Posted: 07 Nov 2012 04:00 AM PST
A home that is affordable to entry-level homebuyers, buildable with off-the-shelf materials, and certifiable as green. These are the features of a home that is currently on display in the Orange County Great Park. This display home is a partnership involving Southern California Edison, numerous southern California businesses, and some local schools. The purpose of this home is to show that a green home does not need to be for the high-end buyer only. The name of this display home, which will later be moved and given away to a low-income household or vet, is the ABC Green Home.
A—Affordable to entry-level homebuyers
B—Buildable using off-the-shelf materials
C—Certified as a “green-home” by obtaining six certificates (including LEED Platinum) from four agencies
You can tour this net-zero, one-bedroom, three -bath, Craftsman-style home on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It is located on Marine Way near the Great Park balloon.
What do you think? Is this something that you would be interested in? And if the cost was slightly higher than a comparable home without the green features, would you consider it worthwhile due to the long-term utility cost savings. And what about the intangible benefits such as the reduced use of resources and a reduced contribution to pollution? Would that be a consideration for you?
Note: This ABC Green Home will be part of the Department of Energy’s upcoming Solar Decathlon at the Orange County Great Park.
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