Sustainable Features Include;

  • Natural landscape elements, such as trees and boulders native to the location
  • Porous paving materials in the courtyard to reduce run-off pollutants
  • Large overhangs that provide innate window coverings for passive solar efficiency
  • Concrete walls for thermal massing, slowing the effect of outdoor temperature fluctuations
  • Windows that open to take advantage of the cooling effect of natural hillside breezes
  • Construction that incorporates highly renewable resources including bamboo for wall coverings, cabinets, and tables, along with tile and other recycled materials
  • Lighting controls that automatically adjust by sensing the light in the room for efficient energy use and that complement the facility’s ambient lighting


These qualities make The McMahan House a comfortable venue year round, while serving as a model for incorporating sustainable and environmentally friendly features into an elegant and modern setting.