Could Affordable Eco-Housing be in Your Backyard?

Could Affordable Eco-Housing be in Your Backyard?

Frances Anderton, host and executive producer of KCRW’s DnA, recently published an interview with the BI(h)OME project leaders, Professors Dana Cuff, Kevin Daly, Ursula Heise, and Jon Christensen.

An excerpt of the interview, follows:

DnA: What is the meaning of BIHOME and what is its goal?

Dana: The BIHOME is the culmination of several years of study by the design-research think tank, cityLAB-UCLA, into backyard homes. We want to find ways to improve housing in Los Angeles while at the same time enriching the environment. And it will surely help Mayor Garcetti reach his goal of 100,000 new units of housing.

DnA: Jon, you teach in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. What does this project have to do with climate change, drought and energy?

Jon: The BIHOME is a human-scale answer to the grand challenge of creating a sustainable LA. UCLA and the Institute have committed to a Grand Challenge with reach goals of making LA completely reliant on renewable energy and local water sources, while preserving biodiversity and our quality of life, by 2050. The Backyard BIHOME will be net-zero energy, that is, it will produce as much energy as it consumes, and possibly more than it consumes. It will be low water use, with a composting toilet and a gray water system for irrigating the surrounding landscape. And it will enhance backyard habitat for biodiversity.

To read the entire interview, click here.


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June 17, 2015