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The interior boasts polished concrete flooring, Energy Star-qualified appliances, a propane stove and 7’ tall aluminum jalousie windows with clerestory glass panels for ample daylighting.


The narrow, simple 48’ x 13’ structure, generous glazing and ceiling fans allow occupants to take advantage of passive ventilation. 


 


The color palette of the home is minimal, consisting of highly reflective, low-VOC paints. The interior and exterior walls and ceilings are painted in white. Façade details are accented in a darker green but limited to non-living spaces. The house also has a cool roof membrane to further mitigate solar radiation into the interior space.


Castrodad is particularly proud of the house in terms of incorporating green into the way people live. “We have been in the home building industry for 40 years, and I have never felt more proud of a pre- designed home model,” he says. “It is not only a house, but it is also a style of living. There is enough talk about being green; it is time to stop talking and act green. I particularly like the design of the house because it integrates sustainability in every function of its structure. Architect Abruña is one of the most knowledgeable persons on the subject of sustainability, and is very committed to promoting green structures. It was an enriching experience working with Abruña, who is one of a kind. “GB


PRODUCTS
Alternative Building systems — Concretek (core-insulated concrete with steel-reinforced concrete plaster on each side)
Exterior Finishes — Benjamin Moore “Eco Spec”
Plumbing/Plumbing Fixtures — Lavadu (hybrid shower)
PV Panels — Solartek (2.5 kW)


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