by Michael dEstries
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Chris Paine is a busy guy. Not only is he currently in the midst of filming a sequel to his successful documentary Who Killed The Electric Car?, but he’s also about to open to the public his “green demonstration home” in Southern California. Called The Marraskesh House, Chris and his team transformed a hillside mid-century modern home into a 21st century green showcase for more sustainable living.

“Bringing people together has always been important to me, especially living in Los Angeles where everything is so spread out,” says Paine. “I wanted Marrakesh House to provide a relaxed artistic atmosphere that reflects my interests in different cultures and demonstrates eco-friendlier living to anyone who visits. I hope Marrakesh House proves that greener living can be artistic and fun.”

Inspired by Moroccan design, the the 4,300 square-foot house was re-vamped from the top to bottom with the 3Rs in mind. Reclaimed wood, solar thermal for hot water, an 11kWh array on the roof (providing 60% of the home’s energy needs), low-flow toilets, organic seasonal gardens, and three electrical-charging stations in the garage are just some of the green features. The home is also intended to educate — and with that in mind features AV facilities explaining all of the tech and a unique kiosk that allows party-goers to see how the solar array is impacting the home’s energy use.

The grand opening will happen on June 6th — and benefit a number of charities including NextAid, Green Wave, Plug-In America, Rainforest Action Network, the Impro Theatre, and the Wildlife Learning Center.

To check out more on the home — visit their highly detailed website here.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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