It sits on a flat stretch of green, surrounded by the rolling hills and pretty palm trees of Southern California. It’s an amazing little oasis, a quiet getaway. And it’s the first building in California to receive Zero Carbon Certification from the International Living Future Institute. It’s only the fourth building in the entire world to reach this status. This home is called Zero One by MariSol Malibu and it’s the first of its kind.

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A stretch of a home behind a river in front of it

This lovely home is in Malibu and it’s not just zero carbon, it’s a carbon sink because of the sustainable materials used on the site. The standards set by the International Living Future Institute are considered to be the hardest to meet. This is the toughest third-party, zero-carbon certification to receive.

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An open wall connecting to an outdoor seating area to the bedroom

“The current net zero revolution calls for more active participants in the real estate industry,” said Scott Morris, a zero carbon developer on the project team. “If you are a property developer or construction company executive, it’s not acceptable to just be a spectator anymore. As one of only four buildings in the world to achieve ILFI’s Zero Carbon Certification, Zero One serves as a blueprint for responsible homebuilding, illustrating that sustainability and luxury can effectively coexist.”

An expansive living room with panels of exposed ceiling

Zero One was built with sustainably harvested local lumber and USA-sourced FSC lumber. The foundation is a raised timber design, rather than a concrete slab. California or FSC-engineered wood was used in place of structural steel wherever possible. The insulation is recycled blown-in cellulose. Standing-seam aluminum sourced from the U.S. was used for the roof.

A bedroom with an open wall leading to an outdoor seating space

Additionally, the dedicated energy recovery ventilator provides filtered air constantly. The water heat pump draws from the ambient atmosphere to create heat. There are six bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a saltwater pool and an organic fruit orchard with a large vegetable and herb garden. There’s even an apiary, which will provide fresh honey. Zero Two will be completed soon.

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Photography by Tanveer Badal Photography