Posts Tagged ‘Case Study’

Your Voice is needed before Saturday re Carbon Neutral Opportunity for Hermosa Beach
by Robert 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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Mustang Morning News Clips Features Hermosa’s Carbon Neutral Commitment, the Green Idea House and more…
by Robert on February 4th, 2013 No Comments »

Mira Costa High School Students Cameron David, Johanna Warshaw and Claire Hunt did a couple of excellent stories on the environment and Hermosa Beach’s commitment to Carbon Neutral.  Those stories ran on the school’s Mustang Morning News and features then Mayor Jeff Duclos, award winning local activist, Dency Nelson and
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“Hermosa Beach Homeowners Redefine Green Living” in this week’s Easy Reader!
by Robert on January 21st, 2013 No Comments »

Writer Katrina Zawojski and Photographer Brad Jacobson did a great job capturing the essence of the Green Idea House in this week’s Easy Reader.  In a beautifully done two page spread on pages 44 and 45, they hit the highlights that got us to net zero energy, zero carbon and
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“Hermosa Beach Homeowners Redefine Green Living” in this week’s Easy Reader!
by Robert on January 21st, 2013 No Comments »

Writer Katrina Zawojski and Photographer Brad Jacobson did a great job capturing the essence of the Green Idea House in this week’s Easy Reader.  In a beautifully done two page spread on pages 44 and 45, they hit the highlights that got us to net zero energy, zero carbon and
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U.C.L.A Environmental Studies Students Visit Green Idea House Today!
by Robert on January 18th, 2013 No Comments »

Pam Townsend, Senior Planner at the City of Hermosa Beach very kindly offered to bring a team of UCLA students and their Professor, Juan Matute, for a tour of the Green Idea House to get ideas for their Senior project.  Their project is to assist the City with their Carbon
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“Hailed as a New Standard in Green Building” in Walls and Ceilings Magazine
by Robert 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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Comparing Architectural Salvage to Donating Used Underwear to Goodwill??
by Robert on December 29th, 2012 No Comments »

The GIH was recently featured in a Wall Street Journal article about architectural salvage.  Reading some of the comments that followed the article prompted us to post the following.  Chime in if you have a comment.
“The Reuse People are doing several things that have real, tangible economic value that benefits
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Wall Street Journal Features Green Idea House Today!
by Robert on December 21st, 2012 1 Comment »

Thanks to Pui-Wing Tam for including our Green Idea House project in her excellent article on Deconstruction.  We would also like to thank Ethan Pines and his assistant Carla, who spent seven hours at our house on Saturday making sure the photos were beautiful – and featured on the front
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Sandpipers Tour a Huge Success for Local Charities
by Robert on December 20th, 2012 2 Comments »

Sandpipers Tour a Huge Success for Local Charities
Stephanie Cusack, Sandpipers’ Director of Fall Events, kindly stopped by the other day to let us know the Holiday Homes Tour – their biggest fundraiser of the year – was very successful.  We were honored to have the GIH help raise money for
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Hermosa Beach (The Green Idea City) could be the First Carbon Neutral City in the U.S.!
by Robert on December 14th, 2012 No Comments »

Last night the City Council was generally very supportive of a Carbon Neutral city in day two of their strategic planning session.  They just need our help in making it the priority it deserves.  We wrote them another letter (below and attached) to help them get there.  Please contact them
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Join us in Advocating for a Carbon Neutral City as the City of Hermosa Beach Engages in a Strategic Planning Session Tonight.
by Robert on December 13th, 2012 No Comments »

After attending the strategic planning session last night, Robert felt compelled to send a note (attached and below) to city council and staff.  If you are available, tell them what you think during the session tonight at 7pm in the civic center.
Dear Mayor Duclos, City Council and Staff,
It was a
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GIH Selected to Win Build It Green Award!
by Robert on November 25th, 2012 No Comments »

We just found out that the Green Idea House was selected to receive the GreenPoint Rated Award for Custom Builder of the year from Build It Green at their annual celebration and fundraiser on December 6th.  Build It Green is a Bay Area nonprofit that works with building and real estate professionals, local and
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L.A. Trade Tech Students Get a Lesson in Green Building and Join Our Planting Party
by Robert on November 16th, 2012 No Comments »

Last weekend, Professor Marcela Oliva sent her students on assignment last weekend to understand how the GIH works.  Not only did they get a lesson in green building, but our excellent landscape designer, Tracy Worth, gave them on overview of the sustainable landscape.
After talking theory, we all went out and
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GIH: First Net Zero Energy, Zero Combustion House in SoCal
by Robert on November 1st, 2012 No Comments »

The Green Idea House is one family’s project to affordably retrofit their house into a net zero energy, zero carbon case study. The building has surpassed all our net zero energy, zero carbon goals, is a joy to be in and won the 2012 Green Leadership Award for Los Angeles County,
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First Impressions – Mitsubishi i-MiEV All Electric Vehicle
by Robert on October 27th, 2012 7 Comments »

Representatives from Mitsubishi found out that Green Idea House is making a lot more energy than we are using.  As a result, they very generously gave us a long term loaner of their new i-MiEV electric vehicle to start to make our carbon neutral lifestyle a reality.
Mitsubishi has a long
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The Green Idea House Wins SEED Award!
by Robert on October 25th, 2012 2 Comments »

