Beach and Bay Press, 2003
For over seven decades what has come to be known as the Gingerbread House towered majestically over Malden Street, just down the road from the Soledad Club in Pacific Beach.
Bounties of nuts and fruit poured forth from the large
gardens on the land and birds found a welcoming home there.
The gardens became shrouded in weeds and fruitless orange
trees bent downward as the house withdrew from the neighborhood like a
The artful enterprise of Michael Turk, owner of KD
Development in Pacific Beach will be employed to construct these homes
using photovoltaic energy cells, energy-efficient construction and
hydronic heating systems.
The material in the cell absorbs light particles (photons) and when the photons are absorbed, they start a process of freeing electrons in the material of the solar cell.
Both sides of the solar cell have wires and a current
starts to flow when the photons are absorbed. This current is used to
power electrical devices in a home (or elsewhere) and any excess
electricity is fed back into the surrounding power grid.
Becquerel discovered the photovoltaic effect while
experimenting with an electrolytic cell made up of two metal electrodes
placed in an electricity-conducting solution. He discovered power from the
electrodes increased when the solution was exposed to light.
According to Turk, the super efficient forced-air systems
consistently beat the new tough energy standards by 30 percent and
sometimes are able to reach 50 percent.
The use of energy from traditional fossil fuel-power generating facilities is responsible for numerous air pollutants with impacts to the global climate.
By decreasing the demand for energy from these sources and increasing the use of clean, renewable resources, the City of San Diego sets itself apart as a national leader for a sustainable future.
The City is conserving electricity at unprecedented rates,
generating electricity, and having assured reliable energy sources for
vital City functions."
"Mike Zucchet has been the greatest guy. He’s really smart
and understands the issues because he used to work for the Department of
Energy," Turk said.
"Mike Turk should be commended for his environmentally
responsible building. I seldom encounter a developer who cares as much as
Mike does in creating a project that is both environmentally sound and
cost efficient," he said when asked about the builder.
"If I can build a home with the same square footage that
uses half or less than half the normal energy required, I call that the
‘low-hanging-fruit philosophy.’ You always want to take the lowest hanging
fruit from the tree."