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JP Green House

Andrée Zaleska turns abandoned property into solar-powered home

Andrée Zaleska, professional climate activist, teamed up with Ken Ward- climate campaign camper to transform a vacant corner store of Bourne Streets in Jamaica Plain, Boston into a green model home dubbed the JP Green House. With the aim of creating a zero-carbon home they installed solar panels on the roof to generate energy on its own.

The solar-powered home has concrete floors to absorb sunlight and release heat over time, whilst its triple-pane windows are specially glazed for capturing heat. This eco-friendly house is insulated with 60-inches thick exterior walls and roof to maintain a year-round temperature of 63° F. It features three bedrooms, a kitchen and bathroom; all are designed with minimalist interior. Furthermore, it has a private entrance with access to a shared patio and garden.

Now, this fully-insulated 2,000-square feet home is used as a vegetable garden that provides enough excess to share with neighboring families. Due to its self-reliable and energy-efficient design, the JP Green House was awarded the mayor’s Green Residential Award by Mayor Menino in 2011. It is a perfect example for those who are looking forward to turn their homes into energy-efficient home. Check out the images given below to view various areas of the house.

JP Green House

Living area of the house

JP Green House

Elegant seating area with contrasting decor

JP Green House

Fully-equipped kitchen

JP Green House

Bathroom with minimalist design

JP Green House

Garden area for growing fresh vegetables

Credit: Boston

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