Zero Net Energy Live/Work Showcase Opens Doors to Public

Zero Net Energy Live/Work Showcase Opens Doors to Public

A LEED-Platinum rated zero net energy live/work unit opens its doors to the public today before a deal closes to buy the unique property near the Oakland Estuary.

The two-story townhome was built by a private developer in a joint venture with ZETA, which produces modular net zero energy multifamily housing and mixed-use structures for sustainable communities.

With architecture by the ZETA design team and DSA Architects, the 1,540-square-foot unit is packed with high-performance environmental systems and elements.

The property’s zero energy system features:

  • Passive solar design
  • zTherm: automated energy controller
  • A thermal storage conditioned basement
  • An ultra-efficient envelope that includes an R-30 Roof, R-22 Walls, R5 exterior
  • rigid foam, R-22 Floor, Serious Materials Windows that are R-5 and
  • R-7 Energy Star rated
  • An air-to-air heat exchanger
  • A high efficiency heat pump
  • A heat recovery ventilator
  • A wastewater heat recovery system
  • High-efficiency LED and CFL lighting
  • Energy Star appliances
  • 100 percent photovoltaic power
  • A rigid insulation wrapped building system
  • High performance cellulose and spray foam insulation

The live/work unit earned 206 points under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards maintained by the U.S. Green Building Council — and with such a high score attained certification in the top tier of the rating system. The unit also won Green Builder magazine's 2009 Home of the Year Award.

Project partners planned the open house from 3 to 6 p.m. today at 610 Lancaster Street in Oakland as the last public event for the property before arrangements to purchase it are complete.

Listed at $479,000 which includes an adjacent lot planned for an additional unit, the property is under contract for sale at an undisclosed amount that is greater than the list price and is expected to close at the end of the month.

Can’t make it to open house? ZETA provides a virtual tour of the Lancaster site and other projects at

Images courtesy of ZETA.