Minimize our footprint while maximizing self-sufficiency in style!
Selecting eco-conscious building materials and utilizing renewable energy sources can be achieved within cities while maintaining a comfortable and convenient lifestyle. Lilypad hopes to illustrate creative ways to minimize our footprint while maximizing self-sufficiency in style.
LILYPAD'S ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY FEATURES:
Minimal Footprint - 248 square feet is about 10% of the average-sized home in the United States (U.S. Census, 2014)
Soy-based Spray Foam Insulation - Provides a tight, moisture resistant seal with no off-gassing or volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
Rainwater Catchment System - 55 gallon food-grade rain barrel with pump and in-line water filter
Freshwater Storage - 35 gallon food-grade gravity fed water tank at the foot of sleeping loft accessible in the kitchen
Berkey Water Filter - Stainless steel water purification system
Vertical Aeroponic Garden - 20W pump, 80W LED grow lights for easy, fast-growing food year-round, uses only 10% of water involved in traditional gardening
Solar Array - 1450W system, Aims 48 V, 2000W Pure Sine wave Inverter/Charger, Mildnite Solar Kid 30 A MPPT Charge Controller and six Polycrystalline Solar Panels
Composting Toilet - Nature's Head self-contained, waterless, urine diverting toilet with small exhaust fan
Stovetop - Origo 4000 non-pressurized denatured alcohol two-burner cook stove, fuel is a renewable resource
Lighting - All light fixtures and bulbs are LED
Heat - High efficiency, 450W Envi electric heater and stainless steel Dickinson Solid Fuel wall-mounted heater (wood burning), diverse heating sources
Flooring - Bamboo flooring throughout
Greywater system - Perforated planter box and rocks used to dispose of greywater, only biodegradable soaps and cleaners are used
Upcycled/Recycled Materials - About 30% of building materials and appliances were recycled from the Rebuilding Center in Portland, OR and Craigslist. Much of the wood is Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certified from Sustainable Northwest Woods.