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Zero Energy House For Sale in San Francisco!

by , 10/03/07

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La Casa Verde, a wind-powered home in San Francisco, not only lives up to its name with its urban application of the Skystream Residential Wind Turbine, but it’s on the market and could be your next green abode! Built as part of the Sunset Magazine Idea House Program, La Casa Verde sits on a lovely plot in San Francisco’s sunny Mission District and proves that wind power isn’t just for the suburbs anymore.

The residence, designed by John Lum Architecture, and built by Meridian Builders and Developers, is a zero-energy remodeled residence set in San Francisco. The house has all the usual amenities of a 4800 square feet home, such as a spa and an entertainment area. It will also be filled with sustainable features in an attempt to offset the environmental impact of the home- rainwater tanks and a greywater treatment system, solar water heating and even a public online energy-monitoring system, scheduled to go online soon.

And of course, the Skystream 3.7 wind turbine, which has already been installed and can be seen working at the property. Robin Wilson, the owner of the residence, claims that this is the first residential urban wind turbine in the country. She didn’t mention how cool it looked, but you can see that for yourselves, in this video that Earth2Tech shot. According to Curbed, the property is now for sale, with open-houses throughout the month of October. Check out the video below to see the house in action.

+ La Casa Verde

+ Meridian Builders and Developers

Via Earth2tech Via Curbed

Video Via Earth2Tech

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7 Comments

  1. boucharlat March 2, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    we went to no mor about the house of wind

  2. Sean Kenny November 11, 2007 at 10:27 pm

    We’re installing the same Skystream for a client in Morgan Hill, CA just now. If you have wind this is a much better investment than solar. We have strong marine breezes on every summer afternoon, so our client will switch to a time of use meter and sell power the grid for FIVE times the baseline price. This is precisely because peak time power is Monday to Friday, May to October, noon to six pm – which is when the best wind blows!

    e-mail us if you want to know more – sean@frescoframes.com

  3. Charles Cone October 19, 2007 at 1:49 pm

    There is a Skystream 3.7 residential wind turbine, installed on August 22, 2007, at an urban home in Atlanta, Georgia. It is from Southern Energy Solutions of Marietta, Georgia. This link provides a photo: http://www.soenso.com/WindTurbine.html

  4. Keltie October 11, 2007 at 6:38 pm

    Yeah. I think this sort of thing is a nice gesture but in the end just perpetuates the idea that you don’t have to change your lifestyle and habits in order to make an impact, but that you can just buy your way into being green. If we look at that idea in perspective, I think it’s not really going to solve anything.

  5. Chris October 4, 2007 at 10:03 pm

    It’s a stretch to say a 4800 sqaure foot “home” is green unless you’ve got a dozen people living in it.

  6. Matthias October 4, 2007 at 5:00 pm

    I saw this house recently at a tour. It is certainly eclectic – lots of bathrooms, funky tiles, odd room layouts. I think it is a good example of how green in itself isn’t the only thing that matters, but that architecture is also about good spaces and common sense design. PV cells and wind turbins are but green wash if the architecture doesn’t work.

  7. Michael October 4, 2007 at 2:45 pm

    How much is this “one ugly looking crib” for sale for? I am sure that this house will not be featured on MTV Cribs or be purchased by any critical design conscience consumer…

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