By Miriam Raftery
Photos: Simple Construct
Hear our interview on KNSJ radio with homeowners Brian and Susan Fallgren, Simple Construct builder Rebeca Tasker, and SDG&E communications manager Helen Gao.
View video on the home’s construction and view tour of the finished residence.
July 14, 2018 (Campo) – Inspired by historical California adobe homes, Brian and Susan Fallgren in Campo teamed up with Simple Construct to create a straw bale and adobe home that is beautiful, comfortable even in extreme heat, fire resistant and energy efficient—producing more power than it uses.
The home has also won numerous honors. It’s the first residence in Southern California to receive net zero certification through the Living Building Challenge, one of only 27 homes in the world to win this recognition. A participant in the California Advanced Homes Program, it was also a winner in the San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) 13th annual Energy Showcase Awards and will be featured on the San Diego Green Building Council’s Green Homes Tour on Sunday, October 21.
“It’s an incredibly functional, comfortable home to live in, not only from an environmental standpoint, but from an every day livability standpoint,” Susan Fallgren says.