Utilizing sophisticated building performance technologies, a roof-mounted photo voltaic solar system and state-of-the-art computer energy modeling, Scott O'Hara Construction and Eco Performance Builders have engineered a home that will produce as much energy as it will use. So confident are the builders in their design and installation, they will pay for any power usage fees the buyers may incur for three years. That's right, 3 years!

But this is about much more than a net zero rating; it's about a philosophy. One that holds that our homes should be comfortable, healthy, efficient and durable. 5685 Skyline Boulevard is all of that and much, much more...

With beautifully framed Bay and San Francisco views from nearly every room, this brand new four bedroom, three and a half bath custom contemporary exemplifies drama and elegance. Offering a sophisticated open plan accented by soaring ceilings and walls of glass, the airy great-room design provides an ease of flow within the interior spaces, and between indoors and out.

The main level is defined by a lofty entry, dramatic living room, dining area and spectacular chef's kitchen. The living room boasts ceilings that slope up to 19', a custom inset ribbon fireplace, double sliding doors to the lovely Brazilian walnut deck and spectacular views. The kitchen features custom rift-cut oak cabinets, quartz countertops, induction cooking, stainless appliances, a pantry and a fabulous natural stone island with prep sink. The dining space floats seamlessly between the kitchen and great-room and provides incredible sunset and city lights views and access to the deck. An en suite bedroom on this level is the ideal space for a guest bedroom or home office. Enjoy morning coffee, a glass of wine or a casual meal on the view deck or on the front patio, private and protected from the on shore breezes.

Downstairs is a cozy family room – an intimate contrast to the voluminous upper rooms - the laundry room and three spacious bedrooms, including the master suite. Overlooking the vistas beyond, the master features a walk-in closet, Brazilian walnut deck and an opulent spa bath with soaking tub, exquisite tile work and beautiful views. The two additional bedrooms share a bath with a double width vanity, decorative tile shower and generous tub.

Set above it all in the Oakland Hills - just minutes to freeways, Rockridge, Regional parks, world class biking and S.F. commute - this home is not only stunning to behold, but promises to be incredibly comfortable, supremely healthy and exceptionally efficient.


Geek Sheet

Geek Sheet

5685 Skyline Zero Net Energy Home

High-Performance Design: This home is purpose-built for air quality, comfort, efficiency and durability. Each detail of the heating, cooling,ventilation, insulation and air barrier systems is designed to work perfectly together to create a healthy, comfortable, carefree environment without energy bills.

Zero-Bill Guarantee: We are so confident in the design and build of this home that we are guaranteeing there won’t be an energy bill. If there is an energy bill within the first three years, we will pay it. This all-electric home is designed for health, comfort and efficiency, and we stand behind our work.

Heat Pump Heating and Cooling System: A heat pump is over 300% efficient with all leak free ducting in conditioned space. The system is virtually silent and has high filtration filters.

Ventilation System: A separate-balanced ventilation system brings in fresh, filtered outside air and removes old, stale indoor air at the same time. In addition to the home’s tight build, the system ensures optimum, controlled air quality and moisture management.

Cellulose-Filled WallsThe house was sprayed with cellulose for wall insulation, which is a tried-and-true way of insulating houses with air quality and performance in mind.

Vapor Barrier: The crawlspace is lined with a 15 mil thick plastic vapor barrier to improve indoor air quality, comfort and building efficiency.

Water Sense: A tank heat pump water heater and our plumbing design minimize cold-water waste, energy usage and wait time at hot water fixtures. Our goal is one-to-two-cups of water per fixture before hot water pours out of the faucet. This, along with the low-flow fixtures and the drought-resistant landscaping, makes this house one of the lowest water usage homes around.

No-VOC Paints. All interior paint is no-VOC (volatile organic compounds) to further guarantee better air quality. 

Appliances: All appliances were chosen to match the design of the home: durable, user-friendly and, of course, energy efficient.

Monitoring System: The house is equipped with a full monitoring system of electrical usage, solar production, and heating and cooling equipment performance. 

Durable Construction: We built this home to look and feel elegant, and to last the test of time From high-quality construction and mindful design to efficiency and comfort, this home is as good as it gets.



"...Living in a ZNE house for us means NO COMPROMISES! Actually, it's better than we could have possibly expected..."

"...The simple best word to describe this home is 'comfortable'. The temperature is remarkably steady, no matter what happens outside. We use the heat and air conditioning without a second thought because, after all, it's free..."

"...We've been in our home now for just under three years, and are sitting on a substantial credit from the surplus energy that we sell back to PG&E..."

"...We love living here even more than when we started. Buying this house was the best decision we've made in a very long time..."

"...It's been great working with the O'Hara's. Keith is genuinely passionate about eco-performance and is great about following up, explaining things to us, and answering questions we have about advances in the field. And Scott is a dream to work with: responsive, caring and professional. You don't often get to say that about builders..."

-Steve and Gina (ZNE Home Owners)


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