from the German name. In fact, all kinds of buildings – single-family, multifamily, schools, high-rises, and others can be designed and built to passive house standards.

The “passive” in “passive house” refers to achieving extreme energy savings before applying “active” technologies. Energy losses are minimized and gains are maximized. Superinsulation and air-tight construction minimize losses. The energy recovery ventilator helps keep energy that has already been generated, inside the building instead of venting it out. By modeling the thermal storage capacity of building materials and their “passive” effects on the indoor temperature, the architect/designer can plan for thermal storage mass in a structure by specifying the floors, finished concrete slabs, etc. to balance the loads year-round and minimize active heating, cooling and dehumidification loads.

Of course, photovoltaics, solar, point, and heat pump hot water, grey water heat recovery, ground coupled cooling and other technologies can still be implemented. In fact, Passive House has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Challenge Home program as the best path toward Net Zero or Net Positive construction. Within the past 5 years, the cost premium for building this way has fallen to 8% for homes and parity or even up-front savings on commercial buildings, where added envelope expenses are recovered in major mechanical system size reductions.

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Structural

Jolly Avenue Development Center

Super-insulated building envelope with R-37 walls, R-60 high SRI cool roof, thermal bridge-free detailing, air-tight envelope with open diffusion and rain screens, advanced windows and doors, active and passive control of year-round solar heat gains.

Site Planning

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Full on-site storm water infiltration, pervious parking lot, rainwater irrigated landscape architecture, edible perennial plants and abundant outdoor gathering spaces.

Energy Modeling

Jolly Avenue Development Center

Climate-based siting, Solar path finding, and continuous computed energy modeling and air tightness testing throughout build process.

Finish and Fixture

Jolly Avenue Development Center

90% day-lit spaces, light shelves, interior glazing, low maintenance finishes, ULF plumbing fixtures, H.E. hot water, unprecedented incorporation building material reuse with Lifecycle Building Center

Jolly Avenue Development Center

Electrical

Jolly Avenue Development Center

U.H.E. appliances, 100 Kw Solar PV array with DC-direct tie to 100 KwH of battery storage, U.H.E. lights, centralized management of network, communications, BIM, security and lighting.

Usage/Behavior

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Room level sub-metering and plug load monitoring, open source Building Automation Systems and sensors, simplified recycling and composting.

Mechanical

Jolly Avenue Development Center

Active air quality monitoring with MERV 12 filtration, DOAS with energy recovery and dehumidification, ultra-high SEER split systems in micro-zones, low energy ceiling fans, high ceilings and cross-ventilation.

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Jolly Avenue Development Center
Jolly Avenue Development Center
Jolly Avenue Development Center
Jolly Avenue Development Center
Jolly Avenue Development Center
Jolly Avenue Development Center