In the summer of 2010, a landmark went into construction; the SEED house of Southern California uses earth and wallet friendly building techniques to make it extremely sustainable. SEED stands for SouthBay Energy Efficiency Demonstration, here are some features:
- Light-colored roofing and siding to reflect heat
- Low VOC paint and flooring to increase air quality
- Recycled lumber to reduce virgin material
- LED lighting to reduce energy consumption
- Water efficient kitchen and bathroom fixtures
Another interesting feature of the house is a digital electric meter which shows energy production versus energy usage in the SEED house. A large lighting display will show alternative lighting choices to replace inefficient incandescent and halogen bulbs. In addition, there will be informational station for homeowners to learn about rebates and programs for residential upgrading.
Building professionals and homeowners will not only get educated through classes and workshops but also hands-on projects. All in all, the intention of the SEED house is to "create awareness and action" in the community.
Century Center for Economic Opportunity
5021 Lennox Blvd
Lennox, CA 90304
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
July 21, 2011
I am excited and honored to be visiting the SEED house this Wednesday. I will keep all our readers updated with more information and maybe some pictures.