The first GreenPoint Showcase Tour, a partnership of Build It Green and KTVU Channel 2, was on today. Bryan bought a ticket for $10 and spent several hours touring 6 of the 19 homes in the Bay Area. We were inspired by what he saw today.
Pope Street, Menlo Park
This was the first home that Bryan visited on the tour today. It was inspiring! Of the six houses he toured, this was the closest to what we like. Interestingly, the owners have blogged their construction – it would have been great to find their blog a year ago so we could have followed along.
We were comforted to know that this couple spent a significant amount of time designing their stairs and railing system in order to get it just right. The stairs and railing system are a key feature in their home.
Sterling Avenue, Menlo Park
This house was very well done. The owner was speaking with someone who was asking for a Title 24 consultant. It was too small a world to hear the owner recommending Darrell Kelly, who is our LEED certification advisor. Very small world.
Bryant Street, Palo Alto
The house on Bryant Street had some great features.
El Cerrito Road, Palo Alto
This house is in the final stages of completion. It is a zero carbon home, with a large amount of photo-voltaic panels that will provide sufficient electricity for the house and enough to power two electric vehicles.
Oakhurst Avenue, Los Altos
Bryan spent some time at the last house he visited, on Oakhurst Avenue in Los Altos. Of the 19 houses on the GreenPoint Showcase tour, only two houses utilized SIPs as a building material – this was one of the two homes.
The owners were extremely helpful answering questions and explaining how they developed the design with their architect. In this house, none of the showers had curbs so they are ADA compliant. A very nice look.
The people on the tour were extremely interested in the SIP construction. The SIPs for this project came from Premier.