Tuesday, May 22, 2012

brinca dada gone green

So, I'm at work and I get picked up for lunch at the door, but I spot a bright canopy in the parking lot as we roll out.  When we get back, we park, so now we have to walk past the canopy to get into the building.  I work for an air pollution agency, so we always have exhibits and demonstrations for anything that's solar, greener, or burns cleaner.  We're late, so there's much pep in our step.  I look over and OMG, I see a dollhouse!  I know this house!  It's the brinca dada!  I inform my friends that it's the brinca dada!....blank stares.  Anyway, I give them hugs and they're off.  I already mentioned that I was late, right?  I go over and ask some solar-related questions before I get to the good stuff (the house).  It's a company called "Energy Upgrade California" that educates homeowners on "Whole House" energy efficiency (I told them I'd say that).  Now, back to the house:  they ordered it online, then had another company "pimp it out" with insulation, ventilation, heating & air, water heater and solar panels.  I tell them I'll be back with a camera to take pictures (of the house, not them).  I go back to my office (late), grab my camera and inform the boss that I'm leaving to take pictures in the parking lot.  He laughs.  Nice boss, nice place to work, and it's all good!

Here are some pics.  The windows are clear, which is a little distracting in this setting.  The house is BEAUTIFUL!  It made my day! They call it "Barbie's House Gone Green" (I guess they're clueless about the scale, huh?), but I was thinking more along the lines of "Pimp My Dollhouse".

Maybe I should have had them sign a release form, oh well, they'll never see this.

Cutaway of wall system and insulation
Overview of solar panels, insulation and heating,
 ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC)

Washer, dryer and hot water heater
Cutaway of roof, insulation and air conditioning unit (AC)

HVAC and insulation

Air conditioning unit on the roof

I had to get some interior pictures, duh!


  1. Serendipity! :D They'd have trouble getting me to go back in to work.
    I'm dying to get my hands on one of those.

  2. Minis-B: Thanks for posting! A friend of ours (Modern MiniCollector) told us about your post. We heard that someone was doing this at shows, but we never knew who it was and we've never seen pictures. Sometimes that happens like in the Nelly "Just a Dream" video where we had no idea they were using an Emerson House...maybe because they burn it up in the end. :) Anyway, thanks for the pictures!


    1. You're welcome, I was quite excited to see it! I'm glad you had a chance to see your baby working hard to educate the masses! I had never seen the Nelly video before, what a complete waste, although, it did you proud before the burning!

  3. How did you stop yourself from putting it in your car???? What a fab find!

    1. I really did a few double takes and there was some serious squinting going on!

  4. Wow, how random and surreal. Thanks for taking such great pics and sharing your marvelous find. Too cool!!!

    1. I know, and it was just another day at the office! I love it when stuff like this happens!