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Great Park moves ahead on Zero Net Energy Home project

The home is a proposal of Southern California Edison

By Elaine MurphyPublished: October 27, 2011 01:40 PM

The Orange County Great Park Board plans to negotiate a lease with Southern California Edison to construct and display a zero net energy home at the Great Park in Irvine. Following successful lease negotiation, the home, which was proposed by the utility company and named the ABC Green Home, will begin construction before the end of the year and will go on display in early 2012.

The 1,695-square-foot home would allow a family of four to utilize renewable and efficient energy features and consume zero net energy. It would be showcased for educational purposes, teaching the public about the benefits of renewable energy and conservational lifestyle habits. Visitors would be able to look inside the house’s walls and see how the home is designed and retrofitted for efficient energy use.

The one-story Craftsman-style home, designed by Irvine-based architecture firm KTGY and Green Homebuilder magazine, would have three bedrooms and two bathrooms. After being displayed for approximately 18 months, the home would then be donated to a local charity, so that it could continue serving the community.

“Given the importance of creating sustainable communities, we are excited to work with Southern California Edison to showcase the ABC Green Home for home buyers, builders and the general public to learn about the latest advances in green building,” said Beth Krom, Chair of the Orange County Great Park Corporation. “The project will also serve as a training ground to teach students about the latest green building products, architecture and design in the homebuilding and remodeling industries.”

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