Laurel Avenue

Innovative green building techniques and materials are the keystone of this 3,500 square foot new home known as the "Taiji Residence." Passive solar collection is accomplished in the home's orientation and in the location of walls and windows, so the home gains much of its heat from the sun while photovoltaic panels produce electricity. Green materials include natural clay plaster, countertops made of recycled paper, FSC lumber, lumber reclaimed from the house that formerly occupied the site, and bamboo flooring and cabinets - creating a tranquil environment that's pleasing to the eye and the planet.



  • Winner of the Sustainable San Mateo Green Building Award, 2008
  • Winner of first place in a poll conducted by Build it Green