Net-zero home in Venice, Calif., by Brooks + Scarpa wins AIA award

A passive cooling strategy, cantilevered roof, and thermal chimney are among techniques powering award-winning house

December 20, 2013

Passive design strategy combined with a very tight perimeter building envelope and other active sustainable features such as a 12kw solar system allow a home in Venice, Calif., to produce 100 percent of its energy needs. Since completion, it has never received an electric bill. The design of the Ying Yang House, recently named a top ten green project by the AIA, maximizes the opportunities of the mild, marine climate with a passive cooling strategy using cross-ventilation and a thermal chimney. A large cantilevered roof overhang shades all the bedrooms from direct sunlight while providing ample natural light and ventilation.

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