A Malibu mansion built with sustainable wood and recycled concrete is for sale for a staggering $32 million and aims to become California’s first “carbon-free” home by offsetting construction emissions with 100 percent renewable energy.
Developed by Crown Pointe Estates, the 14,000-square-foot home features six bedrooms, a home theater and wine cellar – all made from recycled and sustainable materials.
Devices were chosen specifically to lower the home’s carbon emissions, and developers purposely used materials that would offset carbon emissions during construction.
Developers must submit 12 months’ worth of energy bills to the International Living Future Institute in Seattle, Washington, to receive California’s first official “zero-carbon” certification. It’s unclear if and when that lofty goal will actually be achievable, experts say.
The 14,000-square-foot home is located in an exclusive 80-acre development in Malibu, California
Developers at Crowne Pointe Estates have consciously chosen materials to offset CO2 emissions
The modern ranch style home sits on 2.48 acres in the upscale community of MariSol Malibu, which is home to just nine completed homes on 80 acres.
It features six bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a home cinema, wine cellar, electric car charging station, putting green, boules court and saltwater pool.
Instead of 80,000 pounds of steel, developers turned to sustainable wood. Instead of concrete, they used a crawlspace foundation. And instead of a concrete subfloor under the wood and stone floors, they used a rubber subfloor made from recycled tires.
About 25 percent of the concrete used was recycled and the crawlspace foundation reduced the total use of concrete by 14 percent.
Developers changed the design and used sustainable wood instead of 80,000 pounds of steel to reduce carbon footprint
Crown Pointe cut its concrete by 14 percent with a crawlspace foundation. About 25 percent of all concrete was recycled
More developers want to offset CO2 emissions produced during the construction of their homes
Production, transportation and disposal of construction materials are all taken into account when considering emissions
If Crown Point gets its carbon-free certification it would be ‘a very impressive achievement’, said one expert
More and more developers want to reduce the greenhouse gases emitted during the production, transportation and disposal of building materials, Cliff Majersik, advisor to the Institute for Market Transformation told the Wall Street Journal.
If Crown Pointe manages to offset the carbon emitted during construction, that would be a “very impressive feat,” Majersik said.
Carbon-free homes are five to 15 percent more expensive than regular homes, according to Rise, a website focused on sustainable housing.
The house sits on a 2.48 acre lot and features six bedrooms and nine bathrooms along with a saltwater pool
A rubber underlay under the stone and wooden floor is made from recycled car tires
Among the amenities of the house: a theater, a wine cellar and a water vapor fireplace that creates the “illusion” of flames
Carbon-free homes are generally well insulated and rely on electricity rather than gas. Malibu home is connected to Ventura County’s renewable power grid
These houses are generally built to be well insulated, with windows’ deliberately placed on the north and south sides of the house to enhance the house’s ability to absorb the sun’s heat in the winter and in the summer. to minimize’ to maximize.
Ideally, the energy consumption is purely electrical with no gas pipes connected.
The Malibu home’s electricity comes from Ventura County’s renewable grid, backed up by the home’s own solar panels and Tesla’s battery walls.
Developers submit 12-month invoices to a third party to get ‘zero-carbon’ certification
Residential and commercial buildings account for 40 percent of the country’s total energy consumption
The house has solar panels and Tesla battery walls to support the use of Ventura County’s renewable energy network
Selecting environmentally friendly appliances such as an induction hob was the easy part, according to developer Scott Morris
The property sits on an exclusive 80 acre community with 17 other lots and only nine other completed homes
The eco-friendly appliances were the easy part, said Crown Pointe’s Scott Morris.
The property includes an induction hob, electric barbecue and a water vapor fireplace that uses water and compressed air to create the illusion of flames.
“You can put your hand through it,” Morris said.
In 2020, the U.S. Energy Information Administration estimated that residential and commercial buildings accounted for 22 and 18 percent of total U.S. energy use, respectively, for a total of 40 percent.