There is no better combination of luxury and environmental consciousness than that exemplified in this Napa Valley vineyard estate. Lying adjacent to one of Domaine Chandon’s most exclusive vineyards, and set on 23 acres of quintessential Napa Valley land, this property is unparalleled in both its unique nature and forward-thinking sustainability.
Boasting an open floor plan, and encapsulating the perfect balance of indoor/outdoor living, this Napa Valley home comes complete with a sparkling pool, outdoor kitchen and a wine cave. Breathtaking greenery surround this compound, and the interior design is inspired by true California living, with airy rooms, wood accents, and large windowsletting in natural, bright light.
What makes this a green home?
You’ve heard of global warming? This is a home design that does its part to reduce it. It is designed with eaves and a veranda overhang that let more light in when the sun is low in winter and less light in when the sun is high in summer. The architects actually put a 3D model of the house on a PG&E simulator to capture the shadows that would be on the house throughout the year. The house construction uses Tri-D panels with a 4” Styrofoam core and 4” of cement/plaster on either side of the core to create a high thermal mass building with insulation as well. This construction method cost more than 2x what simple stick frame with stucco construction would have cost.
The thermal mass averages the day and night temperatures passively producing a comfortable ambient temperature most of the year with little or no heating or cooling by the mechanical system. Additionally there is a 3 ft. thick sand bed thermal reservoir under the great room that is heated by the sun in the winter months. It keeps the main floor warm and stabilizes the temperature there. There is no forced air heat producing noise and blowing dust around. This is consistent with the quiet and pristine air of the outdoors at this site.