March 22, 2009

Google Co-founder To Build Eco-friendly Home

Google Co-founder Larry Page is planning to build a 6,000-square-foot eco-friendly house on a more than 0.75-acre lot, according to a Palo Alto Weekly report quoting Page's spokesman.

The new home will be constructed on the lot adjacent to the historic property where Page currently resides."¨

The house will include solar panels, materials that do not emit toxic chemicals, and paving that allows the rain to seep through, a big advantage in a state where water planners are seeking to fill up aquifers. 

The home's exterior will include zinc cladding and lots of windows, including a wall of sliding-glass doors in the back. Page is also working with an arborist to replace some trees in poor health with those that use less water.

The features should be enough to qualify the house as a green home as measured by the Green Point Certification program, according to the report published on Palo Alto Online, the website for Palo Alto Weekly.

Page plans to apply for a building permit next week.


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