On June 9 of last year, the ABC Green Home 2.0 broke ground in Walnut, Calif. The multi-generational two-story home spanning 2,400 square feet is the second home from the ABC Green Home brand. The first ABC Green Home was built and exhibited in the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif., during the 2013 Solar Decathlon. At the end of this summer, the first home will be deconstructed and moved, with the recycled products used to build two houses on a lot in Santa Ana, Calif. Both of these houses, like all houses within the ABC Green Home brand, will be zero net energy and veteran housing specific.
The ABC Green Home 2.0 is a collective action that’s currently being built to demonstrate the best practices in high performance American homebuilding. Those involved include the builder, Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, architect Manny Gonzalez and his team over at KTGY Group Architecture + Planning, 70 manufacturers, all of us here at Peninsula Publishing, and other design team partners. The project’s presenting sponsors are Southern California Edison and the Southern California Gas Company.
The distinctively styled, two-story homes will be located on an infill lot at the southwest corner of West Truslow and South Highland avenues in Fullerton, Calif. The home marks the third project to be built as part of the ABC Green Home series under the leadership of Peninsula Publishing and Green Home Builder magazine’s Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Nick Slevin.
These homes will showcase of some of today’s most modern sustainable homebuilding elements, designed from the ground up to optimize advanced sustainability and energy-efficient components. The four bedroom ABC Green Homes 3.0 project will emphasize universal livability that embraces the positive elements of nature. Capturing and utilizing gentle breezes to cool and constantly freshen the home’s interior is one of its feature.
“When designing a sustainable home, or any structure, nature provides architects with an abundance of elements that can improve the home’s livability, such as enhancing interior air quality while at the same time reducing energy use,” explains John Danielian, AIA, LEED AP, principal of Danielian Associates. “Our design of these very special homes will, among other livable features, optimize the capture and circulation of air to naturally cool the interior and ensure that the air quality is healthy.”
Another green design feature of the ABC Green Homes 3.0 series is in response to today’s campaign to reduce water waste and consumption. It is a simple but creative “rain gutter” that collects and directs rain to a receptacle on the ground that holds the “gray water” until it is necessary to irrigate the drought resistant landscape.
The homes also feature sharply angled roof lines that create dynamic curb appeal as well as shade overhangs to block the sun rays from invading the home’s interior, reducing the solar heat affect. The south-facing roof areas will be the perfect location for the solar panels that will add to the home’s sustainable footprint.
As a true multi-generational home, ABC Green Home 3.0’s first floor includes features that resemble another home: a completely separate one-bedroom “multi-gen suite” of 431 square feet with a comfortable living room, kitchenette, full bath, washer/dryer, and even it’s ownexterior patio and outside entry for ultimate privacy. Lead Danielian designers Louis Bretana and Joe Digrado, AIA, call it a home within a home. The unit can be home to a veteran living with his family or cater to other situations, such as a caretaker living with a disabled veteran.
Both Danielian and Habitat for Humanity have experience building homes for veterans. Danielian, responsible for providing design services for the ABC Green Home 3.0 completely pro bono, is also involved in designing the 300+ unit March Veterans’ Village near the March Air Force Base in Riverside County.
Habitat for Humanity designed and built a neighborhood of 27 for-sale homes in San Juan Capistrano for veterans and their families with an emphasis on housing for wounded veterans. The veteran who will live in ABC Green Home 3.0 will be selected by working closely with representatives of the Armed Forces.