Posts Tagged ‘Congresswoman Jane Harman’

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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Record Crowds Gather for Construction Tours of the Green Idea House!
by Robert Fortunato on February 14th, 2012 No Comments »

We want to express our sincere appreciation to all of you for making Saturday a huge success. The event was booked solid a week in advance and over 200 people came out for tours and the educational expo. We had to turn people away to ensure the safety of everyone
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In Hot Water Yesterday
by Robert Fortunato on December 7th, 2011 2 Comments »

Many thanks to Gary Klein for sharing his genius with us yesterday.  In two hours Gary took us through all the water related systems that are so crucial for us in hitting our net zero energy goals.
Gary is great at debunking myths about things like tankless water heaters and solar
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New Video of Green Idea House City Council Update
by Robert Fortunato on November 28th, 2011 No Comments »

Now that he is back from Japan, Robert hopes to get caught up on his postings!  The first is a video clip taken from the November City Council meeting.
GIH updates to the City Council include:
Steel vs. Wood
Certified vs Non-certified wood
Low V.O.C. vs. Low Toxicity
Reuse vs New
View vs. Solar Panels

City Council GIH Update Tonight at 7pm
by Robert Fortunato on November 8th, 2011 No Comments »

We will be giving one of our periodic construction updates to City Council this evening.  The meeting starts at 7pm and we should be presenting shortly thereafter.  You can also view the meeting on Verizon Fios Ch. 31, Warner Cable Ch.8, and online at under Agendas/Minutes/Video.
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Global Green Article Mentions the GIH!
by Robert Fortunato on September 18th, 2011 No Comments »

Amber Keenoy, the highly respected green building consultant and estimator very kindly mentioned the Green Idea House in an excellent article that is part of her weekly series:

The Real Issue
by Robert Fortunato on August 31st, 2011 No Comments »

Yesterday’s paper printed our letter ( combined with a response from one of the uphill neighbors in the article from Saturday’s front page ( We are glad to see the neighbors are starting to understand that our solar array will be BELOW the height limit and we are building in
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Easy Reader Covers GIH Participation in the EPN Solar and Green Homes Tour!
by Robert Fortunato on May 28th, 2011 No Comments »

Many thanks to the Easy Reader reporter Rebecca Zisser for a great article.  During the tour she was very engaged, asked great questions and ultimately turned in a wonderful report.  Thank you for your interest in spreading the word.
P.S. One small correction:  “Fortunato first became interested in green technology
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Last Chance for Free Scrap Lumber, Clean Sandy Soil or Chunks of Concrete!
by Robert Fortunato on May 5th, 2011 3 Comments »

Unfortunately, one of the people in the neighborhood (you know who you are) is complaining to the city about our lumber pile.  Therefore we have to get a dumpster out to the site in the next week.  So, if you need any of the above for projects from furniture to
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Happy Earth Day! Beach Reporter Prints Article on GIH Progress
by Robert Fortunato on April 22nd, 2011 No Comments »

Eric Michael Stitt very kindly marked our first big milestone: Owners save 97.5 percent of razed home