When one Park House wall opens…well, they all do, and Jonathan put eco-everything in them.
If you know anything about me, you know I’m big on creating affordable, equitable, clean energy access for everyone. In fact, I made a whole movie about it. When we first bought the Park House, I knew we wanted to make it more energy efficient…but I didn’t quite anticipate what we ended up doing, after our engineer told us we were going to need to open pretty much every wall to earthquake-proof the house.
And you know the old saying: when one wall opens…well, they all do, and we put eco-everything in them.
Heating and Cooling
First, let’s talk heat pumps. Heat pump technology has been around forever, but traditionally only offices and commercial buildings have used the technology. A massive shift to heat pump technology is happening now in homes, because it is more cost effective, especially in more temperate climates, and it actually works really well in colder climates, too.
The Park House uses a Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) system from Carrier, because you can zone pretty much every room in the house separately. So, if Zooey likes to sleep cold, but I want it warmer in the bathroom, no problem. Or if the kids like a different temperature, no problem. Plus, instead of heating or cooling all the air in a home, Carrier’s VRF systems only activate air units when and where you want them. This makes VRF technology one of the most sustainable and efficient ways to use energy, which can result in substantial cost savings.
Electrical and Solar
I’m as big a nerd as anyone when it comes to “smart home” tech, but it’s only worth it to me if I’m saving energy. Well, we hit a smart-home run when it comes to the Park House. We chose SPAN Smart Electrical Panels to control and manage every electrical circuit in the house, right from our phones. They let you turn any circuit on or off remotely, which is great if you think you left something on accidentally. And even cooler, it can tell you when an appliance is about to fail, and which is using too much energy. It allows you to see everything electrically that’s happening in your home.
And that electrical energy is coming from our Tesla solar roof tiles, which have the beauty of a slate roof that’s more authentic to the era of when this home was built. These amazing roof tiles, combined with Tesla’s battery backup, could help us last several days without power if we needed to.
Now, producing all that clean energy only matters if you’re keeping it in the house. We all know how notorious old homes are for energy leaks. To solve that problem, we turned to Rockwool insulation, which is fireproof—especially important in Southern California. The entire Park House is wrapped in a two-inch-thick board Rockwool insulation: the exterior walls, the roof, everywhere. When we put it in, we instantly felt the spaces inside get cooler. We also insulated every interior wall and joist cavity, to minimize sound transfer between rooms. It creates a really, peaceful quiet element to the home.
It’s so important to check your insulation, especially in your attic, because a lot of energy loss occurs through the ceiling and roof. It’s also a good idea to check for drafts from your windows and doors, and seal those with expanding foam.
After all these improvements, The Park House came in five times more efficient than the level required for the highest level of green-building certification. That’s something I’m particularly proud of. Even though it’s a large, family house, The Park House will use less grid energy than a small apartment.
Can’t get enough of The Park House? Check out our Inside The Design: The Park House series on YouTube right now!
Jonathan + Zooey's Park House Resource Guide
Click below to see all of the inspiration from Jonathan and Zooey's new home!
|wdt_ID||Room||Product Type||Product STYLE||Product||Company STYLE||Company||Product Code / Sku|
|1||Exterior||Exterior Brick||"Creative Mines Craft® Paintgrade Brick™ Loft"||"Creative Mines Craft® Paintgrade Brick™ Loft"||Creative Mines||Creative Mines||N/A|
|2||Exterior||Paint - Exterior||Emerald Exterior||Emerald Exterior||Sherwin-Williams||Sherwin-Williams||N/A|
|5||Exterior||Custom Windows||Custom Windows & Doors Throughout||Custom Windows & Doors Throughout||Pella||Pella||N/A|
|6||Exterior||Driveway||Artillo Arabesque Pattern 11A||Artillo Arabesque Pattern 11A||ARTO||ARTO||Creme Fraiche Vintage|
|7||Exterior||CORE grass parking – overflow area||CORE Grass 70-40||CORE Grass 70-40||CORE Landscape Products||CORE Landscape Products||Black|
|8||Exterior||CORE gravel driveway – easement portion||CORE Gravel 60-40||CORE Gravel 60-40||CORE Landscape Products||CORE Landscape Products||Grey|
|9||Exterior||CORE gravel garbage area||CORE Gravel 50-35||CORE Gravel 50-35||CORE Landscape Products||CORE Landscape Products||Grey|
|10||Exterior||Water Softener||Premier Series – Non-electric, Twin Tank, Demand Operated||Premier Series – Non-electric, Twin Tank, Demand Operated||Kinetico||Kinetico||N/A|
