Santa Monica House Named One of AIA’s Top 10 Green Projects

This modern single-family home in Santa Monica was named one of the top 10 green projects by the American Institute of Architects.

The house is two stories, 2,480 square feet, four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, and earned the LEED Platinum-level certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The house was created by Living Homes in Santa Monica, with Ray Kappe Architects in Pacific Palisades.

It is called the “Z6” house because the project team used the phrase “six zeroes” to describe the goals of the project: zero waste, zero energy, zero water, zero carbon, zero emissions and zero ignorance.

The design includes a passive cooling strategy using cross-ventilation and a thermal chimney, 2.4-kilowatt photovoltaic array, and a solar hot-water collector.

To create flexible interior spaces, all bedrooms have moveable wall partitions that can be opened to common areas for more space. Large exterior doors and large expanses of glass connect the inside to the outside, allowing the living space to expand to the outdoors.

(Photo: Grant Mudford)