The net-zero, 4,150-square-foot Emerald Home serves as the pilot project for Santa Fe's green building code.
Kitchen Recycled materials add Old World beauty to the kitchen, from the custom cabinets made of 200-year-old barn beams to the cast-iron sink and Oceanside recycled-glass backsplash. The Energy Star-rated lighting package, including the Progress Lighting units above the island, features more than 80% LED or CFL fixtures for superior energy savings compared with traditional lighting. Oceanside Glasstile: www.glasstile.com. Progress Lighting: 864.678.1000. www.progresslighting.com. Indoor Air Two Venmar ERVs with HEPA filters provide crucial fresh air exchange and remove pollens and other allergens from the indoor air. Even the garage has a Panasonic Energy Star-rated motion-activated exhaust fan that prevents vehicle fumes from entering the living space. Venmar: 800.567.3855. www.venmar.ca. Panasonic: 866.292.7292. www.panasonic.com.
Compressed Earth Blocks Colorado-based contractor Earth Block made 4,000 CEBs on-site with site soil, some added clay-rich soil, and about 6% Portland cement for stabilization. 970.883.2456. www.earthblockinc.com.
Flooring Ultra-durable limestone floors grace the main living area; in other parts of the house, FSC-certified quartersawn white oak was used.
Building Envelope The R-7 SeriousWindows units feature krypton gas, heat mirror glass, and insulated fiberglass frames. For the walls, Dancer chose Applegate’s 85% recycled paper insulation for its low embodied energy and high R-value. SeriousWindows: 877.797.1206. www.seriouswindows.com. Applegate: 800.627.7536. www.applegateinsulation.com. Walls Interiors were finished with low-VOC Tobias Stucco wall finishing mixture or painted with Benjamin Moore low-VOC paint. Tobias Stucco: www.tobiasstucco.com. Benjamin Moore: 855.724.6802. www.benjaminmoore.com. Wood-Burning Fireplaces Dancer speced clean-burning, sealed-combustion Wittus fireplaces to provide backup heating in the living room and master bedroom on especially cold days. He says they are rarely used due to the home’s exceptional insulation package and geothermal heating system. 914.764.5679. www.wittus.com.