Even celebrities are focused on reducing the carbon footprint of their lavish lifestyles by outfitting properties with the latest in energy efficient technology. Lisa Ling, the broadcast television journalist, and her husband Dr. Paul Song have worked long and hard to build a green home. Mother Nature Network reports that the Marco DiMacchio-designed home is not only Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certified, but it is also believed to be the first carbon-neutral property in Santa Monica, California.
Fitting, because Ling hosted CNN's 2008 documentary series "Planet in Peril," and it focused on the impacts of modern lifestyle and industry on the health of the environment.
"My husband and I are building the first carbon-neutral, LEED Platinum certified home in Santa Monica. We buried a 5,000-gallon water tank, we have over 60 solar panels, we're not having any grass - all succulents," the erstwhile "View" chatterbox and current host of OWN's "Our America with Lisa Ling," told Mother Nature Network in February 2011.
The 4,300-square-foot home also features a passive cooling system, high levels of insulation, light emitting diodes (LEDs), zero-VOC paints and a radiant floor heating system. According to the news source, even the previously existing property on the plot of land was deconstructed with having the goal of 100 percent waste diversion – meaning nothing went to the landfill.
Incorporating the latest building practices and utility technologies has allowed Ling and Song to construct an ultra-efficient property. Features like radiant floor heating drastically surpass traditional utility solutions and allow the couple to live in an efficient building – without forgoing comfort and style.
Radiant floor heating is more effective at warming a property and allows designers to place furniture and structural detail where ever they want because vents and baseboards are no longer a concern.