We're often skeptical of big "green" houses. At what point does the size negate the solar panels, etc? But, we feel differently about remodels (as opposed to new construction). This remodel in Tiburon, Ca is a good example of why ...
Frank and Monika Levinson bought their home three years ago with a vision of taking the nondescript, 1950s mansion and turning it into a more beautiful, more green, version of itself. Now, after a ton of hard work, the home will be receiving the "Remodel the Future" award at this year's West Coast Green conference in October.
According to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle, the home now has two 15,000 gallon cisterns that collect enough rainwater in the winter to water the garden all summer. It also has a 12-watt solar system and a solar hot water system. All the wood used in the remodel was FSC-certified and all the finished are low-VOC. It sounds like everything was done right.
Get more details and photos of the home here.