This 1,500-square-foot single-family home exemplifies sustainability, especially around energy and water. The owners purchased the house as a code minimum flip in 2015 and have been continuously making sustainable improvements ever since. The lush, green lawn installed in the peak of the drought was ripped out and replaced with an award-winning, drought-tolerant landscape that provides habitat to pollinators. The owners are working towards a Net Zero, all-electric goal, with just a couple of appliances remaining. An electric heat pump water heater provides domestic hot water. Cool exhausted air is diverted to either the occupied area or attic, based on cooling needs. This supplements a whole house fan and heat pump. The 3.4 kW solar array had provided excess power on an annual basis, until the owners purchased EVs. They hope to have additional solar (and potentially storage) added before the Green Homes Tour to achieve Net Zero, including vehicles.
Photo Credit: Tom Abram