The Green X-Ray House

The Green X-Ray House

Jess Watson
Nov 9, 2009

A home remodel in and of itself is a daunting task, but tack on making the home green as well and it can quickly seem too overwhelming to bear. Fortunately, it doesn't have to be. The City of South San Francisco recently renovated a bungalow style three-bedroom home originally built in 1952 to show its residents just how easy it is to make green home improvements...

The City chose this home as a model project since the challenges it had were similar to many other homes in the area. The problems included single-paned windows, old appliances, inefficient light fixtures and a lack of irrigation. The remodel sought to update the bathroom and kitchen, address energy efficiency issues and attend to problems that could lead to significant repair costs if ignored.

Each room of the Green X-Ray House as well as the exterior landscaping feature demonstrations of built components chosen with energy, environment, and resource conservation in mind. With the help of the Greenv Sustainable Center and its green building vendors, over 30 types of special green products and systems were donated to the project, including:

• Solar panels to offset electrical usage
• Irrigation and landscaping that is native or drought resistant
• Energy Star-qualified double pane windows
• Tankless water heater for on-demand hot water
• Water filtration system to remove the need for bottle water
• Radiant heating that is more efficient than baseboard heating
• Low-VOC and No-VOC paint
• Kitchen cabinets from responsibly harvested FSC lumber
• Energy Star appliances
• Recycled glass and concrete countertops
• Dual flush toilet that regulates water usage
• Salvaged and repurposed furniture

The fact that the home continues to blend into its neighborhood serves to show that green choices can easily be incorporated into conventional homes without the need for a total design overhaul.

Tours of the Green X-Ray House are available through the Greenv Sustainable Center of South San Francisco.

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posted originally from: AT:San Francisco

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