You Make the Call: Is This a Green Home?

Whether or not it's really green, it certainly is beautiful. WIRED magazine has teamed up with LivingHomes, a company that builds green, prefabricated homes, to create WIRED Home, a house in LA that showcases green, sustainable technology.


The home was manufactured in the factory, reducing cost and construction waste. When the home was brought to the site, the installation took only two and a half days. The home is fully automated, with the latest in gadgets, gear and appliances, yet still keeps kilowatt usage low.

To find out more about this home, as well as to see some gorgeous photos, just read more

This is no drop-in-the-bucket cheap and green home, though. In fact, this modernist palace costs $4 million and is housed in an exclusive enclave of Los Angeles. And while I believe that small is beautiful (and green), the house measures in at 4,057 square feet—almost 2000 square feet bigger than the average US home! However, it is designed to attain at least a Gold rating from the USGBC LEED for Homes Program, which is nothing to sniff at. The home’s anticipated energy use is 36% more efficient than a conventional residence of a similar size (but again, if the house were smaller, it would be even greener). The home will also feature a forced hot air radiant heating and cooling system; recycled glass bathroom countertops; Heath ceramic tile; low-maintenance high-design ecological kitchen cabinetry; an environmentally friendly washer/dryer system that uses less water and energy; windows and doors constructed with recycled glass and aluminum; reclaimed redwood milled from old military barracks; FSC-certified exterior siding; tankless water heaters; and LED lights that consume less energy than conventional light bulbs.

What do you think? Is this really a green home, or is it just an example of trying to put a coat of green paint on something that's too big, too expensive, and too unsustainable?

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