Marisol Residence

Malibu, CA

United States

Malibu Home Strives For Zero-Carbon Certification

Malibu Home Strives For Zero-Carbon Certification

Every dimension of this $32 million Malibu mansion was designed with intent. A team of eminent architects, engineers, botanist and sustainability experts worked together to create California’s first ‘zero-carbon’ home.

What does it mean to be a ‘zero carbon’ certified home?

It means that 100% of the home’s energy use must be renewable and 100% of the embodied carbon emissions associated with construction is offset (by using things like sustainable lumber). To receive the certification, the homeowner must submit 12 months of utility bills to verify usage is under a specific threshold.

Applications used in this project:Siding Siding

Developer and project manager, Scott Morris, shares that “[he is] aiming for the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) ZCC, the gold standard in certification and similar to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).” ILFI ZCC is the first worldwide zero carbon third-party certified standard.

The design and construction plan included ‘carbon-sequestering’ techniques using sustainable wood and recycled concrete. For example, instead of using 80,000 pounds of steel, they replaced it with FSC mass timber. These materials were built together to not only look and feel exactly right, but to do right by our environment.

Developer: Marisol Malibu
Architect: Burdge Architects 
Interior Designer: On Pointe Design
Accoya Siding by: Delta Millworks
Photographer: Tanveer Badal


First of the Zero Series

First of the Zero Series

The impressive 14,429 square foot house sits on a 2.48-acre plot in MariSol, Malibu near the Santa Monica mountains. It contains six bedrooms, a home theater, vegetable garden, wine cellar, ocean view bocce ball and more. Everything is constructed from recycled and sustainable materials and features no on-site fossil fuel burning, such as gas for a stove.

Crown Pointe Estates, the leading California-based development firm, is creating three additional zero-carbon luxury homes in the Marisol Zero Series.

For more information on these homes, visit

Sustainable Accoya Chosen for Siding and More

Sustainable Accoya Chosen for Siding and More

FSC certified Accoya wood is used in several areas of the home including exterior siding, ceiling and interior paneling.

Pictured on the left, the room is covered in a 25-foot Accoya wood ceiling with skylights. Accoya is also used for the paneling around the fireplace with a Delta Black finish by Delta Millworks.

The interior designer, On Pointe Design, chose to use Accoya around the fire place because, “by using a zero emissions fireplace they were able to bring a combustible material, like the black shou sugi ban wood you see here, to be flush with the firebox.”

“Shou sugi ban is a traditional Japanese method to waterproof wood siding by charring it. For the shou sugi ban, we sourced FSC-certified Accoya wood as a sustainable alternative to the traditionally used, short supply and slow growing cedar tree” (On Pointe Design).

Accoya wood siding provided by Accoya Manufacturer, Delta Millworks

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