Californication House / McKinley Residence
This residence, home to Hertz and his family, was designed in two phases. The first phase featured two separate volumes connected by a bridge. Some years later the adjacent lot became available. It is now a compound made up of four discrete two-story buildings linked by three enclosed bridges that all face onto the courtyard, in a style one might call Balinese Modern.
His solution was to make the house the greenest house of its size he’d ever seen. Hertz used this house as a case study for green building techniques. An array of 20 solar collector panels on the roof help generate about 70 percent of the home’s electricity needs, and other sections of the roof are given over to flat-plate collectors that provide hot water to the water heater, which then sends it into a radiant heating system in the concrete floors.
The materials used were chosen carefully to support environmental sustainability and the design intent. Recycled and FSC certified sustainable woods such as Ipe, Mahogany, and Fir, are used throughout the house. And much of the concrete is Syndecrete®, which contains about 41 percent recycled content and is twice as light, with twice the compressive strength, of normal concrete. The material acts inside the house as a kind of “solar sink” for passive solar energy transfer, storing up the sun’s warmth during the day, and thus keeping it from overheating the interior, and then slowly releasing that heat during the night. Syndecrete® flooring was chosen for several reasons; it eliminates mold and dust caused by carpet, requires less maintenance, and is more environmentally sensitive than carpet, wood, or other floor finishes. In order to maintain excellent indoor air quality, the architect used zero VOC paint, and eliminated a forced air system and carpeted floors, progenitors of mold and dust.
This building is a successful study in architecture that is both aesthetically pleasing and environmentally responsible and was rewarded the Sustainable Living Award by the Eco Home network.
- Solar Energy – an array of 20 solar Photovoltaic panels on the roof supply around 90% of the home’s energy needs
- Evacuated Tube collectors and Flat Plate Collectors – providing domestic hot water to the water heater and pool solar hot water.
- Vacuum tubing on the roof, which uses a parabolic collector to focus the sun’s rays, provides additional hot water
- Recycled FSC certified sustainable woods such as Ipe, Mahogany and Fir
- Much of the concrete is Syndecrete®, a light-weight concrete that uses 41% recycled content
- Zero VOC paints
- Concrete floors
- High performance heat-mirror glazing and abundant natural lighting.
- The pool system uses an ionization and silver, copper and Platinum oxidizer, eliminating the need for chlorine
- Solar Hyrdonic radiant system and programmable thermostatic controls and infloor and exterior sensors.
- State of the Art whole house lighting and lighting controls
- Thermostatically controlled automatic skylights and windows.
- Whole house ventilation systems.
- Passive Ventilation – eliminating the need for a forced air system
Illustration of air flow through the Californication House:
Selection from David Hertz interview for Surfline. Full interview can be read on David's Bio.
Location: Venice, CA
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TV shows & Interviews about Californication House
- Dwell June 2012 (Westside home tour) Download PDF
- The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture (Californication House) Download PDF
- Vanity Fair, Oct 2010 Download PDF
- Dwell Magazine "100 Houses We Love" (Featuring Californication House), 2010 Download PDF
- Garden Design, Californication House 06/08
- World’s Greenest Homes Discovery Channel (Californication House) 05/08
- Off The Grid Homes (Californication House) Download PDF
- Kitchen Trends, vol23 no2, featuring the Californication House Download PDF
- House and Laboratory, featuring the Californication House
- Kinhte & DoThi, featuring the Californication House Download PDF
- IdealesHEIM, featuring the Californication House
- Sunset - Outdoor Living, September, featuring the Californication House
- HGTV Designer’s Portfolio, featuring various projects
- Variety Weekend, August, featuring Californication House poolbath
- Variety Weekend, July, featuring Californication House
- ED+C, Excellence in Design Awards finalist, Californication House
- Cruising LA Handbook, featuring Californication House
- The Independent Magazine, July 29, featuring Californication House
- H2O, Vol7, No.2, featuring David Hertz
- LA Time Home, May, featuring Californication House
- BusinessWeekOnline, May, featuring multiple projects
- Times Journal of Construction + Design, April, featuring Syndecrete®
- Bathroom TRENDS, Vol 21 no 10, featuring Syndecrete®
- Dwell, December/January, featuring the Californication House Download PDF
- Architectural Coatings, July, featuring the Californication House Download PDF
- Better Homes & Gardens, May, featuring Syndecrete®
- Child Magazine, May, featuring the Californication House
- Distinction, May/June, featuring the Californication House Download PDF
- Custom Home, April, featuring Syndecrete®
- LivingETC (England), August, featuring Californication House Download PDF
- Los Angeles Magazine, February, featuring the Californication House
- Los Angeles Times –HOME, June 30, featuring Californication House Download PDF
- Malibu Times, Sep./Oct., featuring the Californication House Download PDF
- Organic Style, July/August, featuring the Californication House Download PDF
- Outside, April, featuring the Californication House Download PDF
- Sunset Magazine, July, featuring the Californication House
- The Argonaut, featuring the Californication House
- The Robb Report, October 2004, featuring Californication House Download PDF
- Yogi Times, July-August, featuring the Californication House addition
- GA Houses 81, featuring the Californication House addition Download PDF and Binder Residence Download PDF
- Vlife (Featuring Californication House), 2003 Download PDF
- Dwell, March/April, featuring Syndecrete®
- Custom Home, April, featuring Syndecrete®
- Variety, October, “Green Chic” by Janelle Brown, featuring the Californication House and David Hertz, AIA Architects.
- GA Houses 74: Project 2003 featuring the Californication House addition Download PDF
- Fine Homebuilding, January, “Concrete, Timber and Glass” featuring Californication House
- Dwell, June, “House of Seven Patios”
- GA Houses 67, featuring Californication House and Hess Tilt-Up Slab House Download PDF
- Dwell, December, “How Families Live with Cutting Edge Design”, Cover article featuring the Californication House residence Download PDF
Stills from the film Ride (2014), starring, written and directed by Helen Hunt.