Even the rooftops are put to work. At the second-floor level, a rooftop lined with plants encourages biodiversity (aka, birds and insects will stick around) and helps reduce dust and smog. Plants are pre-grown and contained in biodegradable recycled paper and wax for low maintenance. Built-in irrigation delivers water directly to the roots.
Solar panels are projected to offset 93 percent of the electricity in this house. An ENERGY STAR Cool Roof reflects sun rays, reducing cooling costs by up to 20%.