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San Francisco hosts West Coast Green building conference

KaufmanhouseWith the slogan "Build Smart, Live Well," the West Coast Green building conference is being held right now in San Francisco. The city is crawling with green-minded architects, engineers, contractors and others.

This show introduces the mkLotus modular home (pictured here), designed by Michelle Kaufmann (architect of the Sunset Breezehouse) and built by XtremeHomes. The factory-built house features a living roof, LED lighting and these other innovative green building materials:

- 100% solar-generated power
- Rain and groundwater catchment system, with collected water used for irrigation
- Gray-water system, where collected water from sinks and shower is recirculated to toilets
- Exterior siding: low-maintenance, long-lasting integral-color cement board by Cembonit and FSC-certified wood
- Sheathing, floor and ceiling framing of FSC-certified wood
- Wall assembly of SIPS (Structural Insulated Panels)
- High-performance, energy-efficient spray-in open-cell foam insulation by Icynene
- On-demand water heater by Noritz
- Energy-efficient HVAC system
- Double-pane, low-E, wood windows and glass doors with aluminum cladding by Sierra
- Double-pane, low-E, wood with aluminum cladding folding glass door walls by NanaWall

Interiors include:
- Sustainable layout for maximum cross ventilation and natural lighting
- Rapidly renewable bamboo flooring
- No-VOC paint by Yolo throughout
- LED lighting throughout
- Interior sliding-door panels by 3form; EcoResin made up of 40% post-industrial reclaimed material

The kitchen and bathroom feature:
- FSC-certified wood cabinetry (over Roseburg Skyblend particleboard)
- Counter tops by Concreteworks (fly ash concrete, rice hull, and recycled-porcelain aggregates)
- Low-flow plumbing fixtures by Kohler
- LED lighting
- Energy Star appliances (kitchen)
- Floor and wall tiles by Terra Green Ceramics (contain 55% recycled glass)

Although this conference is geared to industry professionals, it also includes a Homeowner Day. You can tour the expo floor on Saturday (Sept. 22) and attend these seminars:

• Creating Healthy Homes for Our Children • Engaging Youth in Energy Efficiency and Green Building • Energy Efficient Lighting: Answers to Common Questions • More Green in Green: Why Green Buildings Make Sense Economically for Builders and Investors • Double Duty: Working Landscapes for Urban Settings • Creating Green Spaces That Nourish the Spirit: Feng Shui Principles • How to Remodel Together Without Getting a Divorce • Recipes for a Healthier Kitchen: How to Create Kitchens That Sustain People and the Planet • And many, many more.

Registration for the expo floor only is $35 at the door. To attend the educational seminars, the cost is $85 at the door. Kids are welcome (on Homeowner Day only) and get in free. Homeowners can also attend the full conference, which costs $575 at the door.

1 Comment on San Francisco hosts West Coast Green building conference

  1. THIS IS AMAZING! For years we’ve been building green homes and then sticking the plans for them into vaults for the exclusive use of the rich people who hire architects for them. Modular? Prefabricated? And beautiful? I am in heaven! Sign me up!

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