One family's project to affordably retrofit their abode into a net zero energy, zero carbon case study is already exceeding their expectations, said Robert and Monica Fortunato, who live in the Hermosa Beach home with their son.
Known as the Green Idea House, Fortunato and others celebrated its accomplishments with a public event Saturday that included tours of the property.
With its aim to be environmentally friendly, the building has reduced its energy load by more than 75 percent, harvesting more renewable energy than it uses and using the extra energy to help reduce the carbon footprint even more by charging electric vehicles. During building, the project kept more than 97% of construction waste out of landfills.
Already the winner of the 2012 Green Leadership Award for Los Angeles County, 2012 Environmental Leadership SEED Award and Build It Green’s, Green Point Rated Builder of the Year Award in the Custom Builder Category, the building is now the cornerstone case study for Southern California Edison’s Net Zero Energy Initiative which makes possible the CPUC’s guideline that all new residential buildings be net zero energy by 2020. It is also a case study for Energy Upgrade California, Build it Green’s Green Point Rating.
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