It is almost that time of year again, The GreenBuilt Tour 2006 is set for September 16-17. The tour features 14 sites of varying shades of green. Some sites are almost self contained and built green from the ground up with straw bales or adobe. Other sites are water friendly landscaping and some solar panels. Either way, we need a whole lot more of it in San Diego.
Voice of San Diego has a related article on their site today:
The Greener House – Like many Ocean Beach residents, Charles Roberts loves the sun. But unlike some Obecians, Roberts loves it for more than its mood-lifting, hair-bleaching, skin-darkening effects — his house is powered almost entirely by the photovoltaic cells on the south side of his roof.Roberts, an architect, studied energy-efficient development in his graduate work at the University of Oregon. Not one to preach a message of “green” building without practicing it himself, Roberts has spent the last few years incorporating alternative energies in his grey-and-white cottage on the corner of Sunset Cliffs Boulevard and Long Branch Street. His roof is made out of recycled tennis balls with a latex acrylic component.
Roberts is one of several homeowners in San Diego who’ve reacted to evidence of global warming, escalating energy prices and environmental concerns by applying some micro-strategies close to home. But San Diego resident Chuck Angyal, who was on the founding board of directors for the United States Green Building Council, said the region has a long way to go before it catches up with some other metropolitan areas.