I walk my dog, JJ, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday along the Boulder Creek path up to Vic’s on Broadway. It’s really a pleasant walk at 6:30: cool, not too busy and lots of flowers still showing their best. One morning, there was a deer in the spillway that runs along the path and to avoid splitting the air with JJ’s shrieks I hopped up onto the street that runs through a trailer park. I have no idea what the name of this park is but it spills out onto Folsom.
Anyway, I noticed one of the trailers was in the process of being renovated. You don’t see that very often so I decided to take a closer look. Turns out this remodel is part of an effort called TrailerWrap, which renovates trailers to be more energy efficient and provide more livable space. It’s pretty obvious that most trailers seem like they would be cold in the winter and hot in the summer. The one in the picture, once it had been shaved back to just it’s chassis, was found to have very little insulation.
The program is support by CU, but there is not that much info on their Web site and to be honest they don’t seem very far along on this remodel if they started in January. According to the site, the remodel is part of a kit that should be easy to assemble. hmmmm…..I wonder.
I really like this idea of updating or upgrading existing buildings to be more energy efficient, particularly since according to various reports 40-50% of carbon emissions come from buildings. Of course, I don’t remember which building or where they are located. I am going to keep an eye on this building as it’ll be interesting to see how long it takes them to finish and what it looks like at the end. Even unfinished, I think the trailer looks pretty cool.