The “greenest house in America.” That’s what we heard at GreenTown’s lunch at Tah Mah Lah, the Holland-Yates home in Portola Valley. The home, designed to showcase the latest innovations in sustainable design, does that by being highly efficient, producing more energy than is consumed, restoring habitat, saving and repurposing water, and reducing and even reusing waste.
The lunch was a GreenTown auction item at last year’s Farm-to-Table dinner. The winning bidder and her guests heard from Tom Klope, landscape architect for the project. Klope explained that the design work began in 2006 and took many years. The team of architects and designers ventured into a number of new areas, leading to inevitable delays as the approval process had to catch up. According to Klope, this wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, as innovations in sustainable design are evolving rapidly. The house was completed in 2012.
A few interesting highlights –
One goal, personally important for Klope: “Make it beautiful.” He planted all natives and the grasses are a blend of natives sold by Delta Bluegrass. They have different blends for different niches. You can visit Portola Valley and see six of the different blends planted in a field near Town Hall.
Sustainably built with attention to every aspect of a modern, green building. Now that’s a vision GreenTown can support!
To read about the home, visit http://www.tahmahlah.com/
Written by Gary Hedden