I was wowwed!  LEED Certified Platinum construction meticulously designed by Handel Architects.  The development is called NOVE and it contains nine homes, each with outdoor space, direct connect parking (not a common garage), bright white modern finishes, private outdoor spaces and views and lots of bright sunlight.

My favorite features were the shiny orange epoxy garage floors and the completely real looking artificial grass in the “backyards.”  That and the fact the solar panels are cleverly integrated into the curved roof design to catch more of that south sun.

These 3 and 4 bedroom homes are all designed on two levels and are well located on Guerrero between 21st and 22nd (where the Palm Broker used to be).  Just the right place for a low-carbon footprint pedestrian lifestyle.  Bargain priced at between 1.1MM and 1.6MM, but they seem to be going fast.  the two top corner townhomes are already sold.

Please let me know if you want to take a look!


Going Green is Easy

January 21, 2010

…But it has taken a long time!  Remember back in 2008 when I posted that Stefan and I had signed up for a solar lease program with Solar City?  Well, I know I barely can think that far back, but the installers showed up bright and early Monday morning and the panels are going in today!  They installed a power converter box in the garage, reinforcements to our attic framing and then commenced installing the grid on the roof.  We will save a tiny bit of money each month over the cost of the lease, but the real incentive to participate is simply that we will be doing something to reduce carbon emissions using a part of our house we never even see – the roof!

The experience with Solar City has been slow, but not painful.  They have taken care of the plans and the permits.  Also, during the waiting period, the size of our system has increased from a 2.0 kilowatt system to a 2.7 kilowatt system for the same price, so we and the environment have benefitted from the delay.

The next steps are the city inspection, PGE inspection and turning the system on!

For more information on installing solar panels on your house, I recommend contact Jeanine at Luminalt at (415) 564-7652  (Luminalt is a local company located in the Sunset District using solar panels manufactured by the employer of Client In The Know Tanya Baker!); or Jesse Brennan at Solar City  650.963.5140.  It can’t hurt to check it out!

Greening Your Home

September 5, 2008

Did you know it’s not hard? When I think of greening my home, I think I need special equipment, like solar panels or a windmill…but according to this video, you can reduce your home’s energy consumption by 40 to 50% with simple changes like:

1. Testing the envelope of the home
2. Testing the ducts (the average home loses 30% of its heated air to leaks)
3. Adding insulation
4. Lighting: switching to CFL bulbs
5. Updating the furnace

Watch the PG&E Expert explain it here.