Stunning corten-clad California home built for efficiency and flexibility

August 1, 2016 by  
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441 Tamalpais sits at the end of a road in a serene hillside location close to hiking trails and nature. The family home enjoys an abundance of natural light thanks to large glazed sliding doors that minimize the need for artificial lighting, and the open-plan layout provides flexibility as the family matures. Related: Terraced Hollywood Hills House Eliminates the Need for Air Conditioning Every room of the terraced home has a strong connection to the surroundings and features a shaded deck made from recycled bamboo flooring. The home is equipped with a 10Kw solar photovoltaic system, which provides energy for a hyper-efficient mini-split heat pump heating and air conditioning, as well as an automatic Heat Recovery Ventilation System (HRV) that operates around the clock. The home was designed to be virtually maintenance free with long-lasting materials that also age beautifully, including the rusty corten steel facade. + Zack De Vito Via Arch Daily Images via  Bruce Damonte

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Tesla and SolarCity just agreed on a $2.6 billion merger

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Elon Musk announced back in June that Tesla wished to purchase solar power company SolarCity . Now the world is one step closer to the clean energy super company that could result from such a merger. Today in a blog post , Tesla announced the two companies have come to an agreement: a hefty “all-stock transaction with an equity value of $2.6 billion.” With SolarCity’s focus on renewable energy , and Tesla’s focus on storage, Musk apparently believes now is the perfect time to combine the two companies, especially as Tesla aims to grow its Powerwall product. In Elon Musk’s ” Master Plan Part Deux ,” released near the end of July, he said it’s been a goal of his for ten years to offer solar energy, and combining with SolarCity could allow Tesla to achieve that goal. He spoke of a “beautiful solar-roof-with-battery that just works,” and envisioned with a merger the process to transition to clean energy would be simple for a customer: “One ordering experience, one installation, one service contract, one phone app.” Related: Elon Musk aims to build clean energy giant with Tesla’s $2.8 billion bid for SolarCity Musk said, “That [Telsa and SolarCity] are separate at all, despite similar origins and pursuit of the same overarching goal of sustainable energy, is largely an accident of history.” The blog post released by Tesla today announcing the agreement with SolarCity echoes many of those dreams laid out in Musk’s updated master plan. With the combination of two companies, they said, there could be an easy “one-stop solar + storage experience.” SolarCity organized a committee to review the agreement apart from Musk’s influence, reports Reuters. As Musk sits on the board of SolarCity, of which his cousin Lyndon Rive is CEO (another cousin, Peter Rive, also sits on the board), they and many other executives won’t vote on the agreement. Under the agreement, there will be a “go-shop” provision, which means Solar City has 45 days, until September 14, to see if they get a better offer than Tesla’s offer. In the blog post Tesla said they anticipate closing the transaction in 2016’s fourth quarter. Via The Verge Images via SolarCity Facebook and Flickr

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