Located in the Oakland Hills where 3,000 homes burned in the 1991 Oakland fire storm, the Margarido House earned a LEED Platinum rating. Owner and builder Mike McDonald takes us through the 5-bedroom, 5-bath house.
"Homeowners are starting to demand healthy homes to live in and they are willing to pay little bit more now in order to save on energy costs down the road."
"Hundreds of people have toured the home. Hopefully the experience of the home is an inspiration for other builders about what is possible."
"We thought solar panels would supply 50 percent of power to the house but we are at 125 percent now because of how well insulated the house is and how we operate inside it. We are very cognizant of energy usage."
"We used things like recycled concrete and recycled glass counter tops. We worked with dozens of local artisans and suppliers. Not only is that a way to build community, but it cuts down on diesel fuel and transportation.
"Because of the size of the house we didn’t have any expectations of being LEED Platinum or Gold. In a 100-point game, we started out 15 points in the hole because of the size of the house. So we were thrilled to be LEED certified."
"A rain water collection system captures all water and re-uses it for irrigation for all landscaping on the property."
"The house was designed with custom-finished and locally-made aluminum low-E windows, positioned to let as much natural light into the home as possible."
"The roof is an amazing place to hang out. It’s an intensive green roof, which means you can play soccer on it or walk on it, whereas an extensive green roof is primarily just for looking at."