Architectural Record always seems to find some of the best modern + green residences in the country: this month’s spotlight is on Dan + Katherine Heinfeld’s home designed by architectural firm LPA, Inc., in Newport Beach, California. LPA has a strong commitment to incorporating green concepts in their designs; they’re one of the earliest firms to get involved with the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program. Mr. Heinfeld is the president of LPA, so designing his own home included the added tension of getting it right, to prove to clients that green design can be modern + luxurious.
The house really does include a slew of sustainable features…it’s built with a Glu-lam and composite beam structure that comprises two stories, four bedrooms, and four bathrooms. Three sides of the house wrap around a courtyard/pool-area. The pocket glass and screen doors open up to the solar-heated pool area (Suntrek). The entire house was designed for efficient natural lighting, including a mostly windowless eastern orientation, an extended roof overhang on the southwestern side, an insulated, translucent skylight in the main room (Kalwall Skylight), and mechanical sunshades in every room (Lutron).
The house is powered almost completely by the 5.3 KW building integrated photovoltaics (Solar Integrated Technologies). Also, the carpet tiles (Interface FLOR) and floor (Terrazzo) are both made with recycled content. Of course, the paint is non-VOC, Eco-shield paint (Dunn Edwards). LPA even provided the Xeriscaped landscaping. Really, the Heinfelds didn’t hold anything back when putting this green + modern masterpiece together.