Nestled beneath the canopy of the live oaks, the scale of the home makes
it a natural partner with its neighbors, and the porches allow the
residents to engage with activity on the street.
to preserve and to protect the live oaks, to promote cross ventilation
and to maximize natural daylighting, the home is also designed to avoid
solar thermal gain during the summer and capture passive solar heating
during the winter. The carbon footprint is further reduced with the use
of a photovoltaic array. The design relies on a variety of
low-embodied-energy or recycled building materials such as locally
harvested cedar siding, cork flooring and fly-ash concrete. Rainwater is
collected from the roofs and stored in a below ground tank; during most
of the year, captured rain water will supplant domestic water for all
landscape irrigation needs.
These considerations have produced a residence that has received LEED Platinum Certification.