ABC Green Home
Peninsula Publishing &
Southern California Edison
Net-Zero Single Family Home
• Plan – 1,695 SF
• “Walls of the Future”- 2”x6” lumber set 24” apart instead of 2”x4” spaced 16” apart. Wider lumber allows for wall studs to be further apart, reducing the amount of wood used by 40%. The walls are also multi-layered with 2” ridge “ThermalStar” foam and “BlueSkin” water barriers on the outside and spray-on foam on the inside.
• Holes in walls made for vent, water and sewer pipes are sealed to prevent energy loss
• Radiant-Barrier Roof
• Solar Panels
• Heat Pump – more energy efficient than a typical gas furnace
• Gray Water – a tank is installed in the bathrooms to capture water from the s ink and reuse to flush toilets
• On-Demand Recirculation Pump
• Programmable System that reduces power when energy demands are high on the grid.
• Microwave beneath counter tops to make wheelchair accesible
Designed as an Affordable, Buildable and Certifiable (ABC) Green Home, this Craftsman-style, 1,695-square-foot, 3-bedroom, 3-bath home is a Net-Zero energy-consumption model home, which provides a blueprint for builders on how to mass produce environmentally-friendly houses that generate as much energy as they consume. Built by Southern California Edison and Green Home Builder magazine, this cutting-edge, high-tech home is equipped with the latest energy and water efficiencies and onsite/offsite monitoring systems and includes solar panels, a cool roof, and a system that recycles the water supply within the house. It was built with less wood and more insulation to allow it to regulate and maintain a comfortable ambient temperature. It was also designed using universal design principles including lower counter tops and wider hallways for wheel chair access and user-friendly features for all life-stages.
Photography © Christopher Mayer
Wall Graphic © Peninsula Publishing