“House of Good Fortune” in Prescott is Home to Green

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By David M. Brown
By David M. Brown

This Prescott home is very high on sustainability. On a cul-de-sac, acre-plus lot in the mile-high Arizona city, the Tuscan-style two story incorporates sustainable design, recycled materials and superior energy-efficient technology.

Completed in 2015 on Mystic Heights in the Ranch at Prescott, the LEED Gold-certified “Casa di Buona Fortuna” (House of Good Fortune) comprises three bedrooms and six bathrooms in 11,072 livable square feet, with wrap-around decks and patios, indoor and outdoor pools, a sauna and two elevators. A six-plus car garage has four garage doors for easy access.

One of the home's solar arrays, facing west.
One of the home’s solar arrays, facing west.

On the upper main living level is a family room with bar area, a theater, kitchen, butler’s pantry, outdoor BBQ, two guest suites and master suite with a steam shower and oversize tub, double vanities and toilets, double walk-in closets, laundry room and separate offices. The lower level includes a 300-bottle wine room, game room, indoor pool/ spa/sauna, exercise room and a shower.

“The House of Good Fortune proves that building green can also be beautiful, spacious and elegant as well as functional and healthy,” the owner said. “Sustainability, and how well the home performs its green functions, was the major issue throughout design and construction.”

The Good Earth

The snow melt lines installed ready for 6' of concrete above.
The snow melt lines installed ready for 6′ of concrete above.

For the home’s Ground Source Heating (GSH) system, 13 wells were drilled 350 feet into the bedrock where the temperature is a constant 57 degrees Fahrenheit. Tubes carry fluid from the surface that is warm in the summer and cold in the winter. Year round, the home is naturally conditioned to 72 degrees.

In addition, warm water is heated in two gas-fired water heaters, heating floors and rooms through radiant tubes, melting snow from driveways, walkways and decks in response to outdoor moisture sensors as well as keeping the pool temperature at 82 degrees or higher.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says geothermal is the most Earth-friendly and cost-effective way to condition a home. And the system is proving that year round it can save about 50 percent of the utility cost of conventional heat pump systems.

Green Outside and In

For the home’s superlative insulation, the walls are built up from hollow Styrofoam forms, 12 inches deep and filled with eight inches of reinforced concrete, and attic ceilings have 12 inches of rigid sprayed-in foam. The house is thereby more durable, fire, termite and moisture resistant, and air-tight.

The home also has energy-saving and human-comfort components such as 30-zone radiant heat flooring, low- voltage LED lighting, natural daylighting features, automatic shades, and rainwater capture and recycle. The electronic controls can be managed from anywhere by cell phone or computer on the internet.

Ethical Beauty

Est Est, Inc., the distinguished Scottsdale design firm, completed the interior design and other architectural details that helped toward LEED certification, including tile work, flooring, countertops and paint. Most of these materials contain recycled or renewable content and low to no-VOCs and were acquired within short distance from the home to reduce transportation costs, explains project designer Bianca Olsson, Allied ASID, Est Est, Scottsdale, who coordinated with company principal Tony Sutton, ASID.

049_Exterior“This home is not only aesthetically appealing in its intricate design details, it is also a stunning display of sustainable building materials, from the high-efficiency appliances and plumbing fixtures, to the recycled/renewable finishes and the low-VOC elements,” said Olsson. “It’s truly a harmonious blend of beauty and function.”

These materials include reclaimed French terra cotta pavers, recycled glass, recycled stone aggregate and brick veneer trim. Many products were acquired through Syzygy Tileworks in Silver City, New Mexico, who are committed to environmental responsibility.

“There are differences between custom homes built for those individuals that have to have the features and amenities they want (without a compromise) than homes built for a sole purpose to resell. This premier green home was built to last, and efficiency and ultra-precision mattered,” said Frank Aazami, principal of the Private Client Group at Russ Lyons|Sotheby’s, Scottsdale.


For more on acquiring this home, see LEEDcertifiedresidence.com. For more on its energy efficiency, visit energyefficienthome.info. Contact Frank Aazami, a long-time supporter of energy-efficient homes, at 480-266-0240, faazami@gmail.com, and frankaazami.com.

David Brown is a Valley-based freelancer at azwriter.com.

Author photo by Rick Carter. Solar array and snow melt photos by Jay Fagelman.

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