The Margarido House is on its way to being the first home the nation that's both LEED-H certified and GreenPoint rated. It's also aiming to be the first custom home in Northern California to be LEED-H Platinum certified. The ~4600 sf home is still waiting on Platinum certification, but it's important to note that because of it's large size, the homeowners had to pursue drastic green measure to get into Platinum territory. And they did quite well, actually, building a home that's 55% more efficient than California's Title 24 energy standards. Check out this list of green features:
- LED lighting
- Energy Star cool roof
- 600 sf living roof and deck
- In floor hydronic heating
- Solar electric power
- Solar thermal hot water
- Smart house automation
- Energy efficient appliances
- On-site water reclamation tanks
- Permeable paving
- Recycled concrete and glass counters
- Locally sourced and sustainable products
- Interior air quality management system
- Low water/drought tolerant landscaping
- Zero VOC paints
As is possible in Northern California, the Margarido House has operable windows that cross ventilate the interior and obviate the need for air conditioning. Being built into the hillside helps, too, in heating and cooling the indoor temperature.
How about the incredible interior design work? I'm really liking the large rectangular tiles that show up throughout the home, accentuating the dining room and various bathrooms. I also like how the passive design brings in lots of light but the windows are placed to avoid direct sun — it's probably quite the relaxing place to live in.
[+] Green in the Hills [SFGate.com]
Image credits: Mike McDonald (Top); Margarido House (rest).