The net-zero building movement is alive and well in Venice, CA, where architecture firm Brooks + Scarpa have recently wrapped construction on this stunner of single family residence. Dubbed Yin Yang House, the home takes full advantage of the sunny SoCal climate with a a 12 KW solar photovoltaic panel system (the biggest available on the market) that serves the dual purposes of generating power and providing shade to prevent the home from overheating.
Other sustainable design aspects include widespread use of bamboo on the interior, and recycled tile countertops and bathroom finishes. Meanwhile, blown-in cellulose insulation and radiant floor heating contribute to an energy-efficient climate control system. A green roof is accessible from the second floor bedrooms.
With advanced environmental strategies and an emphasis on shared family space, this is a home we could get comfortable in.
Photos: John Linden