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Want to see what affordable, practical, Net Zero Energy and Zero Carbon living looks like?
by Robert Fortunato on June 9th, 2016 No Comments »

Join us this Saturday at 10am for an exterior tour of the Green Idea House.  For the fourth year in a row will be part of the EPN Green South Bay Tour.
Why the electric utility pays us to run our house and car
Why it cost less to build and operate
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Happy Earth Day 2016!
by Robert Fortunato on April 22nd, 2016 No Comments »

It was great celebrating by speaking at the MGBCE and by judging the Grades of Green Trash Free Lunch Challenge.  The MGBCE was a excellent event and my talk was packed full of interesting and interested people – very fun.
Our Grades of Green Group went to see three finalist schools
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Satisfying Our Speed Addiction
by Robert Fortunato on July 18th, 2015 No Comments »

We satisfied our speed addiction and green voyeurism this week by test driving the 691hp Tesla Model S P85D.  It is the fastest production car, period.  Going from 0 – 60 in 3.1 seconds in that car was the smoothest g-force rush we had ever experienced.
The P85D is beautifully executed,
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Gas versus Electricity
by Robert Fortunato on October 6th, 2014 3 Comments »

Our friends Nick and Holland have courageously ventured forth to retrofit their house into their Net Zero Nest. In the process they are asking great questions. One of them was about a Gas vs Electric cook-top. Our response follows:
The subject of gas vs electricity overall is a big one for
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You Made a Difference!
by Robert Fortunato on March 9th, 2014 No Comments »

Thanks to all of you, an unprecedented 20 people spoke at Friday’s Strategic Planning session, 164 people signed the petition and 10 people wrote letters to council in support of Hermosa Beach being the first city to harvest as much renewable energy as it uses.  Even though we could not
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Six Month EV Review – Shocking!
by Robert Fortunato on November 11th, 2013 14 Comments »

It has been six months and 5000 miles since we purchased our Mitsubishi i-miev all electric vehicle.  The long and short of it is that we love it!  We enjoy driving it more than we expected and the cost of ownership savings will pay for the car in its 100K lifespan.
For the
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Sierra Club Does it Again!
by Robert Fortunato on September 7th, 2013 No Comments »

We are honored to be mentioned in the latest Sierra Club Newsletter.  Eva Cicoria did an excellent job profiling our Green Idea House project in their May newsletter.  We are pleased to be mentioned in their piece about the environmental and economic issues related to a proposed oil drilling project
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Green Idea House Dedication Ceremony Featured in this Week’s Easy Reader
by Robert Fortunato on April 12th, 2013 No Comments »

Many thanks to Chelsea Sektnan for the excellent article in this week’s Easy Reader!

Your Voice is needed before Saturday re Carbon Neutral Opportunity for Hermosa Beach
by Robert Fortunato on February 8th, 2013 No Comments »

Dear Friends of a Carbon Neutral Hermosa Beach,
If you care about:
improving the economy, ecology and health of the residents of Hermosa Beach
implementing the excellent sustainability plan the GTF created, Blue Zones and Livable Cities
Breathing cleaner air and swimming in cleaner water
Getting possible grant monies and donations for the city that
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“Hailed as a New Standard in Green Building” in Walls and Ceilings Magazine
by Robert Fortunato on January 11th, 2013 No Comments »

We got so busy having the Green Idea House on the Sandpipers Holiday Homes Tour that we neglected to post John Wyatt’s excellent article in Walls and Ceilings Magazine.  Although the article is a good read for anyone, it is good to know that the contractor press is getting the
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TeachingGreen Idea House
by Robert Fortunato on June 26th, 2012 No Comments »

Kathleen Jacecko, Founder/Director of TeachingGreen, posted an excellent interview about the Green Idea House at:

Energy Upgrade CA Publishes Case Study on the Green Idea House
by Robert Fortunato on May 19th, 2012 3 Comments »

Many thanks to Nathalie Gonzalez for sponsoring this excellent case study and Lena Ketabgian for doing a great write up.
The case study can be found at the following link: CaseStudy-greenideahouse 2a

Department of Energy Officials like what they see on their GIH Tour
by Robert Fortunato on May 17th, 2012 No Comments »

Yesterday afternoon a team of DOE officials from Washington, D.C.and Coloradodescended on the GIH.  They were eager to learn about all the innovative, affordable and off the shelf technologies we put together that gets the GIH to net zero energy and zero carbon.  They are doing this to find out
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Hermosa Beach (The Green Idea City) is One Step Closer to a Carbon Neutral Future
by Robert Fortunato on May 16th, 2012 No Comments »

Kudos to all those who supported HB in getting a $410K grant to draw up a carbon neutral plan for the city.  Doug Morino from the Easy reader did a great job of covering the story.
As contemplated in an earlier post, a carbon neutral Hermosa Beach is the next logical
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The Green Idea House won Los Angeles County’s Green Leadership Award for 2012!
by Robert Fortunato on April 20th, 2012 No Comments »

This was only possible because all of you came together as a community around the idea that anyone can and should build with energy efficiency and sustainability in mind.  Thank you!
Special thanks go out to the City of Hermosa Beach’s Senior Planner, Pam Townsend who used her own personal time
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“I’ve tested over 500 buildings and this is, by far, the best test score I’ve ever seen!”
by Robert Fortunato on April 18th, 2012 No Comments »

That is a direct quote from Jim Creech, a building science professional at RHA who did the blower door* test-out on the GIH for the Energy Upgrade CA Program.
When we tested the building before we renovated we received a score of 1959 (higher is more leaky).  Normal is about one
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Eaton Corporation
by Robert Fortunato on April 25th, 2010 2 Comments »

Eaton’s established excellence in both the automotive and electrical distribution/control industries have created a perfect platform for all electrical vehicle charging needs. Whether it’s a residential system, a commercial endeavor or a system to support fleet electric vehicles, Eaton has the products and the depth of experience to support, install
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FLOR Inspired Modular Floorcovering
by Robert Fortunato on April 25th, 2010 No Comments »

FLOR’s innovative system of carpet squares comes in an inspiring palette of colors, patterns and textures that can be assembled to create custom rugs, runners or wall-to-wall designs of any shape or size. Designed for real life, FLOR squares let you replace squares, not rooms, and are an environmentally-responsible choice
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Kenyon International
by Robert Fortunato on April 25th, 2010 No Comments »

Kenyon International, is pleased to assist the Green Idea House in achieving carbon neutral, smokeless grilling outdoors that creates tasty food and a healthier environment.  Celebrating over 81 years of service and innovation, Kenyon proudly manufactures in the USA.  Featuring compact 1 and 2-burner specialty ceramic glass cooktops, in traditional
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All-Clad Metalcrafters
by Robert Fortunato on April 24th, 2010 No Comments »

All-Clad‘s Stainless with d5 technology is induction optimized and produces unprecedented evenness of heat for uniform browning and superior performance.  It is ideally suited for the Green Idea House’ induction cook top.
More technical details of the line can also be found here
About All-Clad Metalcrafters
Based in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, All-Clad Metalcrafters
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by Robert Fortunato on April 24th, 2010 No Comments »

Sherwin-Williams is proud to support the Green Idea House with “Emerald” – The Most Environmentally Responsible Interior Coating on the Market
Premium performance in scrubs, washability, stain resistance, block resistance, adhesion, burnish, and hiding.
Zero VOC interior coating- even after colorants are added (Tinted w/Color Cast Ecotoner Zero VOC colorants)
Formulated without silica
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