FEATURES: Design Innovation, Electric Vehicle Charging, Energy Efficient, Energy Star Appliances, Indoor Air Quality, Materials Efficiency, Solar Power, Storm Water Management, Urban Farming, Water Conservation
This beautifully remodeled house is a true gem for sustainable living. The owners have gone above and beyond to ensure the home is as eco-friendly as possible. The house is powered by a 12 kW solar energy system and a battery backup, ensuring that the home is always powered even during power outages. The south-facing roof was a smart investment as it maximizes solar gain throughout the day.
The home is heated and cooled by a highly efficient heat pump, which uses less energy than traditional heating and cooling systems. The heat pump water heater is also highly efficient, saving energy and money on utility bills. All appliances in the house are Energy Star certified and low water use, ensuring that the home’s energy consumption is kept at a minimum.
The floors of the home are made of sustainable materials, free from volatile organic compounds, as is the case with the caulking, paint, and countertops. The Beetle kill countertop is a unique and stylish addition to the kitchen.
Natural light floods the house, thanks to the large south-facing windows, and the master bedroom closet has a window, providing a source of natural light. The wide window sills are perfect for plants, bringing a touch of nature indoors. Low-flow toilets are installed throughout the home, further reducing water usage.
The owners have taken sustainability even further by growing their fruits and vegetables in the garden, making lotions and tinctures out of herbs, and adding them to their laundry to keep their clothes smelling fresh. The metal roof is not only highly durable, but it’s also made from 100% recycled material, making it a sustainable choice.
A cat lair has been incorporated into the wall, providing a space for the litter box and cat tree, which opens up to a catio. The 600-gallon rainwater system is a great way to collect and reuse water, reducing water usage.
Overall, this remodeled home is an excellent example of sustainable living. While it may not be certified net-zero, the homeowners have taken many steps towards reducing their carbon footprint and creating a more eco-friendly living space.
A&R Solar, Dang Construction, CB Anderson Architects, Green Home Solutions