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The Sun-Powered Yin Yang House in Los Angeles

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What an intriguing shape this house has! Planters are stepped up next to the stairs. In the angled room behind it is the mechanical systems room.

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It was designed by Brooks + Scarpa who have been exceeding LEED platinum goals in their houses for more than a decade.

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The Yin Yang house produces its entire electricity needs from a 12 KW installation of solar panels on the roof, here used to double as a shading device for the porch below.

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It was designed for a growing family who wanted a calm, relaxed and organized environment that emphasizes family space.

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Ample public rooms on the ground floor encourage the family to enjoy life together.

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The street front is very private and walled off, but upon entering through the steel door on the right, guests enter an open and natural space.

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Protection from the intense heat of the western sun is provided by a second buffered courtyard. In winter, a radiant floor heating system keeps the polished concrete floor snug.

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The style is cool and hip, youthful and contemporary, almost industrial.

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The firm long ago adopted the 2030 challenge to make all buildings net zero, as its standard practice, even when clients don’t specify it.

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A green roof over the open living space provides a ‘pocket lawn’ view from bedrooms upstairs, while cooling beneath it.

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Sustainable materials such as bamboo, composite stone, and recycled finishes sit easily in the natural unfussy spaces.

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Since it was finished several years ago, it has never generated a power bill, making it a Net Zero house.

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