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Zero Net Energy Home Design
Judges Statement:
A couple on the verge of retirement turned to our company to build a modern, airy, net-zero precision-built, modern prefab home in the heart of
Sonoma County wine country. Having endured the lengthy, arduous environmentally destructive process of creating a stick-built house, they opted for our company’s
streamlined solution to construction that was also eco-conscious and modern. The floorplan and model accommodated their retiree lifestyle that would include relaxation
but also plenty of family and entertaining. 

This home features solar electric power, solar thermal heating, greywater recovery, geothermal heating and cooling system,
air to water heat pump, rain water catchment system, drought tolerant landscaping, structural insulated panels, high r-value wall assembly, radiant floor heating, water
catchment systems, and intelligent home siting using passive heating and cooling principles. Power usage is offset by solar electric and solar thermal. 

The home is
“unfolded” on site after being assembled in a factory, and required difficult maneuvering on the part of our firm’s team. The large pods were lifted high over the 50-plus-
foot trees around the property and then placed onto the waiting foundation while avoiding incoming thunderstorms. The entire process of building the couple’s home from
start to finish took less than one year.


Grand Awards
Healdsburg Breezehouse
Healdsburg, CA
Builder:
Blu Homes
Developer:
Blu Homes
Architect/Designer:
Paul Warner and Gina
Siciliano for Blu Homes
LandPlanner:
Blu Homes
Interior Design:
Jo Cooper Interior Design
Photographer: John Swain
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