Elegance accompanies cottage which gives back more energy than it uses.
PHOTOS BY ROSHANI DHUNGANA
BY PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel
As dictionaries bustled to formalize buzz words spawned by ever diminishing oxygen in the air a home builders industry fluent in phrases of zero emission grew leaps and carbon footprints in the past year.
It held its first national convention in San Francisco one year ago spotlighting green nuts and bolts to to fellow residential builders and kicks off an expanded showcase this morning in Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is slated to give an 8:30 a.m. welcoming address to the 274 vendors this year displaying newest environmentally friendly homeware.
In Civic Center adjoining the West Coast Green Conference, construction and homeware pieces fit together into a 750-square-foot cottage built for elegance and sodden roof while sporting enough solar panels to actually put energy back into the power grid.
Rooftop grass sprouts amid solar panels helping to moderate interior temperature.
“We actually have sized the solar panels on this house to be 130% of the amount of energy that this house would use so we’re actually putting energy back into the grid than what we’re using in the house,” builder Tim Schmidt told the Sentinel.
Designed by Michelle Kaufman, the West Coast Green Show House boasts Redwood siding and rosewood floors.
The green home arrived Sunday morning at 7:00am
Photo by David Toerge
Tim Schmidt and Michelle Kaufman
Photo by David Toerge
Schmidt incorporates green living not only to cottages but to “6,000-square-foot Tahoe mansions, 7,000 Spanish Mediterrean Haciendas, very contemporary styles of houses that go all over the square footages, and standard ranch style houses.”
Tiny LED lights are bunched together for ceiling lighting.
“By having the LED lights up here, that’s a very efficient form of light,” Schmidt explained.
“It only uses 12 watts of light and it produces more than a 23-watt CH lightbulb (100 watt lightbulb).
“If you take a look at this compared to incandescent lighting we’re at one-eight of the amount electricy use just with the LED lights and this house is 100% LED.
Kitchen, bath and bedroom are made of recycled materials and similar energy savings.
Even so, the shower is designed to deliver fully hot water within five cups of first water flow — much more quickly, Schmidt said, than current apartment and home showers. The cottage has no bathrub.
“The cook range is an induction cook range and it’s pretty cool. I can pull utensils off and touch it (safely), and it emulates gas.”
Recycled materials are used extensively in construction.
“The counter tops are made out of 75% fly ash.
Fly ash is an incombustable byproduct created by coal use in electric generating plants, according to latest dictionary update.
Use of fly ash also saves “the huge amount of energy or cO2 emissions that are used to create concrete,” continued Schmidt. Normally, fly ash would go to land fill.
“When you can replace it with fly ash, which would normally go to the landfill, the fly ash reduces 75% of toil of cement that goes in.”
Shower tiles are made of recycled glass.
“This is made from recycled porcelain from old broken up toilets so this is definitely cradle-to-cradle sustainability.”
And floors are heated through “the home automation system,” smiled Schmit.
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Sentinel Videographer and Photographer
Roshani is a photographer and documentary filmmaker, whose work ranges from commercial photography to social commentary.
Sentinel Photography Editor
When David Toerge left a career in photojournalism that had spanned over twelve years and started in a new direction of commercial photography he blended the editorial style with a more corporate look. David led the way in that new style garnering many awards for his work. Communications Arts has honored him over six times. Based in San Francisco, David shoots projects on location all over the US for various corporations and a multitude of magazines and always brings back great images. He has a keen sense of light, color, and composition and delivers to his clients assignments done with passion. He has climbed bridges hundreds of feet in the air, shot in caves hundreds of feet below, dived with sharks and driven the track with Indy drivers. He has shot earthquakes and firestorms but loves walking the streets with his camera just photographing the everyday life of his city.
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
In his youth, Pat Murphy worked as a General Assignment reporter for the Richmond Independent, the Berkeley Daily Gazette, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He served as Managing Editor of the St. Albans (Vermont) Daily Messenger at age 21. Murphy also launched ValPak couponing in San Francisco, as the company’s first San Francisco franchise owner. He walked the bricks, developing ad strategy for a broad range of restaurants and merchants. Pat knows what works and what doesn’t work. His writing skill has been employed by marketing agencies, including Don Solem & Associates. He has covered San Francisco governance for the past ten years. Pat scribes an offbeat view of the human family through Believe It or What.
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