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Zero Energy House modern-exterior

Zero Energy House

This project aims to be the first residence in San Francisco that is completely self-powering and carbon neutral. The architecture has been developed in conjunction with the mechanical systems and landscape design, each influencing the other to arrive at an integrated solution. Working from the historic façade, the design preserves the traditional formal parlors transitioning to an open plan at the central stairwell which defines the distinction between eras. The new floor plates act as passive solar collectors and radiant tubing redistributes collected warmth to the original, North facing portions of the house. Careful consideration has been given to the envelope design in order to reduce the overall space conditioning needs, retrofitting the old and maximizing insulation in the new.

Photographer Ken Gutmaker

What Houzz contributors are saying:

Back: In a traditional Victorian style, the front of the home is made up of several small rooms, which originally served as parlors. Levy shifted the focus of the house to the back, where the home faces a sunny garden. The front rooms were then reshaped as media, study and entry spaces. Levy and Anderson envisioned the backyard as an extension of the home's living space, particularly appropriate for San Francisco's climate. A water reclamation system and onsite rainwater disposal system were designed, along with organic vegetable plots. The yard, which has an Ipe deck and decomposed granite patio, remains open to neighboring backyards for a more open and communal space.Siding: HardiePlank Lap Siding; rain screen: Swisspearl cement composite panels; solar panels: Sunpower

