Looks like Richard Drefuss isn’t the only one with grand green plans for a future home.
Larry Page, co-founder of Google, somehow has the cash to build a new 6,000 sq. ft. four-bedroom, GreenPoint-rated house next to his current $7 million home in Palo Alto, Calif. Current local building codes prohibit him from adding on to his current living space — so the lot next door is getting the new eco-dwelling.
Much like Dreyfuss, his home will be loaded with green tech — and constructed using recycled materials. Earth2Tech gives us some additional details saying,
To be sure, Page plans to use some pretty cool stuff: Recycled materials that have low levels of volatile organic compounds (or none at all), a rooftop garden, solar panels, zinc cladding and pervious pavement, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. And the planned structure will likely take advantage of smart energy tools — IT technology that can help the homeowner better manage and reduce energy consumption — in particular Google’s PowerMeter.
Anytime you start talking about a “green mansion”, the word “oxymoron” invariably comes to mind. The fact that Page is building a new home next to his already large pad is asinine to begin with. Unfortunately, the allure of building mansions is not going to disappear. At the very least, Page is building this structure with sustainability and renewable technologies in mind. He may not be Ed Begley Jr., but hopefully his plans might inspire others with big building ideas to follow a similar path.