Minimize our footprint while maximizing self-sufficiency in style!
what is urban eco?
It’s a term coined to start a conversation around ideas to lessen our impact on the earth, increase sustainability, and live more in harmony with nature. This is an opportunity to really shift “going green” to the mainstream throughout urban areas.
Selecting eco-conscious building materials and utilizing renewable energy sources can be achieved within cities while maintaining a comfortable and convenient lifestyle. Lilypad will be a showcase through open houses and consultations to demonstrate 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.