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Gen7 Green School Co-Founder Builds First Prefab Winery and Central Valley’s First LEED Gold Home

LODI, Calif. Feb. 2, 2011 Tony Sarich Manteca

"We learned a tremendous amount about sustainable design when developing Gen7," Sarich said. "Our goal was to create a healthy, energy-efficient learning environment, using the cleanest materials and the latest technology to provide a complete green solution. I want to apply what we’ve learned to my own home, creating an eco-friendly winery and living space that can be an inspiration to others."

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The winery will be state-of-the-art, blending energy-efficient mechanical and electrical systems with the cutting-edge green technology perfected in Gen7 schools. Roof-mounted solar panels provide enough energy to power the winery, as well as the natural well and future house. To keep the space cool, a super-tight building envelope uses 100% recycled blue jean insulation with an R-value of 50 on the roof and walls. Innovative smart lighting features LED lights throughout, coupled with natural daylight harvesting to reduce energy usage by 65%.  

Like the Gen7 classroom, both the winery and adjacent dwelling will be constructed from recycled and recyclable materials. All wood is FSC certified and sourced from responsibly managed forests. The siding is 150-year-old reclaimed oak barn wood. Paints and finishes are low- and no-VOC (volatile organic compounds) to keep the air clean and odor-free.  

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Maggie Hartley
American Modular Systems (AMS)
(415) 716-7553
[email protected]

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