Re: Electric smooth top stove in common house?
From: Mike Mariano (
Date: Wed, 12 Oct 2016 10:14:33 -0700 (PDT)
Our community is doing meals 3 nights/week, serving around 25, with a 36" wide 
smooth electric cooktop that's been working just fine:

In our own homes, a number of us used our appliance allowance as a credit 
toward purchasing 30" electric induction cooktops, which I would highly was out of the price range for the Common House at the time, 

Definitely do NOT go with gas for a new building: carbon monoxide is generated 
from burning any gas, and it's incredibly bad for indoor air quality. Induction 
is far more energy efficient and doesn't negatively affect air quality. 
Induction heats very quickly, doesn't bake spills and such onto the ceramic 
cooktop surface (because it's the pan the heats up and not the cooktop), and we 
saw it used with success at some cohousing communities visited in the UK last 


michael mariano aia | schemata workshop
architect & principal

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