Net Zero Playhouse in Orange County

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One of the entries this year in Project Playhouse, an annual fundraiser by HomeAid, is a net-zero playhouse called the Ocean Adventure Lab.  The structure, designed by LPA Inc. and built by Turner Construction, will be auctioned off in early September.  In the mean time, it's on display at the Irvine Spectrum Center illustrating a number of sustainable elements. 

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Ocean Adventure Lab was built with reclaimed and recycled materials, natural wool insulation, a composite wood structure, energy-efficient lighting and LEDs, recycled content panels and siding by Trex Accents, and Black Label photovoltaics from Suntech.  

Though the playhouse isn't eligible for certification, for using LEED design and construction practices, the local green building chapter will bestow an honorary certification with a bamboo plaque on the project team later this month.

According to estimates provided by LPA, Ocean Adventure Lab probably cost somewhere between $8,000-$10,000 to design and build.  But what's the fun in knowing that … it'll probably sell for two to three times that amount at the charity auction on September 10, 2010.  

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[+] Get more info on Ocean Adventure Lab and Project Playhouse.

Credits: LPA Inc.


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  • mk

    Very cool. I would love to have one of these in my backyard!

  • http://twitter.com/growK12 growK12

    This is incredible!! Way to go LPA & Turner. I can’t wait to go see it.

  • http://www.tangramstudio.com/ Ron Roussell

    Being part of the build team (custom interior cabinetry and signage) was a rewarding experience and one that I would certainly look forward to being part of again. Ron Roussell Tangram Studio

  • Kellie Moore

    Great Photos and fabulous project. A great charity project. I’m sure some lucky child is going to be thrilled!

  • Rmusto

    It is great to see sustainable building practices applied to a play house! What a great learning tool for our kids. Nice work LPA and Turner.

  • http://twitter.com/evanlittle Evan Little

    Looks like some tough judges rolling out of the house with the hard hats on.

  • Matt Kingdon

    Great concept and execution as a place to learn and play. And nice pic with the hard hats…safety first!

  • Phoebe

    Neat! Especially since ocean health & water quality are so important to OC residents!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for the comments everyone; I can say, on behalf of our team that they are so appreciated. Each time I’ve seen the lab, it has been covered in childredn –who knew a green playhouse could be so fun? :)

  • Al

    Wow, this is neat! Love the fun, vibrant colors and whimsical design concealing a great educational play house for kids! Great job, Turner and LPA!

  • Justin

    This whole idea is sort of funny to me… A net-zero play house implies that a play house must use energy in the first place. I can’t remember once throughout my entire childhood seeing a playhouse that required energy. I also used to have to build my own playhouse (or fort) when I was a kid and it was always scrap wood from a local construction site that me and my friends had to go and gather up ourselves. So I guess my playhouses were net-zero and recycled content as well ;) but I guess they weren’t as pretty as this one since they were only built by the kids that played in them.

  • Charcel

    A very lucky child win this house! Our children are the future, this house will teach it’s owner about the value in recycling and doing their part to save mother earth and not to mention the cool truth wall that teaches about construction…..way to go Turner & LPA!

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