Energy, Innovation

A Really Green House

01.19.08 | Comment?

Earlier this year, a company called Lorax Development (Yes, inspired by the Dr. Seuss tale of the same name) opened a home to the public they developed in the Mission District (San Francisco) called the Clipper House. This is a traditional Victorian row house in the neighborhood that has been remodeled, not a new home from the ground up. What makes this house different? It was the culmination of 5 years of effort by the three founders of Lorax, Mike Kerwin, Joel Micucci and Pat Loughran, to demonstrate that a green and efficient home can still be stylish and livable. Boy did they succeed!

Some of the distinct features of the home include:

  • Rainwater harvest, cleansing, and storage for use in non-potable areas (for everything other than drinking and bathing)
  • Solar PV (photovoltaic) panels to generate electricity
  • Solar thermal hot water heater for home radiant heating as well as traditional hot water demands
  • Insulation made from recycled denim
  • Teak hardwood flooring from recycled railroad ties
  • Energy efficient doors and windows
  • Foundation is 40% fly ash cement substitute
  • Strategically located skylights for sunlight harvest
  • Fiber cement siding
  • Low VOC paints

Here’s a peek at the inside of the greenest house in San Francisco:

Clipper House, the greenest house in San Francisco
Photo Credit: Inhabitat

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