Green Building Inside & Out

By Sergio Flores

Photography by Open Homes Photography

Bay Area housing trends are usually a good indicator of what’s to come in the housing industry. What happens in the Bay tends to trickle down to Southern California, and over time, the rest of the country. As the green building sector continues to push its way out of the niche sector, we can look to the Bay Area for examples of the best practices in sustainable and energy-efficient building.

Shannon Bloemker’s home in Piedmont, Calif. is a paragon example of green homebuilding. Bloemker, CEO and Founder of Glasshouse, is the proud owner of the renovated, mid-century modern home that is certified LEED Platinum. In fact, it is the first LEED certified home in the City of Piedmont, and only the third in the East Bay.

With extensive knowledge of sustainability, including a Masters in Sustainability from Harvard and obtaining a LEED credential, Bloemker wanted to reinvent her already-existing home with the help of renowned architect, Michelle Kaufmann. Their goal was to use the home as a testing ground for a sustainable design. 

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