Residence a model of energy efficiency

Source: Pasadena Star News

By Dan Abendschein, Staff Writer

Article Launched: 04/22/2008 10:13:32 PM PDT

Southern facing windows, solar panels and a tower for ventilation are among the features that make former Arcadia Planning Commissioner Ed Huang’s house energy efficient.

Huang, an architect who works as a senior planner at the community redevelopment agency for the city of Los Angeles, set out nine years ago to build the greenest home possible.

“As a kid I lived in a warehouse with a bamboo roof,” said Huang, who grew up in Taiwan. “We would go to the junkyard to get materials to patch up the leaks … it made me want to find materials to build a house efficiently.”

Huang and his wife, Caroline, who conducts workshops on how to eat and shop green, list their home as a demonstration house on how to live green, and give frequent tours.

With all of its features, Huang’s home ranks among the most green that Charisse Dunn, another Build it Green consultant, has ever seen.