This luxury green home, 2002 Alpine, is the kind of place that may make you feel uncomfortable with preconceived notions of luxury, home size, and sustainability. The $3.5 million home was precision built in a WeberHaus factory in Germany and is expected to use only 18% of the total energy consumed by the average American home. The interior is also entirely hypoallergenic and non-toxic.
This startup company, RavenBrick, was profiled by the New York Times for its simple and smart window technology. It's a window like nothing else on the market. Using patented and patent pending technology, RavenWindow has a reflective film that's keyed to the outside temperature. When warm, the film reflects light to reduce solar heat gain. Conversely, when cool, the film becomes transparent to allow a comfortable amount of heat gain.
It seems green homes continue to sell well in these economic times. Last month, two model homes at Mosaic Walk opened to visitors and, with purchase incentives and pricing from the low $300,000, phase one sold out completely. Located in Garden Grove in northern Orange Country, Mosaic Walk has been designed and built for LEED certification.