A Beyond LEED Platinum, Zero Net-Energy, Passive House


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About Project Green Home

Project Green Home is a beyond LEED Platinum, Zero Net-Energy, Passive House in Palo Alto, CA in 2010. It was built to be beautiful, comfortable and environmentally efficient at the same time. It was designed by Arkin Tilt Architects. Please contact us to schedule a house tour or to drive an electric vehicle!

Recent Events

Low Carbon Home in Cupertino!

on October 24, 2016

A friend of ours in Cupertino recently made the transition to an all-electric home using solar power as a retrofit project. Check out the details here!

Electric Cars are Cheaper than Cell Phones!

on September 13, 2016 by Sven Thesen

Check it out! You can now lease an electric car for as low as $29/month* - which is probably less than your monthly cell phone bill.

My buddy, Scott, just leased a Chevy Spark for $52/month and $3,318 down. He'll get to drive it up to 12,000 miles/year. He'll even get a check for $2,500 from the CA Clean Vehicle Rebate Program (once funded**), so his down payment is essentially $818.

Not only will Scott get a brand new car for very little money, but Scott will get HOV stickers as the car is an "electric vehicle" (EV), allowing him to drive in the carpool lane alone. Plus, he is going to enjoy that almost instantaneous acceleration of an EV***.

And if all that wasn't enough, he's going to save even more money on fuel costs: it's about 3¢/mile on electricity compared to 10¢/mile in a gas car, because EVs are inherently more efficient. And because it's a new car, he will have virtually no maintenance costs over the 3-year lease, so he's even going to save even more money.****

To top it all off, Scott will be substantially lowering his carbon footprint, and investing in a clean energy future for all of us.***** With all these advantages, no wonder he and his family are so happy!

Want to join me, Scott, and a growing number of grinning EV drivers? Want to save money, have a more convenient and fun driving experience, zip into the HOV lane, and do good for everyone's lungs and the planet?

There are two big EV events this coming weekend, Saturday (September 17) in Cupertino and Sunday (September 18) in Palo Alto. At both, you can take a test drive and get the EV grin. And best of all, you can talk to real EV drivers - like me and Scott - about how they drive, where they charge, EV range, battery life, and anything else you wanted to know but were afraid to ask about driving an EV!

Cupertino - Saturday (100+ EVs, 24+ different models, 2 million miles driven cumulatively)

Palo Alto - Sunday (42+ EVs, 18+ different models, 0.6 million miles driven cumulatively)

EV Links

State EV Rebate

State Low Income EV Rebate

EV Models and Makes

Current EV Leasing and Deals

Thanks for reading,

Sven (The guy with the Nation's first free EV charger in front of his house!)

P.S. When I asked Scott if I could use him as an example, he said, "...we are proud to be driving Electric. I always hoped we could drive an electric car but thought it would be too expensive, no longer!"

Why is Sven so pro-EV? See

*See for a comparison of current electric vehicle (EV) leasing deals in California. Note, the numbers on this site do not include taxes and title, nor do they factor in the $2,500 CA State rebate.

** Depending on income, the $2500 rebate may be as high as $4,000, or as low as zero. Although the rebate is currently not funded, it is taking reservations and will likely be funded within the next 90 days.

***While the Chevy Spark is not a Telsa, it comes close. Most EV's blow most gas cars out of the water when it comes to acceleration.

**** 3¢/mile on electricity is based on the Spark at 4 miles/kWh and electricity at 11¢/kWh, PG&E EV-B rate. 10¢/mile on gasoline is based on 30 mpg and $3/gallon. Scott's new EV will likely require no more than maintenance than rotating the tires every 7,500 miles and refilling the windshield wiper fluid.

*****Passenger vehicles in the Bay Area are responsible for ~30% of our carbon footprint. Simply getting out of your gas car and into an EV (or onto a bicycle or riding public transit, etc) is likely the single biggest thing you can do to address global warming. For more information, and a funny visualization of all that CO2, visit

Ride, Drive, and Be Merry: A National Drive Electric Week Celebration

on September 18

Come view, get inside, take a ride, or even drive an electric vehicle at this fun and FREE event. Talk to EV owners and dealer representatives, learn about range, pricing, available makes and models, and the exciting things in store for this game-changing technology.

Presented by and Lead Organizers: Plug In America, Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association

This event will take place at Peninsula Conservation Center, 3921 East Bayshore Rd, Palo Alto on Sunday, September 18th, 2016. from 1 P.M to 4 P.M.

Passive House CA: The Home Owner's Perspective

on August 21

Why would you build a home beyond code minimum, what are the benefits and what are the cost implications? Hear from local home owners about why they chose Passive House as their path and what they've experienced. Learn the why, what and how from these case studies, including construction details and economics.

This event will take place at Covo CoWorking Space, 981 Mission Street, San Francisco on Sunday, August 21st, 2016. from 3 P.M to 6 P.M.

Palo Alto Electric Vehicle Test Drive

on July 26 is supporting the City of Palo Alto's Free Electric Vehicle Test Drive: Make your drive cheaper, cleaner & more fun!

This event will take place at 250 Hamilton Street, Palo Alto on Tuesday, July 26th, 2016. from 10 A.M to 2:30 P.M.

July Project Green Home Tour

on July 11

We had a great time hosting tours of Project Green Home. We also loved the friendly EV Ride & Drive competition happening near our curbside EV charger, and we hope that it encouraged more people to make the switch. We enjoyed having CA Assemblymember Candidate (District 24) Marc Berman over to answer questions as well. More to come!

This event took place at 314 Stanford Road on July 11th, 2016.