The home is located in a diverse neighborhood consisting of older, traditional homes and some new, more contemporary projects. Sustainable elements include energy-efficient appliances, soy-based spray foam insulation and a tankless water heating system that heats water as its used rather than preheating a water tank. In addition, attention was paid to the solar orientation, providing daylight and opportunities for cross ventilation. Combined with the innovative cedar screen that shades the house from the sun, these passive strategies reduce the overall energy needs and ensure low utility bills.