BROOKS WATERSHED AND GREEN RESIDENCE
LEED Platinum Home
Developing a watershed approach to managing water on a single-family home site
Duvivier was inspired to push the limits to create one of the top 10 green homes in California and top 25 in the US according to the US Green Building Council. She transformed a dilapidated 100-year-old home into a state-of-the-art model. Her solution was holistic. Every part of the house from building materials to energy and water-use were examined for maximum efficiency. What resulted is a LEED Platinum house and the 2012 Outstanding Home Award from the national United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Experimental opportunities such as graywater application, 95% native plants, collection cisterns for irrigation, net-zero energy and material reuse were used.
The home has been visited by thousands during construction and since completion two years ago. The project is spawning a neighborhood-wide green infrastructure movement and has been widely published including in the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and Green Source magazine.