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Atherton Victorian: LEED for Homes Gut Rehab

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Classic Style Atherton Residence

This LEED for Homes project (seeking Gold) employs an innovative energy strategy involving a 5 kW photovoltaic system and a 5kW fuel cell generates electricity and heat right at the home. Efficient features like Energy Star appliances, an advanced lighting strategy, foam insulation and radiant floor heating further reduce overall energy needs from the grid.

Inside, reduced flow toilets, faucets and showerheads curb excess water use. Outside, highly efficient irrigation, draught tolerant plants and reduced traditional turf also contribute to conserving water on the property.

Many features keep the indoor environment pleasant and healthy. Low VOC surface finishes and increased outdoor air ventilation maintain fresh air, while built-in shoe storage at entry limits contaminants from the outdoors.

Care was taken to use wood responsibly. FSC Certified wood from sustainably managed forests was used to frame the home, and for floors, cabinets and window frames.



FSC certified window frames, by Serramenti Group, LLC

Dunn Edwards Superma Interior Flat Low VOC paint

Dornbracht Tara Series fixtures 28-508-979

Kohler Pinstripe Pure showerhead K-T13134-4A-CP

Downbracht Lulu showerhead 28.508.710

Dornbracht lavatory faucet 33-500-710

Toto Lloyd one-piece toilet MS934214SF

Kohler Puersuade Dual-Flush toilet K-3654



Architects: Peter Zepponi Architects

Green/LEED: Design AVEnues & Bright Green Strategies

General Contractor: Canyon Construction

Landscape Architect: Suzman Cole Design Associates

Energy Specialist: Monterey Energy Group

Civil Engineers: Lea & Braze engineering, Inc.

Waterproofing specialists: Allana Buick & Bers

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About the author

green building consultant; owner/founder, Design AVEnues LLC

Ann V. Edminster, M. Arch., LEED AP, is a leading green building consultant, speaker, teacher, and author. Her recent work and award-winning book, Energy Free: Homes for a Small Planet, focus on net-zero energy homes. Ann has taught for groups including AIA, USGBC, Pacific Gas & Electric, and Southern California Edison. Ann’s consulting clients include major builders, software companies, design firms, developers, public agencies, utilities, investors, and homeowners. She has held key roles on numerous award-winning residential projects of all types.

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