Posts Tagged ‘Life Cycle’

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 »
Green Idea House Presenting at the Dwell Show this Weekend!
by Robert Fortunato on June 19th, 2016 No Comments »

Want to see how Affordable, Net Zero Energy/Zero Carbon is Possible Today?   Join us at the Dwell Show this Saturday the 25th at 2:30 – 3:30pm.
We will again be presenting at the Dwell Show by invitation of the USGBC-LA.  We  appreciate the opportunity and look forward to seeing you there. 
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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.
Learn:
Why the electric utility pays us to run our house and car
Why it cost less to build and operate
How
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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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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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A Step Up for Christmas
by Robert Fortunato on December 22nd, 2014 No Comments »

Happy Holidays!  We started a new tradition this year.
We wanted to do something that is simpler, less stressful, that gives us more to celebrate.  Tens of millions of trees are cut down every year and all the waste, pollution and deforestation that entails made us think.
We love what the Living
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Giving the Gift of Knowledge
by Robert Fortunato on December 20th, 2014 No Comments »

150 students from the Environmental Charter High School came for a tour of the Green Idea House this week. ECHS has made this tour part of their curriculum and the 9th grader’s semester project. It is always great to see the student’s eyes light up as they start to understand:

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One More Day to GIH TEDx! Shhhh, don’t tell anyone we gave you the promo code!
by Robert Fortunato on September 11th, 2014 No Comments »

 
Robert was honored to be asked to do a TEDx talk on the Green Idea House tomorrow, Friday September 12th. You can still get tickets at:  http://tedxredondobeach.com/events/upcomingevents and the promo code RUHSLimits will get you $5 off the ticket price.
The theme “Beyond Limits” is perfect. It gives us the opportunity to share the
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TEDx “Beyond Limits” Features Green Idea House!
by Robert Fortunato on August 12th, 2014 1 Comment »

Robert was honored to be asked to do a TEDx talk on the Green Idea House on Friday September 12th. The theme “Beyond Limits” is perfect. It gives us the opportunity to share the surprising untold backstory of how a community came together to go beyond limits and accomplish what
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How would the situation in the Ukraine be different if everyone had a Green Idea House?
by Robert Fortunato on May 2nd, 2014 1 Comment »

We recently got back from a trip to Croatia and Bosnia.  Incredibly interesting and beautiful places – and it is tragic to see the devastation that man’s inhumanity to man can bring.  The people there are clear that the same thing that happened to them in their brutal civil war
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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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Last Chance to be First
by Robert Fortunato on March 5th, 2014 No Comments »

Scaling up the Green Idea House concept, Hermosa Beach has the opportunity to be the first Carbon Neutral City in Southern California and reap the economic, health and environmental benefits that go with it.
The vote is on Friday morning, so please make your voices heard so we don’t miss this
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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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Braving the Winter Weather, More Policy Makers Tour the Green Idea House
by Robert Fortunato on December 21st, 2013 No Comments »

Better than Santa’s elves, Building Commissioners Peter Hoffman, PhD and Michael Flaherty braved the elements and their holiday schedules to tour of the Green Idea House today.  The Building Commissioners were interested in understanding how we designed and built a Net Zero Energy/Zero Carbon house for less cost than standard
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Policy Makers Tour the Green Idea House
by Robert Fortunato on December 16th, 2013 No Comments »

Very happy to have City Council Members Nanette Barragan and Hany Fangary tour of the Green Idea House yesterday.  The Council Members were interested in understanding how we designed and built a Net Zero Energy/Zero Carbon house for less cost than standard construction using off the shelf technologies that are
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Notebooks in Hand, 150 Environmental Charter High School Students Descend on the Green Idea House
by Robert Fortunato on December 9th, 2013 No Comments »

We were honored to have the award winning Environmental Charter High School request a tour of our Green Idea House.  The students arrived as promised, 75 in the morning and 75 in the afternoon.  When we asked the students why they were interested in touring the Green Idea House, without
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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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Speaking about the Green Idea House at the Solar Decathlon on Saturday!
by Robert Fortunato on October 4th, 2013 No Comments »

Robert is honored to be speaking about the Green Idea House at the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon at the Great Park in Irvine on Saturday at 1pm – 2pm.
At this FREE event that is open to the public, teams from all over the world assemble sustainable houses on site
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Facilitating a Green Building Class at UCLA Tonight!
by Robert Fortunato on July 10th, 2013 No Comments »

Honored to be teaching the Green Building segment of Mark Kowalczyk’s Construction Management Class at UCLA tonight.  Sat in on the first class and was impressed with Mark’s acumen as well as the level of architect, contractor and project manager students in the room.  Will be fun relaying the thought
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Sealing the Deal for Energy Efficiency, Healthy Air and New Jobs
by Robert Fortunato on May 6th, 2013 No Comments »

Sealing the crawlspace is one of the innovations that allows the Green Idea House to use 70% less energy than the old house that was here.  It also ensures that the air we breathe is safe.
Crawl spaces are useful to allow access to mechanical parts of the building.  But as
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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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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.  http://www.greenideahouse.com/news/calendar/you-are-invited-join-ed-begley-jr-in-hermosa-beach-for-the-green-idea-house-dedication-ceremony/
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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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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Comparing Architectural Salvage to Donating Used Underwear to Goodwill??
by Robert Fortunato 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 Fortunato 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 Fortunato 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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GIH Selected to Win Build It Green Award!
by Robert Fortunato 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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