Carren's Pitch

Life by Design

Santa Monica-based architecture firm, Minarc, designs affordable net-zero homes in South Los Angeles.

Text by: Carren Jao
Edited by: Sam Lubell
Published: August 2013, The Architect's Newspaper

The houses are designed to generate 95 percent of electricity they need on site. Photo by: Art Gray.
Every day, non-profit Restore Neighborhoods Los Angeles (RNLA) deals with down-and-out homes. They purchase foreclosed or abandoned properties, fix them up cost-effectively and put them on the market at a price low- and medium-income household can afford.

Recently, RNLA decided to do something different with three of its 15 current properties. “We wanted to build hyper-efficient, net-zero homes in South Los Angeles,” said John Perfitt, RNLA Executive Director. [read more]


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