Posts Tagged ‘engineering’

Having fun with a great audience at the Dwell Show today! Thank you USGBC-LA for the invitation to speak.
by Robert Fortunato on June 25th, 2016 No Comments »
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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Exploring the cutting edge – for the 7th year in a row!
by Robert Fortunato on September 26th, 2015 No Comments »

While working  in Denmark last week, a couple of leaders and students from the KaosPilot school joined me in my annual pilgrimage to places in Scandinavia that are leading the way on sustainability.  Coincidentally, my friend and neighbor Rick Learned and his sister happened to be in DK visiting relatives,
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TEDx Helps Helps Rediscover One of the Most Well Written Letters
by Robert Fortunato on August 29th, 2014 No Comments »

The preparation for the TEDx talk is causing us to dredge through 17 years of material that relates to the project.  But the story line is clear – a community came out to support big, impossible ideas and helped bring them to fruition.
Just one example is the beautifully written letter of recommendation
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Green Idea House Energy Bill Incites Photo Frenzy During Japanese Delegation Tour!
by Robert Fortunato on January 26th, 2014 4 Comments »

We were honored to have a delegation from the Japanese government (that came all the way from Japan!)  tour the Green Idea House.  As a result of the tsunami and nuclear reactor incident in Fukashima, the Japanese want all their buildings to work like the Green Idea House, making more
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Speaking at the Dwell on Design Show Saturday, June 22nd!
by Robert Fortunato on May 26th, 2013 No Comments »

We are looking forward to telling the Green Idea House story at the Dwell On Design Show in the LA convention Center on Saturday June 22nd.
We have always been huge architecture and design fans and have been going to the show for years.  That is where we first met many
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Two Great Events this Month
by Robert Fortunato on April 15th, 2013 No Comments »

There will be two opportunities to hear more about the Green Idea House – and a lot of other great topics this month:
April 16th (tomorrow!) in San Francisco- Robert will be speaking at the Pathways to 100% Renewable Energy Conference.  There are still a few tickets left. For more information and
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CBS News Covers Green Idea House Dedication Ceremony
by Robert Fortunato on April 8th, 2013 No Comments »

We were so busy getting ready for the Green Idea House dedication that we didn’t have time to post the excellent piece Julie Sharp did to promote the event on the CBS evening news.
Well done Julie!

Green Idea House Officially Dedicated!
by Robert Fortunato on April 7th, 2013 1 Comment »

We were honored to have Ed Begley Jr, Dency Nelson and 10 other wonderful speakers at the Green Idea House dedication ceremony yesterday.
Special thanks to Councilman Michael DiVirgilio for being a great M.C. and all the other enthusiastic participants who make it a very special morning.  We’ll be posting
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You are invited: Join Ed Begley, Jr. in Hermosa Beach for the Green Idea House Dedication Ceremony
by Robert Fortunato on March 27th, 2013 9 Comments »

Dear Friends of the Green Idea House:
We have appreciated your friendship and support as we planned, built and tested the Green Idea House.  The success we have achieved would have been impossible without you, our community of friends and supporters.  Together we proved that one family can affordably remodel a
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Your Voice was Heard on Saturday re Carbon Neutral Opportunity for Hermosa Beach!
by Robert Fortunato on February 11th, 2013 No Comments »

You Made It Happen. Carbon Neutral Got the Most Votes and Selected as a Top Priority in City Council’s Strategic Planning Session!
Despite dozens of other important items that were filtered through, we commend the City Council and Staff for making Carbon Neutrality a top priority. In the human experience, making
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“Hermosa Beach Homeowners Redefine Green Living” in this week’s Easy Reader!
by Robert Fortunato 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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GIH: First Net Zero Energy, Zero Combustion House in SoCal
by Robert Fortunato 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 Fortunato 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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U.S.G.B.C. Hydrogen fuel cell applications event on Wednesday
by Robert Fortunato 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:
See attached flyer: Toyota Hydrogen Fuel Cell Flyer

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

The Green Idea House is now featured on the 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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It’s Working! 87% Reduction in Total Energy Use and 85 kwh Extra Generated Per Month
by Robert Fortunato on May 27th, 2012 4 Comments »

Our total energy use in our old house since 2005 (including the conversion for natural gas usage) averaged 1,561 kwh/month.  We are currently averaging about 200 kwh/month in total energy.  The reduction in the total energy load is 87% (vs previous house) while adding 800sq.ft!
In addition, we are generating, on
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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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Presenting the GIH at The Alt Build Conference and the Solar HomesToursYesterday!
by Robert Fortunato on May 13th, 2012 No Comments »

Interesting and interested participants on the tours and panel presentation made it a joy to share our experiences designing and building the GIH.  It was great connecting with old and new friends of the project.
At 9am and 10am we ran tours (outside only) as part of the South Bay Solar
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Two FREE Opportunities This Saturday to See How the GIH Works!
by Robert Fortunato on May 9th, 2012 No Comments »

At 9am and 10am on Saturday May 9th we will be running tours (outside only) as part of the South Bay Solar and Green Homes Tour put on by the Environmental Priorities Network.  Nine other families will be opening their houses for the tour as well: SolarGreenHomesTour 2012
Also on Saturday at
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Green Idea House Receives Los Angeles County’s 2012 Green Leadership Award
by Robert Fortunato on April 29th, 2012 1 Comment »

We are honored to receive the award on behalf of all of you who have supported us over the last five years in bringing this to fruition.
It was a pleasure meeting the other award winners at the County Supervisor’s meeting and our son, Carter, was thrilled to get the morning
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Happy Earth Day! The Beach Reporter Celebrates with a Green Idea House Update in its Green Edition.
by Robert Fortunato on April 22nd, 2012 No Comments »

Thanks to Dawnya Bartsch and Chris Miller for wonderful the article and photo.
A number of you have asked, so we did want to clarify a few points from the article:
–          instead of radiant floor heating, we used Runtal baseboard heaters.  They are much less expensive and operate more efficiently in
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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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Judges and City Officials Made Us Feel Like Winners
by Robert Fortunato on March 18th, 2012 No Comments »

Judges for the Green Leadership Award and officials from the City of Hermosa Beach came for a visit last week.  We were honored to have them at the house.  Irrespective of the outcome, we appreciated their interest and attention. They already made us feel like winners!

Pouring (over) Concrete
by Robert Fortunato on April 3rd, 2011 No Comments »

Lucas’ words were ringing in my ears as the second cement truck finished unloading.  When asked what materials his Danish eco village tries to avoid, the number one item is poured concrete because of it’s high embodied energy and the fact that you can’t really recycle it.   Discarded concrete just
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Permit Issued!
by Robert Fortunato on February 24th, 2011 No Comments »

The advice and support of all the incredible people in Hermosa Beach’s Planning and Public Work’s Departments makes the impossible possible.

GIH Small Wind Turbines Supported by Hermosa Beach City Council
by Robert Fortunato on February 9th, 2011 1 Comment »

Last night the Hermosa Beach City Council voted to support a reduction of the conditional use permit fee so the Green Idea House could test the viability of residential rooftop wind generation systems and report back to the city.
Obviously, we do not have the “Saudi Arabia of wind” like western
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Passing (on) Gas
by Robert Fortunato on February 9th, 2011 No Comments »

Everyone knows that burning natural gas is less harmful than other fossil fuels, but the process of shale gas drilling is certainly not natural and certainly not less harmful.  Watch this 60 minutes piece to understand how the push to extract it from the ground is contaminating drinking water and
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