Sustainable in the Sierras: A Solar-Powered Home in Northern California

A builder blends handmade and high-tech to make his family's home resource-efficient and solar-powered.

The structural insulated panels (SIPs) on the roof of the addition provide optimum insulation and require no ventilation. The Trex deck is made from recycled plastic grocery bags, reclaimed pallet wrap and wood waste. The lower stairs are salvaged redwood.
Photography By Jim Beckett