Sustainable Affordable Safety Cottage Pilot Project
A project designed to embody as many Santa Barbara City high level policy goals as possible
in one integrated, optimized design, 12 min walk from SBCC. This is intended as a step towards
open source templates for sustainable, affordable workforce housing in our area.
Summary here and video related to the project below...Contact us for more information.
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This pilot project could benefit Santa Barbara by providing data and replicable templates for:
- Living well with 85% less metered water use—which could help save a fortune on desal expansion, water market purchases, and attendant climate impacts.
- Near 100% stormwater infiltration—which could help save on flood damage and upsizing storm drains, and also increase beneficial groundwater recharge.
- Unsubsidized moderate-income-affordable housing—which could help meet State affordable housing targets and retain local development control.
- Architecture to reduce urban firestorms—which could reduce disruption and rebuilding cost.
- Debris-flow-resistant building—that could enable people to rebuild with more peace of mind.
- Saving the plant growth and infiltration capacity of the soil—The innovative foundation avoids the over-excavation and compaction that is slowly but permanently destroying the soil in the City.
- Living healthier with less driving and parking—which could help save the City from LA-style traffic.
- Improved disaster resiliency—for water, shelter, food, energy, and transportation.
- 90% lower landfill building/ demolition—which could save millions on landfill capacity.
- Attractive, Spanish-style, real adobe construction—in modern, fire-, climate-, and earthquake-safe form.
- Advance implementation of City policies—General Plan, Climate Action Plan, Bicycle Master Plan, etc.
The City’s recent commitments to sustainability are outstanding policy achievements. Work remains to be done on implementation; to make the most sustainable projects easier to permit, for example.
The designs, land, and funding for phase one of this project are in hand. If you are a regulator, we hope you will be inspired to partner with us to actualize its full potential to benefit the City, and build Santa Barbara’s environmental leadership. This community benefit project could be one of the top demonstrations of integrated solutions for climate, water, fire, transportation and affordability in North America.
Details in full proposal (available on request) video and more info below.
The Orella Adobe stands strong in debris up to its roof as a wooden house floats by. The high water was 2-3' higher than in the video. The adobe had driftwood on the roof and feet of mud inside and out afterwards, but did not dissolve and is still standing. This is the January 20, 2017 debris flow near El Capitan on the Gaviota Coast.
Based measurements on the site and at the already built project in this video, we estimate that the site could infiltrate 1" of rain in ten minutes. This is so much higher than the usual performance target that it may be hard to believe. Here's evidence on video (short version below, full version here).
Stormwater infiltration demo and discussion with local decision makers, regulators, and researchers (video)
The demonstration was attended by 30 professionals including our state congressional delegation, the heads of several local water-related agencies, local non-profits, educators and students (short version below, full version here).
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