Photo: This house rocks! Boulder in center of Jamul home absorbs heat by day and gives off warmth by night.
East County News Service
November 6, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)—The San Diego Green Building Council will hold its Green Homes Tour this Sunday, November 9th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour features innovative, sustainably designed homes throughout San Diego County. There is a $5 fee for non-members. Several East County homes are on the tour.
A straw bale home in Jamul has a massive boulder as its centerpiece, absorbing heat by day and releasing warmth at night. The home also features solar power and low-water landscaping.
In Ramona, a home being rebuilt after a wildfire includes the county’s first rainwater/stormwater system used for all indoor water, as well as the county’s first system that reuses all greater and blackwater for irrigation. The home also utilizes passive solar and fire-resistant construction.
A Lemon Grove soap-making studio and home have been retrofitted for a low carbon-footprint lifestyle. It features solar panels, SolaTube ceiling fixtures to admit daylight, a rainwater collection system, energy efficient lighting and appliances. The yard is also certified as wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.
An El Cajon residence made of natural materials including straw bale insulation and natural clay plaster also utilizes a hybrid electric heat pump water heater, grading and drains to divert rainwater to mature trees, and a concrete slab stained and used as finished flooring.
Additional homes are also on the tour across San Diego County.
For more information or to register for the tour, visit the U.S. Green Building Council San Diego’s website at www.usgbc-sd.org/event-1724613 .