Solar System Makes Bridge House Truly Net Zero
Blending with nature, the 200-ft.-wide Bridge House straddles a running brook in Los Angeles' Hancock Park and will produce as much energy as it consumes.
Architect Dan Brunn designed this home, his personal residence to be a showcase for green building possibilities in advance of the California Residential Zero Net Energy Target of 2020, resulting in the amount of energy provided by the rooftop solar system to be equal to the amount of energy consumed by the building on an annual basis.
In 2017, more than one-third of homebuilders said green building was a significant share of their overall activity. By 2022, this number is expected to increase to one-half, proving that trends of green construction and building are here to stay.
To meet the net-zero goal, the home will use a SunPower 10-kilowatt (KW) solar power system.
"Beautiful, clean energy systems are the way of the future in custom homes," said Brunn. "SunPower's Equinox home solar system on Bridge House effortlessly complements the creation of a waste-free, net-zero energy home. The unique and holistic solar solution naturally fits the home's design integrity, while powering my day-to-day activities with the sun."
When complete in 2018, the 4,500-square-foot home will serve as a demonstration of innovative and clean building processes. The green home will educate builders and the public about futuristic, custom home building practices.
SunPower joins several other partners including Dwell magazine and companies such as BONE Structure and Bosch, to empower Bridge House to act as a social and educational venue. The solar project will be completed by early next year and includes the game-changing SunPower Equinox system.
Key components of the SunPower Equinox system include high-efficiency SunPower solar panels, integrated SunPower microinverters, the low-profile, all-black SunPower InvisiMount mounting system for optimal aesthetics, SunPower's EnergyLink ecosystem to monitor energy production in real-time, all complete with industry-leading product and power warranty.
Brunn, known for his international, experimental and modern approach to design, prides himself on efficiency and choreography of interiors empathetically designed for the human body. The creation of Bridge House is also intended to showcase the ease of eco-friendly design and building.
"SunPower is proud to power Bridge House with the most efficient panels on the market, mirroring Brunn's minimalist approach with sleek and powerful solar," said Martin DeBono, SunPower executive vice president, residential solar. "Our goal is to deliver unbeatable solar power, long-term performance, and elegant curb appeal for all of our residential customers."
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