Green Mansion Comes With An Ocean Floor View
First ever "triple-certified" green residence -- and it's HUGE.
|By Michael d'Estries in Green Building | March 6, 2009|
While the words “green” and “mansion” don’t really play nice together, this home — called the Acqua Liana — is certainly a testament to big-thinking green design.
Coming in at over 15,000 square-feet, the Liana resides on about 1.6 acres near the Atlantic Ocean. It is the first home to be built and certified to the rigorous “green” standards as defined and mandated by the U.S. Green Building Council, the Florida Green Building Council and Energy Star for Homes. Some of the green features include:
Solar panels generating enough energy to run the entire home on certain days (generating enough electricity to run 2 average sized homes). When combining the homeās solar use, energy efficient appliances and air-conditioning, insulative characteristics and overall architectural design, the homeās automated bio-feedback system will display its energy efficiency in real time.
- Environmentally conscious lighting that cuts down on fixture consumption by 70%.
- Enough pools, reflecting ponds, water gardens, misters, waterfalls, strategic landscaping, etc. to drop the site temperature by 2-3 degrees over neighboring properties, thus reducing cooling costs.
- A water system that collects enough runoff water from the entire cedar roof to fill an average swimming pool every 14 days. The water isĀ then used to fill the water garden and irrigate the landscape.
- Use of enough reclaimed and renewable wood to save over 10.5 acres of rain forest.
- During construction over 340,000 pounds of debris and trash was recycled. Over 85% of all debris was diverted, and will never reach a landfill.
Pretty incredible for a home that massive to embrace all of those green characteristics — but it’s proof that any dwelling can be made more efficient with the technologies now available. Obviously, besides the garage with views of the swimming pool embedded in the walls — I really love the see-through floor featuring painted lotus and exotic fish. Want to move in? The asking price is $29 million.