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Edison and Green Home Builder magazine open up ABC Green Home

Friday, October 12, 2012 /


Christine Rombouts





Southern California Edison, Green Home Builder magazine and Orange County Great Park open the first-of-its-kind ABC Green Home



IRVINE, Calif. (Oct. 12, 2012) – The ABC (Affordable, Buildable, Certifiable) Green Home,  the first sustainable home of its kind to be built with readily available building materials, opens for public tours today. The home, a collaboration among Green Home Builder magazine, Southern California Edison (SCE) and Irvine’s Great Park, will be used to educate and train builders, students, industry groups, and thousands of visitors. Self-guided tours are available daily except Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4:40 p.m.


This innovative project, which has received six green certificates from four different agencies, is on display at the Great Park, allowing the homeowners and industry professionals to explore the concept of affordable eco-living –– a necessity for tomorrow’s housing, and part of an effort to meet California’s mandates to build “net-zero” homes –– homes that produce as much energy as they use. In early 2014, the ABC Green Home partners will donate the house to a combat-wounded veteran via Habitat for Humanity.


The ABC Green Home demonstrates that a solar-powered, sustainable home can be built using available materials, technology and appliances at a cost that is competitive with conventional housing.


“There’s a misconception in the housing business that green homebuilding is daunting,” said Nick Slevin, publisher of Green Home Builder magazine and a project organizer. “We built this home out of materials you can get anywhere. It is designed to be easily built by a homebuilder on a lot anywhere in the country, using modern sustainable products and practices. In fact, students from seven local high schools helped with construction.”


Organizers said the home is a model for the future when it comes to sustainable products and practices. “There are few if any, affordable, entry-level, certified green homes being built by production homebuilders for sale in America so the home is expected to serve as a laboratory for design and construction of future sustainable housing,” said Slevin.


With contemporary styling and curb appeal, the ABC Green Home showcases sustainable products and a fresh 1,695-square-foot, one-story floor plan. Everything within the home is eco-friendly, including the low-VOC paints, the windows, doors, faucets, bathroom fixtures, appliances, solar roof and landscaping.


Other components include:

  • The garage’s rear door opens onto a covered rear patio rather than directly into the house to keep auto exhaust from getting indoors.
  • The heat exchange pump uses electricity to both heat and cool the house, as well as the water.
  • Low-voltage computing allows the home to draw the blinds, open the doors, and dim the lights remotely.
  • Solar panels have been placed on the rear roof to improve the home’s appearance.
  • Studs – the upright pieces of lumber in walls – have been built 2-feet apart instead of the traditional 16 inches and are made from 2-by-6-inch boards instead of the traditional 2-by-4’s. This reduces lumber use and creates bigger spaces in walls for insulation.
  • Carpets are made from recycled materials.
  • Landscaping reduces water consumption, using paving stones that recycle water for irrigation.
  • Non-toxic, zero emissions paint and wallpaper are used to improve the indoor air quality.


The home also features universal design principles, making it suitable for ownership for a wide cross section of the American home-buying public. It is handicapped-accessible with wider doors and halls, lower work spaces, and can be adapted for wheelchairs in showers and under sinks.


“Southern California Edison is proud to be a partner in the ABC Green Home. It’s our hope that this visionary project inspires homeowners, builders and renters to think about all the possibilities that are open to them. Every energy-efficient feature, no matter how small, makes a positive impact on their own electric bills and the environment that we all share,” said Gene Rodrigues, SCE’s director of Customer Energy Efficiency and Solar.


The ABC Home project features a flexible design by noted architect Manny Gonzalez and his team from the Los Angeles office of KTGY Group, who said that momentum has already been growing in recent years toward more housing such as this. “Being able to demonstrate that you can build a home that uses Net-Zero energy is important, but being able to do it affordably makes the message even more compelling for the home building industry,” he said.


The home also provides a t preview of the innovative spirit and technology that will be on display at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013, to be held Oct. 3-13, 2013, at the Great Park. This will be the first time this world famous solar energy competition will be held outside of Washington D.C., with the ABC Green Home as a central display. It’s a rare chance for the public to see these cutting edge sustainability principles at work.


“With the opening of the ABC Green Home, visitors can experience and learn about the latest in energy efficiency at the Great Park,” said Beth Krom, chair, Orange County Great Park Corporation.  “This net-zero energy ‘House of the Future’ exemplifies the Great Park’s mission to promote sustainability and education.”


For more information, please visit the website at



About Southern California Edison An Edison International (NYSE:EIX) company, Southern California Edison is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, serving a population of nearly 14 million via 4.9 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern  California.


About Green Home Builder magazine Since 2006, Green Home Builder has published quarterly magazines in print and online by Newport Beach, Calif.-based Peninsula Publishing Inc., publishers of business management magazines for homebuilding professionals since 1990. For more information, visit


About the Great Park Hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over Southern California enjoy the Orange County Great Park’s array of recreational and educational opportunities, including panoramic views from the iconic Great Park Balloon that rises 400 feet in the air. In addition to free sports clinics, gardening workshops, weekly Farmers Market and other community events, the Great Park hosts an annual series of special events that provide unique experiences for the entire family, including: Growing the Park; Anniversary Celebration; Great Park Pumpkin Harvest; Great Night! Family New Year’s Eve; and the Flights & Sounds Summer Festival. With its approximate 1,300-acre master plan, the Great Park is the centerpiece of the redevelopment of the 4,700-acre former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro. For more information, please visit



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