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15 Orange County companies team up to build ‘ABC Green Home’

Southern California Edison seeks to construct self-sustaining home by 2020.

By Karly BarkerPublished: June 20, 2011 03:00 PM

More than 15 Orange County companies are teaming up with eight local high schools to build an environmentally friendly home in the Great Park this fall. Companies – including BIA, KTGY, La Jolla Pacific, Urban Arena, Green Home Builder Magazine and Ripple Creative Group, among others – are working with Southern California Edison Company to demonstrate that the price of a green home is competitive with today’s conventional market.

“One of the goals is to utilize materials and supplies that any builder can buy at a cost that’s not going to break you,” said John Morton, program manager, Southern California Edison. “Construction techniques are a real key. The old ‘that’s the way we’ve always done it’ is not going to be an acceptable answer anymore.”

They are calling their project the “ABC Green Home,” which stands for Affordable, Build-able and Certified. Edison’s goal is to build a “net-home,” which will produce as much energy as it uses, by 2020.

Local high school students interested in construction will build the walls of the home at school. Edison will then finish the construction at one of their building sites and transport it to the Great Park upon completion. The environmentally friendly home will be open to the public for one year before Edison donates it to a low-income family or veteran.

“Edison will utilize the house for students learning construction and design trades. This is actually the first of two houses Edison will build, said Morton. “We see it as a model for the future, plus, a showpiece house to educate students, builders and the public.”

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