If you have an extra $12.5 million lying around, this LEED Gold certified mansion might be just what you need. The Casa di Buona Fortuna—a one-of-a-kind luxury home located in Prescott, Arizona—has recently been offered for sale. It is unique for its amalgamation of classic Tuscan-style architecture, ‘smart’ luxury features, and its sustainable, green design and construction.
Completed in March 2015, the 10,422 square-foot Tuscan grand villa sits atop a ridgeline in Arizona’s Central Highlands, with views of the Bradshaw Mountains and government-protected desert below. Design details include groin-vaulted ceilings, intricately corbelled beams, custom tiling, inset French doors, rich wood paneling and wrought-iron fixtures.
Smart features enable the owner to control the lighting for any room or the entire house from a touchpad in any room, or from a mobile device. Similarly, temperature and humidity levels can be precisely set for any of 30 climate zones, while the system continuously monitors air quality. Audio and video equipment and surveillance cameras can be controlled from a touchpad or smartphone application. Windows dim with the intensity of the sun; snow and ice are automatically melted from the driveway, decks and walkways.
Casa di Buona Fortuna has achieved LEED Gold Certification from the United States Green Building Council and is constructed of recycled, recyclable, renewable and non-toxic materials. Its 72 solar panels are capable of generating 16,000 watts of electricity on a clear day. Heat is provided via a ground-source heat-exchange system. Thick, insulated exterior walls allow the home to operate at an astounding 99.8 percent energy efficiency.
If you ask us, it seems a little odd to certify a single family home of this size and use of resources as sustainable.
This post was prepared by Solar Thermal Magazine staff.