Zenergy Home – LA’s 1st comprehensive remodel to Net Zero Energy
The grand opening featured noted environmental activists, tours, and refreshments. Actor & Environmentalist Ed Bagley Jr. introduces the project.
Zenergy’s homeowners receives special recognition from Senator Fran Pavely for being pioneers of the Green movement. Residential Energy Assessment Services, Inc. (REAS) CEO Tammy Schwolsky. Senator Pavely, author of bill AB 32 – the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. She points out that our dependency on foreign oil is a matter of national security. We need to be much more efficient and much less dependent.
ZENERGY House will host a number of seminars and tours for architects, builders, designers, government officials, realtors, financial institutions, homeowners and other interested parties through 2010.
The homeowners and designers did a magnificent job with renovation. Honestly, I loved everything about the home but I’m not sure I’m too happy with a pool. We have a water crisis looming over our heads. In my opinion pools are a complete waste of water. I wished they somehow addressed that.
California native landscape and gardens are beautiful and requires a lot less water. They had a sloped front yard which was great for drip irrigation of their natives.
Meet Rachel & Rebecca of Neon Design Collective, the interior designers on this project. They said they didn’t go for LEED but followed its guidelines. They feel that as long as you follow the principles, going through the extra effort to get the rating isn’t necessary and could consume more resources in the project and delay the process. They recommend LEED more for commercial projects.
Natural lighting is the optimized with dual pane glass for energy efficiency. CFL (compact fluorescent light) bulbs, LED are used throughout the house. They cut out 50% of their HVAC equipment.
EcoView by Advanced Telemetry is a good way of monitoring your usage and savings. Makes you feel good to know how many trees you have saved, how many cars you took off the road, how much emissions & cash you are saving.
The item most emphasized in the kitchen were the Energy Star appliances and the no VOC Bradco cabinetry that are formaldehyde free and uses FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) woods & adhesives. The Madison & Grow eco-friendly wallpaper is used instead of a backslash. This won for the Interior Design Magazine Merit award in 2008 for best residential wallcovering.
The tour was lead by friends of the family. Many of these concepts are so easy kids and teens can explain it to you. Here, she points out Naturemill composters makes everything easier.
Chandelier made of re-used materials. Reused is better than recycled, less energy is consumed than in development of the recycled product.
Recycled cardboard armoire by Ecor Global. We cannot just recycle, but we also have to purchase things made of recycled material to continue the demand. Its all part of the system.
The master bedroom has a fireplace that is shared between the room & the bathroom. I really loved the open bathroom space plan with Showercork by Sustainable Flooring covering the entire space.
Recycled glass tiles were used for the bathrooms. Their favorite item to point out are the extra soft bamboo towels from Nandina.
Eco-friendly products have come along way and much more stylish now than a few years ago.
Last but not least, Ron loves his garage (no plans to park his car there). He explain why he didn’t go with the tankless hot water system. He also mentions now the system is so great his teenage daughters take hour long showers. Hmm…without mention of any greywater system, that seems a bit excessive. We cannot be perfect, but Ron & Tammy’s home comes very very close. Great job and thank you for leading LA into a more sustainable future.
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