|11||Exterior||Drinking Water System||K5 Drinking Water Station with VOC and Mineral Plus cartridges||K5 Drinking Water Station with VOC and Mineral Plus cartridges||Kinetico||Kinetico||N/A|
|12||Exterior||Specialty Filter||Chloramine Reduction System||Chloramine Reduction System||Kinetico||Kinetico||N/A|
|13||Rose Garden||Outdoor Heaters||Infratech WD60 custom black finish, 6,000 watts||Infratech WD60 custom black finish, 6,000 watts||Encino Fireplace||Encino Fireplace||N/A|
|14||Rose Garden||Outdoor Heaters||WD39 s/s 5,000 watts||WD39 s/s 5,000 watts||Encino Fireplace||Encino Fireplace||N/A|
|15||Throughout||Recessed Lighting||HALO LTB 4 in. Selectable CCT (3000K-5000K) Integrated LED, White Recessed Light, Dimmable Retrofit Trim||HALO LTB 4 in. Selectable CCT (3000K-5000K) Integrated LED, White Recessed Light, Dimmable Retrofit Trim||Halo by Cooper Lighting||Halo by Cooper Lighting||N/A|
|16||Entry||Walls at Paneling||Pure White||Pure White||Sherwin-Williams||Sherwin-Williams||SW 7005|
|17||Entry||Coat Closet Built-In||Quietude||Quietude||Sherwin-Williams||Sherwin-Williams||SW 6212|
|18||Entry||Parquet Flooring||Bordeaux Parquet Pattern in White Oak||Bordeaux Parquet Pattern in White Oak||Oshkosh Designs||Oshkosh Designs||SKU 156|
|19||Entry||Chevron Flooring||Chevron in White Oak||Chevron in White Oak||Oshkosh Designs||Oshkosh Designs||SKU 138|
|20||Entry||Crown Moulding||Crown 368||Crown 368||Woodgrain||Woodgrain||D-CM-368DRL|
|21||Entry||Base Moulding - paired with Crown for Crown Build-up||Base 522||Base 522||Woodgrain||Woodgrain||522|
|22||Entry||Chair Rail/Panel Mould||Chair Rail CR7||Chair Rail CR7||Woodgrain||Woodgrain||CR07|
|23||Entry||S4S Board||1X4 Board||1X4 Board||Woodgrain||Woodgrain||1X4|
|24||Entry||Base Moulding||Base B20||Base B20||Woodgrain||Woodgrain||B020|
|25||Entry||Casing||Casing RB03||Casing RB03||Woodgrain||Woodgrain||RB03|
|26||Entry||Flat Jamb||Flat Jamb 6-5/8"||Flat Jamb 6-5/8"||Woodgrain||Woodgrain||Flat Jamb 6-5/8" X 97-11/16"|
|27||Entry||Primed 10-panel Interior Door - Double Hip Panel||10-panel Door||10-panel Door||Woodgrain||Woodgrain||158 Interior - DBH PRM|
|28||Entry||Mahogany 10-panel Exterior Door - Double Hip Panel||10-panel Door||10-panel Door||Woodgrain||Woodgrain||158 Exterior|
|29||Entry||Cabinet Pull||Pilkinton Cabinet Pull||Pilkinton Cabinet Pull||Signature Hardware||Signature Hardware||Golden Champagne|
|30||Entry||Sharber Clear Glass Cabinet||Sharber Clear Glass Cabinet||Sharber Clear Glass Cabinet||Signature Hardware||Signature Hardware||Gold Champagne|
|31||Entry||Door Hardware||Octagon Mortise Knob by Knob, Lever by Lever Entryset in Flat Black Finish||Octagon Mortise Knob by Knob, Lever by Lever Entryset in Flat Black Finish||Emtek||Emtek||Octagon Tuscany Lever|
|32||Entry||Door Hinges||Radius Corners Heavy Duty Ball Bearing, Plated Steel||Radius Corners Heavy Duty Ball Bearing, Plated Steel||Emtek||Emtek||Matte Black|
|33||Entry||Registers||Honeycomb Bronze||Honeycomb Bronze||Signature Hardware||Signature Hardware||SKU : 917439|
|34||Entry||Rivington Small Round Sconce||Natural Brass||Natural Brass||Circa Lighting||Circa Lighting||RL2064|
|35||Entry||Chandelier||Dickinson Large Chandelier||Dickinson Large Chandelier||Circa Lighting||Circa Lighting||KS 5006SB-CG|
|36||Dining Room||Moldings and Wainscott||Indigo Batik||Indigo Batik||Sherwin-Williams||Sherwin-Williams||SW 7602|
|37||Dining Room||Wallpaper||Dandelions Wallpaper - Deep Autumn Night||Dandelions Wallpaper - Deep Autumn Night||Milton & King||Milton & King||N/A|
|38||Dining Room||Wallpaper Install||Katie's Wallpaper Installation||Katie's Wallpaper Installation||Katie's Wallpaper||Katie's Wallpaper||N/A|
|39||Dining Room||Crown Moulding||Crown 368||Crown 368||Woodgrain||Woodgrain||D-CM-368DRL|
|40||Dining Room||Base Moulding - paired with Crown for Crown Build-up||Base 522||Base 522||Woodgrain||Woodgrain||522|
|41||Dining Room||Chair Rail/Panel Mould||Chair Rail CR7||Chair Rail CR7||Woodgrain||Woodgrain||CR07|
|42||Dining Room||S4S Board||1X4 Board||1X4 Board||Woodgrain||Woodgrain||1X4|
|43||Dining Room||Base Moulding||Base B20||Base B20||Woodgrain||Woodgrain||B020|
|44||Dining Room||Casing||Casing RB03||Casing RB03||Woodgrain||Woodgrain||RB03|
|45||Dining Room||Flat Jamb||Flat Jamb 6-5/8"||Flat Jamb 6-5/8"||Woodgrain||Woodgrain||Flat Jamb 6-5/8" X 97-11/16"|
|46||Dining Room||Primed 10-panel Interior Door - Double Hip Panel||10-panel Door||10-panel Door||Woodgrain||Woodgrain||158 Interior - DBH PRM|
|47||Dining Room||Mahogany 10-panel Exterior Door - Double Hip Panel||10-panel Door||10-panel Door||Woodgrain||Woodgrain||158 Exterior|
|48||Dining Room||Parquet Flooring||Bordeaux Parquet pattern in White Oak||Bordeaux Parquet pattern in White Oak||Oshkosh Designs||Oshkosh Designs||SKU 156|
|49||Dining Room||Chevron Flooring||Chevron in White Oak||Chevron in White Oak||Oshkosh Designs||Oshkosh Designs||SKU 138|
|50||Dining Room||Chevron Flooring||Chevron in White Oak||Chevron in White Oak||Oshkosh Designs||Oshkosh Designs||SKU 138|