Avoiding Water Damage: World's First LEED Net-Zero Home
The key to any house that you want to last a few hundred years and be comfortable and not have to put on new siding every 10 or 20 years is to keep it dry. Paul, the owner and builder of this home, talks to us about the methods used to avoid water damage and ensure that this LEED home stays dry. Since this home is located down slope about 20 feet from the high point, the owners did a few things to avoid water damage. A double terrace was created with a french drain at the bottom to catches the water, leads it around the house and redistributes it to the lower yard. There is also a dry creek on the property, which is the first gathering area for any moisture heading towards the house. As a final defense again moisture entering the house, the home's crawl space was sealed and Visqueen was put down.
Background: We took a trip to Sebastopol, California to tour the first LEED home in the world! The home was built from the ground up by Paul Rosen, Founder of North Bay Energy as well as a builder and sustainability consultant. Amazingly, the house is so energy efficient that the total annual utility cost is less that $10! Skeptical? Well we were too, so Paul invited us to tour the home while he explained all the different design features.
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This video is the seventh part of a series on this home. Look for previous parts of this series, and check back over the next few days for part 8.