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Home&Real Estate Home Front IMPROVE EFFICIENCY ... GreenPoint rater Suzanne Emerson will lead a workshop to “Improve Your (continued on page 37) Corrections A house on Greer Road photographed for the Palo Verde neighborhood profile (June 10, 2011) is indeed an Eichler. A second story was added in the 1960s, leaving the first floor original construction, according to the owner. To request a correction, contact Editor Jocelyn Dong at 650-223-6514, jdong@ or P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302. Courtesy of Clarum Homes M EN L O PA R K H O M E C U T S EN E R GY U S E B Y 9 0 P E R C EN T Clarum Homes’ energy-efficient home uses 90 percent less energy annually than the norm. by Caitlin Moyles nsulation, airtight window frames, solar power and a heat-recovery ventilation system helped Clarum Homes earn its first certification for building a passive house that the company says cuts energy use by 90 percent. Several hundred guests, including architects and engineers, toured the home, located at 1206 N. Lemon Ave. in Menlo Park, and asked about its environmental and health benefits on June 2, five days before the 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath house went on the market. John Suppes, CEO of Clarum Homes, along with Director of Construction Sean Misskelley and consultant Katy Hollbacher, guided visitors through the 3,300-squarefoot, Mission-style home and answered questions, while S T Y L E I (continued on page 35) Michelle Le MATCHBOX ART ... Kit Davey, interior designer and Palo Alto Weekly columnist, will teach a class on “Matchbox Artâ€? on Wednesday, June 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Greendell P6, 4120 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Participants will learn to make mini-shrines, jewelry, books, dolls, cards and more. Cost is $35 plus $7 materials fee payable to instructor in class. Information: 650-3293752 or Also online at Energy conser vation with SPECTACULAR GARDENS ... UCCE Master Gardeners of San Mateo and San Francisco counties are sponsoring the 2011 Educational Garden Tour on Saturday, June 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., including seven gardens from Burlingame to Redwood City. Master Gardeners will be at each garden, offering advice on irrigating, composting, plant selection, lawn alternatives and growing fruits and vegetables. Low-water plants will be for sale at one garden. Tickets are $30. Information: for maps and directions BACKYARD CHICKENS ... Garden writer Jody Main, who has raised backyard chickens in her organic vegetable and herb gardens for years, will teach a class on “Backyard Chickensâ€? on Saturday, June 18, from 2 to 5 p.m. The class meets at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto, then carpools to Main’s garden and hen house in Woodside. Main will talk about setting up a hen house and yard, nesting boxes, caring for chicks and favorite crops to grow for chickens. Cost is $31 plus a $7 materials fee. Information: 650-493-6072 or www. or http://backyardchickenkeeping. OPEN HOME GUIDE 46 Solar panels on the roof cut back on power needed to heat water, and a re-circulating hot water system reduces time spent waiting for water to heat, including in the master bathroom. Juliana Lee & Jeff Keller The Experts in Your Local & Global Real Estate Market Call them today 650-857-1000 • *>Â?ÂœĂŠÂ?ĂŒÂœĂŠ7iiÂŽÂ?ÞÊUĂŠĂ•Â˜i棂]ÊÓ䣣ÊU Page 33

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