While Robert was working in Denmark, Monica and Carter accepted the South Bay Business Environmental Coalition’s SEED Award for Environmental Leadership.  We are honored that the business community would recognize a family project in this way and are touched that so many of the people who supported the Green Idea
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On CNBC and Speaking at the Emerging Technology Summit Today!
by Robert on October 16th, 2012 1 Comment »

Robert was interviewed by CNBC for a green energy/solar story with Jane Wells that is scheduled to be on throughout the day – with airings at 8:45am Pacific Time, again in possibly Power Lunch (10am PT hour), Closing Bell (12 or 1pm PT hours), Kudlow Report (4pm PT hour), and
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U.S.G.B.C. Hydrogen fuel cell applications event on Wednesday
by Robert on October 14th, 2012 No Comments »

Our friends at the U.S. Green Building Council, South Bay Chapter are hosting an interesting event on Wednesday evening on hydrogen fuel cell applications at the Toyota facility in Torrance.  Look forward to seeing you there!
Registration information:  http://www.usgbc-la.org/?load_url=%2Fwidget%2Fevents%3FeventId%3D561742%26EventViewMode%3DEventDetails
See attached flyer: Toyota Hydrogen Fuel Cell Flyer

Does anyone know how to Fact Check this?
by Robert on October 11th, 2012 No Comments »

A reporter recently asked us if this was the first net zero energy, zero carbon building (or home) in Southern California.  Does anyone know how to find the answer?  CNBC is coming to the house to film tomorrow and it would be a nice thing to know.  Thanks!

Save the Date! Sandpipers Selects GIH to be on Holiday Homes Tour
by Robert on October 6th, 2012 No Comments »

The GIH will be on the very prestigious Sandpipers Holiday Homes Tour (see flyer link below). This all volunteer group raises money for local charities and we are honored to be a part of it.  Typically, about 3,000 people go through the homes during the tour weekend and, as a
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How Denmark continues to be the Inspiration for the Perspiration of the Green Idea House
by Robert on September 23rd, 2012 1 Comment »

Just getting back from Denmarkand four full days of lectures at the international innovation and entrepreneurship school KaosPilot.  Long days – but very rewarding to see the light bulbs go on in the students’ eyes.  It is also rewarding to know they will be using the leadership and strategy work
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$143.91 Net Energy Credit on Latest Edison Bill Proves What We Built Work$. Check it out!
by Robert on September 7th, 2012 2 Comments »

With the adoption of the feed in tariff we will be getting a check at the end of the year for the amount of energy we generate beyond what we use. Edisoncurrently owe us $506.72 for the cumulative generation.
Do it because it makes sense (dollars and cents) – and all the
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Green Idea House Presentation at Northrop Grumman HQ in El Segundo Today!
by Robert on August 13th, 2012 No Comments »

As part of their GreenNG initiative, Nothrop Grumman invited Robert for their quarterly guest speaker series.  Very high security only added to the drama…  The hour long presentation was recorded and will be available on the NG intranet for their 40,000+ employees!

$160 Net Energy Credit on Latest Edison Bill Proves What We Built Work$. Check it out!
by Robert on August 11th, 2012 No Comments »

With the adoption of the feed in tariff we will be getting a check at the end of the year for the amount of energy we generate beyond what we use.  It is easy to do and it makes sense (dollars and cents)…

GIH Goes 100 Percent
by Robert on August 1st, 2012 No Comments »

The Green Idea House is now featured on the Go100Percent.org site, the first web portal to comprehensively map, track, and aim to form global community around 100% renewable energy projects from around the world. Go100Percent is a project of the Renewables 100 Policy Institute and, like the Green Idea House,
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Shocking News for Edison Engineers, Architects and Planners Touring the GIH Yesterday – It Works and We Don’t Have to Wait until 2020!
by Robert on July 10th, 2012 No Comments »

A great group from one of our key partners, Southern California Edison, came to tour the house yesterday.  These are the thoughtful people at SCE who are working on getting us all to two key energy efficiency goals:
The PUC guideline that all new construction is net zero energy by 2020
California
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TeachingGreen Idea House
by Robert on June 26th, 2012 No Comments »

Kathleen Jacecko, Founder/Director of TeachingGreen, posted an excellent interview about the Green Idea House at: http://teachinggreen.org/the_green_idea_house.html

Influencing Policy, Codes and Incentives
by Robert on June 18th, 2012 No Comments »

At the prompting of Pam Townsend, Senior Planner for our City, last week we hosted a meeting with city officials and residents who are experts in green building.  The focus of the meeting was to start to capture what we are learning and see how planning policy, codes and incentives
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“Bridges the Stylistic Gap between Stilettos and Earth Shoes”
by Robert on June 11th, 2012 No Comments »

The very sophisticated LA Confidential magazine used that quote to describe our house in this months issue:
http://la-confidential-magazine.com/living/articles/eco-friendly-home-hermos
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Special thanks to Kathy McDonald for the excellent article.

Presenting the GIH at the USGBC’s 2nd Annual Valley Green Building Education Conference
by Robert on June 9th, 2012 No Comments »

It was a joy talking about the GIH project at the USGBC’s 2nd Annual Valley Green Building Education Conference this week.  Robert was honored to be presenting with Charisse Bartholomew from Healing Spaces by Design, Aravind Batra from P2S Engineering and Arthur Renault from The Reuse People, people who made
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