In 2008 the owners set out to create a beautifully designed net-zero energy, LEED Platinum Certified example for the Los Gatos community that focused on conserving and reusing water, was healthy and used home automation to enhance its comfort.
This energy efficient home uses a combination of technologies to reduce energy consumption. The house is comfortable, naturally lit and ventilated and generates renewable energy equal to the electricity that it consumes. The solar photovoltaic system provides the electrical power for the ventilation and space conditioning equipment while the passive solar design allows the house to require less heating and cooling energy to be used overall.
A night flush ventilation system uses the central staircase as a thermal chimney that induces convective flows through the house. Heat from shower and bath waste water is captured and the used water becomes part of the graywater and rainwater collection system which provides recycled water to flush the toilets and for landscape irrigation. Low-flow plumbing fixtures reduces the domestic water consumption by 40% while solar thermal collectors heat the pool water.