Casa Aguila will arguably be the most advanced home ever built in San Diego County, looking to achieve many firsts for our region. It will be San Diego's first Certified Passive House, seek the County's first onsite wastewater treatment permit, seek the County's first permit to utilize all collected rainwater for all indoor water use, and strive for eventual grid-disconnection through utilization of battery power, Solar PV, and a 45-foot wind turbine (the blades alone are 17 feet tall!).

The project is located in Ramona, CA and is named for the Golden Eagles which frequently fly over the property.


LEED was created and is administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, a nonprofit environmental organization with more than 14,000 member organizations dedicated to sustainability in building design and construction. The certification system has been in use for more than seven years in commercial construction, and includes more than 3.2 Billion square feet of real estate currently seeking LEED certification.
You can explore case studies on a variety of LEED-certified homes at

How will a LEED home benefit me?
The benefits of a LEED home include economic benefits such as lower energy and water bills; environmental benefits like reduced greenhouse gas emissions; and health benefits such as reduced exposure to mold, mildew and other indoor toxins.

LEED-certified homes may also be eligible for financial benefits such as lower fees for financing and lower insurance rates.

How can I compare a green home to a conventional home?
Think of LEED as a nutrition label for your home that gives you much greater confidence in specific features of your home that will contribute to your quality of life.

LEED-certified green homes include a homeowner’s manual and a LEED “scorecard” that reflects third-party verified information about your home’s energy performance, water savings, materials used in construction, and other features.
Similar, third-party verified information is typically not available for conventionally constructed homes.

What types of homes are LEED certified?
The LEED for Homes certification system is tailored for the construction of market rate and affordable new single family or low-rise multi-family homes (like condos and garden apartments). Existing homes undergoing extensive renovations - down to the last studs on at least one side of each exterior wall - are also eligible to participate in the program
What about remodeling projects?
USGBC and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) have partnered to create the REGREEN Program, which are the first nationwide green residential remodeling guidelines for existing homes.

How can I purchase/build a LEED home?
Tell your realtor or builder that you want a LEED-certified home. Some markets now include whether a home is LEED-certified in MLS listings of homes for sale.
You can also visit to find a homebuilder participating in the LEED for Homes program in your area.

Do LEED-certified homes cost more?
LEED certification can fit into your family’s budget regardless of what it is. LEED certified homes include everything from luxury residences to Habitat for Humanity projects. Buying green and asking for LEED-certification is your choice.

Are there any incentives?
Many local and state governments, utility companies and other entities across the country offer rebates, tax breaks and other incentives for green homes and for remodeling with green technologies.

Where can I find more information on green home building?
Visit for comprehensive information and links to other great online resources.

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