Steve Blanchard, a real estate developer has spent a year working hard on building the ultimate green home in Orange County. All his hard work has won him his prize – the LEED Platinum certification. Hailed as the ‘Costa Mesa Green Home’, the dwelling is the first custom residence to receive the nation’s highest rating under the LEED green-building program. Located at 1811 Gisler Avenue in Costa Mesa, California, it covers a area of 5,000 square feet and has a long list of green features to flaunt.
The Costa Mesa Green Home incorporates green aspects like optimized orientation and design to take advantage of the elements and use of durable, sustainable, and non-toxic materials. It also includes ventilation design to maximize indoor air quality and efficiently cool the home; use of high efficiency HVAC equipment and Energy Star lighting; construction with highly insulated walls and windows and installation of a no-water, native landscape. Other green credential are use of shower gray water recycling for toilet and irrigation reuse; and photovoltaic panels sufficient to power the home’s entire electrical load.