Check out the people who helped create a custom home build that is elegant, energy-efficient and sustainable, known as the Net Zero ICONIC Home.
It’s no secret that ICONIC LIFE Magazine has partnered with the best of the best on a very special project—the nation’s first-ever sustainable showhouse, the Net Zero ICONIC Home.
This journey follows the building of this home from the ground up, and we’ve been learning so much along the way from the wonderful partners and sponsors on this project.
This showhouse is unlike any other we’ve done before. In lieu of several design teams completing different spaces like in our ICONIC Hauses, this home has one design team, but features a variety of incredible sustainable and innovative brands that are all working together to create a high-efficiency, forward-thinking home that will stand the test of time (and energy).
Working on the Net Zero ICONIC Home is a serious undertaking, and builder Brad Leavitt of AFT Construction, Scott Carson of Cosan Studio, Kacie Lilley and Stacy Scharf of K&Q Interiors, and Jeremy McVicars of Refined Gardens have all stepped up to the plate.
These experts in their fields combined their knowledge to create a home for one of the nation’s foremost specialists on sustainable construction, Mark LaLiberte. As the founder of Construction Instruction, he spent years studying the building science that goes into constructing residences that are efficient, good for the environment and good for the inhabitants, too.
ICONIC LIFE brought together some of our favorite innovative brands to help make this dream a reality for our wonderful partners. Our aim is to provide education, inspiration and motivation around sustainable design and living.
Here, we’ll dive into each of the players who are generously sponsoring the Net Zero ICONIC Home, along with what makes each brand a perfect fit for the goals of this home—sustainability, innovation and wellness.
AVOCADO GREEN BRANDS
Beginning with their signature Avocado Mattresses, Avocado Green Brands has since expanded to include a variety of eco-friendly products for the home. The Avocado mattresses will be featured throughout the bedrooms in the Net Zero ICONIC Home, providing a comfortable and conscientious slumber for all in the house.
All Avocado mattresses are certified organic and non-toxic, and the company holds prestigious accolades like being a certified B Corporation, climate neutral and fair trade verified. Now, they continue to progress in sustainability by becoming the first mattress brand to be zero-waste.
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A new, sustainable modular outdoor lifestyle company, Neighbor is changing the way we think about outdoor furniture. Founded by Tuft & Needle alumni Nick Arambula, Mike Fretto and Chris Lee, Neighbor does things differently by using FSC certified teak, Sunbrella fabrics and other durable materials.
Their innovative seating design is modular, so your furnishings can grow with you–simply add or remove sections as needed. The brand has recently expanded their offerings to include dining sets, rugs, coffee tables, lounge chairs and more.
Solstice Stone is the trusted resource for natural stone, brick and pavers in the Southwest. Specializing in architectural stone designs, the Solstice Stone team works closely with the nation’s top architects, builders and designers to be the premiere supplier of sustainably-sourced stone.
The wall stone for the Net Zero ICONIC Home is a natural quartzitic sandstone, formed over 300 million years ago in the deserts of New Mexico. This sustainably-quarried material is locally transported, saving on carbon emissions as well. Solstice Stone’s forward-thinking mentality has positioned them as a leader in the industry.
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Crestron Electronics carved the path for technological innovation through automation solutions that transform the way people live their lives. As one of the originators of the “smart home” concept, Crestron has continued to innovate and integrate home technology in a way that makes living simple, efficient and healthy. This is made possible with smart home technology that is intuitive, simple and responsive to touch or the sound of your voice.
Crestron provides a complete smart home system engineered to be invisible, so all that remains is the experience with its Crestron Home and the new home office solution, Crestron Home Time. The Net Zero ICONIC Home will showcase the latest in smart home technology thanks to Crestron and Monarch AV.
SUB-ZERO, WOLF & COVE
Icons of design and paragons of performance, Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove are refrigeration, cooking and dishwashing specialists found in the world’s most luxurious homes. The company has placed a strong emphasis on sustainability, leading the way in both food preservation and the preservation of our planet.
By using 75% recycled stainless steel and 50% recycled plastic in their manufacturing, along with eliminating wastewater, Sub-Zero, Wolf and Cove are making strides in eco-friendly manufacturing. The company’s beautiful and top-of-the-line appliances will be featured throughout the Net Zero ICONIC Home, provided by Expressions Home Gallery.
VISUAL COMFORT & CO
Recognizing how overwhelming the lighting selection process could be, Visual Comfort & Co founder Gale Singer had a vision to disrupt the way lighting was sold. Visual Comfort & Co came to be the trusted one stop shop for designers, builders, and consumers alike for shopping the very best in lighting.
It’s no secret that the right light fixture can make or break any space, and more information is “coming to light” about the importance of a lighting system that aligns with our circadian rhythms. A variety of beautiful chandeliers, ceiling fixtures, lamps and decorative lighting will illuminate the Net Zero ICONIC Home.
HEAT & GLO FIREPLACES
Heat & Glo fireplaces are paving the way for the future of sustainable fireplaces that prioritize a healthy home. A ton of research and development went into creating innovative systems like direct-vent technology, which is more efficient and allows the user to direct the heat in their home.
Additionally, their line of eco-friendly electric fireplaces create beautiful flames without gas lines, venting or screens, keeping the air inside the home clean and pure. Heat & Glo offer a variety of styles, from traditional to modern, and some of their contemporary styles will go into the design for the Net Zero ICONIC Home. Presented by Arizona Fireplaces and Hearth & Home Technologies, the Net Zero ICONIC Home will be aglow thanks to Heat & Glo fireplaces.
With over 30 years of experience in custom wood flooring installation and refinishing, Arizona Hardwood Floor Supply has built a reputation for excellence. A top resource amongst the best home builders and designers in the Valley, Arizona Hardwood Floor Supply offers hundreds of species and styles of custom wood flooring.
Wood is one of the best earth-friendly and renewable materials for flooring, and reclaimed wood or bamboo flooring is even kinder to the environment. Arizona Hardwood Floor Supply’s sustainably-harvested products offer the perfect foundation for the Net Zero ICONIC Home, ensured to last for years to come.
MIELE | EXPRESSIONS HOME GALLERY
Miele, a German manufacturer of high-end appliances available at Expressions Home Gallery, is all about innovation and timeless elegance, with a focus on sustainability. The brand operates with a goal of energy efficiency and resource conservation with their products and production processes.
Miele earned the German Sustainability Award, is a member of the UN Global Compact sustainability initiative and is a signatory of the “Diversity Charter.” making the brand the ideal supplier for the washer and dryer in the Net Zero ICONIC Home.
We also want to extend a heartfelt thank you to our Sustainability Sponsors who are participating in the Net Zero ICONIC Home, including: Elkay, Broan-NuTone, Interior Essentials, Renovation Angel, Southwestern Mechanical Sales, and Pella Windows and Doors.