The ABC Green Home premiered at the Orange County Great Park today. I got to go in with the press for a sneak peak at it before it’s open to the public.
Produced by Green Homebuilder magazine in partnership with Southern California Edison, The “ABC” in this home stands for Affordable, Buildable and Certified. This Green Home, which will receive six green certificates by four different agencies, is the first of its kind to be built by SCE, or any utility company. It is being used to educate and train builders, students, industry groups and thousands of visitors to the Great Park.
Designed by architect Manny Gonzalez and his team from the Los Angeles-based KTGY Group Inc., the ABC Green Home can be easily built by a home builder as a stand-alone custom or within a subdivision of single-family homes on any lot in the country. The affordable home has an all-inclusive price of just $300,000.
And, it’s also really pretty inside…
The ABC Green Home demonstrates how to use design, planning, engineering and science to create the ideal green home. It’s open floor plan, great design and full wheelchair accessibility make this 1700-square-foot home suitable for a wide-range of buyers.
California is seeking to make Net-Zero energy use mandatory for new construction by 2020. Net-Zero essentially means that the house generates as much or more of the energy it needs. This model home shows builders they don’t have to wait, they can achieve Net-Zero now.
Nothing used in the construction is hard to find – everything can be sourced at local builders’ supply yards. From drought-tolerant landscaping and a drip irrigation system; to solar panels; to a state-of-the-art home-energy monitoring system, this home is equipped with everything a family needs for a true Net-Zero living.
This home will be available for public viewing at the Great Park for one year, until the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013, to take place October 3-13, 2013 at the Great Park – where this Green Home will be a key display. After that time, it will be donated to Habitat for Humanity and given to a wounded service person.
Don’t miss your opportunity to see, touch and feel what a net-zero, sustainable home looks like. Come check it out at the Great Park soon!
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