Tah.Mah.Lah. Net Zero Residence
Location: Northern California
Architects: Hill Glazer Architects
LEED Certification: Platinum
Energy Efficiency: 67% annual savings
Sustainability Goals: Net Zero Energy, Living Building Challenge
Anticipated to be the world’s greenest home, the Tah.Mah.Lah. residence has earned Platinum Certification and is designed to earn the most LEED points of any home ever built. This deep green residence in Northern California has been designed to be as simple, efficient and as environmentally friendly as possible. The lowest environmental impact is achieved by installing a right-sized system; considerable effort was made to create an extremely high performance building shell: this resulted in a dramatically decreased demand on the heating and cooling system. Where heating and/or cooling is needed, it is provided by radiant slabs supplied by ground source heat pumps. Domestic hot water is also provided by the heat pumps. Ventilation is provided principally by operable windows. To allow for proper air flow during cooling periods, mechanical fans exhaust air at the ceiling level. All mechanical systems are electrically operated to allow for net-zero energy use in conjunction with a photovoltaic system on the roof.
America’s greenest custom home will serve as an educational tool, informing and inspiring others on building smarter and living greener lifestyles.