North County home setting example in sustainable building and green living
Last Updated: 102 days ago
ESCONDIDO - A North County home is getting international attention for a number of reasons.
The Farrar home has an incredible view of Lake Hodges Reservoir in Escondido.
"All these doors slide completely open so it blurs the boundaries between inside and outside living," says homeowner Rhonda Farrar.
But those are not the only features that makes the home unique. The house is a Net Zero Energy, Carbon Neutral LEED Platinum Certified home.
"All the power that we need to power the house, the farm and the electric car all come from the solar panels on the roof," says Farrar.
The family home sits on two acres. The Farrars grow unusual and heritage varieties of produce. They also get about eight fresh eggs daily and their garden produces enough vegetables to share with the neighbors. And the home is made mostly of recycled materials inside and out.
The walls are about 12 inches thick and made of concrete form. The wall helps to keep the home insulated and it is fire resistant. The home is termite proof and mold resistant. Inside, you'll find sustainable materials like bamboo and cork flooring.
An Escondido company made the countertops from recycled beer bottles and concrete. Another local company made the staircase.
"So the tree went down in the cedar fire, right over there, and it was made into this beautiful staircase," says Farrar.
Farrar says all the materials in the house can be bought locally to help reduce our carbon footprint.
“You can use non-volatile organic compound paint when you're painting because that puts out less carbon into the atmosphere," says Farrar.
Another unique feature is that the house is heated and cooled using a ground source geothermal heat pump.
"So instead of taking hot air outside today and running it through an air compressor, an air conditioner using electricity to make it 70, we just take the 70 out of the ground all year round," says Farrar
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