Use of Natural Light: World's First LEED Net Zero Home
This LEED home was built in a way that optimizes the use of natural day light, a concept that is very big in LEED. This was done both to save on electricity as well as for pure comfort of living. Every room in this house has enough exposure and enough available large windows so that residents do not need any additional light other than day light. There is one skylight over the kitchen since that is the one room in the house where the depth to the nearest window started to push the limit.
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 third part of a series on this home. Look for previous parts of this series, and check back soon for part 4.