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John Rotheray added this to john_rotheray's ideas
last Saturday
ARYZE Development and Construction, Victoria BC added this to CAD Exterior
February 26, 2015
vert panels
amirkia added this to Dormers
February 2, 2015
The front of this house is a traditional San Franciscan Victorian
Elizabeth Burns added this to *Junk
January 20, 2015
decomposed granite
tedda1234 added this to doors with roof area
January 7, 2015
dont like doors
jeanlroque added this to Outdoor Spaces
January 1, 2015
Lesley van de Ven added this to Front door/exterior
December 19, 2014
siding/window coordination
preg added this to preg's Ideas
September 30, 2014
planter deck
aliud added this to kitchen
September 13, 2014
Erica Hatemeorluvme added this to erica_hatemeorluvme's ideas
September 4, 2014
katero added this to 2013 OUR PATIO
August 30, 2014
cool planters for front
enloe20 added this to enloe20's ideas
August 29, 2014
ac border
Hemant Kumar added this to Exterior Ideas
August 8, 2014
felimo added this to felimo's Ideas
August 4, 2014
Exterior elevation levy arcitecture
parkervanzyl added this to trex decking etc
July 22, 2014
deck design
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June 12, 2014
ivystarla added this to Deck
June 9, 2014
jackeeb added this to jackeeb's ideas
May 25, 2014
beautiful use of multiple media
cwmy77 added this to Exterior
May 13, 2014
zero energy remodel in SF
designeralyssa added this to Idea Board for Architect
April 21, 2014
vertical rectangles on stucco facade. balcony off of top floor. back looks modern without having to have the super expensive glass doors the full length of the downstairs wall. Also like the horizontal glass window running above the glass sliding doors
Bagicha added this to KanakaAnand
April 20, 2014
deck ideas - details
teep added this to Exteriors
April 19, 2014
Gray siding
jesjonesy added this to exterior
April 19, 2014
siding types
designeralyssa added this to Exterior Ideas
April 9, 2014
Like vertical rectangles on left exterior
wynne9 added this to Patio Ideas
April 2, 2014
decomposed granite, flag stone and wood
kenflo added this to kenflo's Ideas
March 28, 2014
siding + zero energy house
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March 24, 2014
Traditional front, modern rear
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March 8, 2014
Ipe to fine stone
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March 1, 2014
solar panels
bla2001 added this to bla2001's Ideas
February 17, 2014
Mix of materials.
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February 13, 2014
HrH architecture added this to Contemporary homes with Swisspearl siding
February 5, 2014
mixing siding-solar panel on roof
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January 29, 2014
City home
chrisaiello added this to Exterior
January 4, 2014
north end exterior
kseuell added this to kseuell's ideas
December 25, 2013
siding and exterior finishes
Becky Tan added this to becky_tan's Ideas
December 15, 2013
House front
Ocelli Design added this to 2219-2221 California St. San Francisco
December 8, 2013
interesting if modern back is an option
joeydance added this to meeting with Cheryl
November 29, 2013
hardie mix
Hassan Abdulla added this to hassan_abdulla's ideas
October 30, 2013
خليج توبلي
ssangar added this to ssangar's Ideas
October 28, 2013
Lap siding + large panels
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October 21, 2013
kristaschauer added this to Maxwell
October 12, 2013
I like this combination of color.
benje added this to considerations
October 2, 2013
thin plank detail combo
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October 1, 2013
hardi plank lap siding / hardi panel
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September 19, 2013
wood and dg
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September 5, 2013
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August 8, 2013
glass doors and patio
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June 30, 2013
carrollwylie added this to Exterior Ideas
June 29, 2013
swisspearl composite panels with hardiplanl lap
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June 28, 2013
The wood on the steps is an alternative to Trex composite decking called TimberTech. All the other steps are concrete poured in place.
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June 20, 2013
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June 5, 2013
Color combos
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June 1, 2013
Light and Dark grey both hardi panel products
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May 31, 2013
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May 7, 2013
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May 5, 2013
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April 15, 2013
Light gray ?
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April 12, 2013
Cement board?
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April 1, 2013
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March 24, 2013
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March 18, 2013
SF Levy Art & Architecture firm
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March 9, 2013
shantireda added this to Exterior renos
February 20, 2013
Like the cedar entry way / wall
Melton Design Build added this to Inviting Exteriors
February 19, 2013
Different planes and materials add interest
Kacey Elmore added this to Exterior
February 9, 2013
Super Mod. Material?
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February 2, 2013
Main door
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January 26, 2013
Sunshine Building Systems, LLC added this to txfishshadow's ideas
January 16, 2013
simplicity and functional
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January 11, 2013
Suzane Reatig Architecture added this to Exterior Materials
January 9, 2013
large panels with scaled down typ res siding
babani added this to babani's ideas
December 9, 2012
exterior massing siding decks
hchideout added this to hchideout's Ideas
November 27, 2012
smooth plank? will be too much on the front of the house...
mfanardy added this to mfanardy's Ideas
November 27, 2012
5zero added this to 5zero's ideas
November 14, 2012
change from victorian to modern
ghspencer added this to ghspencer's Ideas
November 12, 2012
Cool exterior
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November 8, 2012
house with light to dark exterior
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October 29, 2012
Stephanie Slater added this to stephanie_slater's Ideas
October 28, 2012
Zero energy Victorian renovated in San Fran
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October 22, 2012
Colour combination
diana1965 added this to Exterior
October 13, 2012
Use of wood
Cory Honsinger added this to cory_honsinger's ideas
September 28, 2012
like the pannels
Laszlo Lajko added this to laszlo_lajko's ideas
September 26, 2012
ipe trim
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September 21, 2012
ptmlee added this to Sunny
August 31, 2012
hardi plank
marita marita added this to facade
August 25, 2012
need to add a small planter next to the front door
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August 18, 2012
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August 5, 2012
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August 1, 2012
exterior of modern home in San Francisco
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July 16, 2012
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July 15, 2012
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July 6, 2012
Mixed material
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June 27, 2012
Combo panel and plank
Sarah Snavely added this to Exterior.
May 27, 2012
Planter boxes
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May 23, 2012
front windows, both floors same
Eleanor Stray added this to eleanor_stray's ideas
May 8, 2012
mix of fiber-cement lap & panel siding on a rain-screen
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April 18, 2012
decomposed granite patio
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April 13, 2012
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April 13, 2012
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April 12, 2012
Sliding doors
scoutygoodhome added this to scoutygoodhome's ideas
April 12, 2012
Great looking rear of the house!
manjeets added this to manjeets's ideas
April 12, 2012
Colleen Carter added this to exterior
April 11, 2012
hardie lap siding & cement composite panels used together
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April 11, 2012
slant / wood
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April 11, 2012
panels plus horizontal siding
Julie Ledbetter added this to Outdoor kitchen
April 11, 2012
balcony style
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April 11, 2012
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April 6, 2012
Materiales y volumenes
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March 26, 2012
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March 11, 2012
Para parte trasera de Rull
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March 8, 2012
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March 8, 2012
deck and planters
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March 6, 2012
totally efficient
Oubon Phommavong added this to Backyard
March 5, 2012
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March 5, 2012
modern look on the back
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