Since Richard Dreyfuss announced his plans to build an uber-green dwelling outside San Diego, we’ve been waiting to hear more from the actor on the eco-tech going into the home. Dreyfuss is hooking up with a sustainable-design architect firm called S.K.I.N. (Sustainable Kinetic Integrated Nature) — so the off-grid home is expected to take advantage of a wide-range of green renewables to go off-grid.
In a new press release, one of the technologies being considered is a series of water wheels — to both create energy from runoff sources and rainwater, and channel them into an underground cistern for irrigating the property. In addition to solar panels and geothermal energy, the Dreyfuss home will also have a low-cost thin layer of reflective foil insulation to keep the property cool in the summer and warm in the winter; and landscaping with synthetic turf and drought-tolerant plants.
“They were so open to exploring options for energy efficiency,” says Dreyfuss, who purchased the 4,800-square-foot energy-hungry home with his wife, Svetlana in 2008. “My goal was to get off the grid as soon as possible. I knew there was a way it could be done but I just wasn’t sure exactly how. Deniece and Chris (from S.K.I.N.N.) are the people who can make this happen.”
For more info, check out the S.K.I.N.N website here.