Anticipated completion: January 2017
Size: 4051 sf
City: Encinitas, CA
Anticipated Certifications: LEED Certification

The Neuhaus is a two story gut-remodel idyllically located half a mile from Swami’s beach in Encinitas, CA. The owner enjoys much of her time outdoors and intends to minimize the environmental impact of the project through energy-conscious building design and lifecycle-assessed material choices.

In preparation for construction, the current house is undergoing “deconstruction” instead of “demolition” with help from The ReUse People of America. Deconstruction is a Win-Win-Win:

1. Where possible, materials will be re-used, and that means less material going to the landfill;

2. Re-Used materials go to both partner organizations such as Habitat For Humanity, and to a retail sales outlet where folks can buy used materials at great prices;

3. The homeowner gets a great Tax Deduction as a “Non-Cash Charitable Contribution” which greatly offsets the entire cost of deconstruction.

Remaining materials from deconstruction primarily go to recycling centers, such as the EDCO transfer station in Escondido, or to Moody’s where demolished concrete gets recycled.  Very little is transported to a conventional landfill.

We plan to achieve LEED Certification through the U.S. Green Building Council, a rigorous green-building certification program that aims to help building owners and operators be environmentally responsible and use resources efficiently. We are extremely lucky to be working with the talented JLC Architecture, who are familiar with the LEED process and will help facilitate LEED credits through sustainable design. 

View the live progress on the project blog: