California’s First Net-zero Energy Green Home

January 07, 2011 / William Thomson, Green Homes Expert

Involved in building several green homes, Earth Bound Homes, a local home-builder built an ultra green home in Cupertino, a suburban city in Santa Clara County, California. The green home, designed by Bill Leddy from LMS Architects is for David and Stephania Kaneda, and was constructed by Earth Bound Homes.

California’s First Net-zero Energy Green Home

The green home at Cupertino is receiving a score of 268—Green Point Rated, plus a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

With an area of 2,400 square-feet, the net-zero energy green home, on an annual basis, is using as much energy as it produces— plus zero carbon. The green home uses only solar hot water and electricity with no carbon-based energy.

The home builder constructed Kaneda Residence with an air source heat pump, a six-panel solar thermal system—as energy source, photovoltaic system, double-pane windows with aluminum-frame, fiberglass insulation, energy sustainable ceiling and walls, indoor air quality system, and a high efficiency lighting system.

Earth Bound Homes has also built a green home Santa Clara, which is said to be top rated Sustainable Home in California. The company is also currently building its third Net Zero Energy House, which, according to the company website, will become the highest rated LEED-Platinum certified home in the U.S.

The company’s green home for the Kanedas is said to be its first Carbon-Zero Energy LEED Platinum-certified home in California.

For water conservation and savings, the green home uses low-flow plumbing fixtures, gray water system—which collects water from the bathrooms for irrigation.

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