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Ultimate DIY Green Hack with Chris and Wen

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Izumi Tanaka

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Chris Stratton and Wen Lee moved into Wen’s childhood home, which was built in 1963.  Wen has a background in environmental studies and education, and Chris in building science and architecture.  They decided to convert this very typical suburban house into a Net-Zero sustainable house via DIY, which took almost 4 years in total.


This was a house in a suburb of Pasadena with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, which looks a like typical suburban ranch style house from the outside.  It was a pretty like standard house for this era and it was in fine condition but it wasn’t very energy efficient. There was very little insulation and the air conditioner and furnace were oversized.

Their goals were for Chris to learn about the process of home renovation; to reduce the home's carbon footprint (hopefully to net-zero), make it more efficient, pleasant/interesting, and comfortable; and finally to achieve financial viability in terms of value and also reduced living costs.

See their blog:  frugal happy

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