Posts Tagged ‘Metrics’

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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Speaking about the Green Idea House at the Municipal Green Building Conference
by Robert Fortunato on April 17th, 2016 No Comments »

It is an honor to again be speaking at the MGBCE this Thursday, April 21st.  This is one of my favorite events because I learned so much about sustainable building practices and met so many great people over the past 10 years. 
It is truly one of the best events
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TEDx Video – Leadership, Innovation and the “Impossible” House
by Robert Fortunato on October 17th, 2014 2 Comments »

Dear Friends and Partners of the Green Idea House,
We are excited to share this TEDx video that features all of you – the community that came together to make the Green Idea House possible. Please watch it and share it with your social media friends. If there are enough views,
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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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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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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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Speaking of the Green Idea House
by Robert Fortunato on March 4th, 2014 No Comments »

Robert is honored to be one of the speakers at the 9th Annual EOH Technical Symposium “Energy Alternatives for California’s Future: Environmental Health Aspects.” March 5, 2014 California State University, Northridge. 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., USU Northridge Center
A description of the conference is below and an agenda can be found at:
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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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Latest Energy Bill Says it All – Thank You from the Green Idea House
by Robert Fortunato on August 4th, 2013 No Comments »

Dear Friends and Partners of the Green Idea House,
As we start to turn our attention to new adventures, we would like to sincerely thank all of you for helping to make the impossible, possible.  It has been an incredible 7 year odyssey designing, retrofitting and now living in the Green
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Returning a Favor at the Municipal Green Building Conference
by Robert Fortunato on April 26th, 2013 No Comments »

It was a pleasure presenting the Green Idea House story with John Morton from Southern California Edison at the Municipal Green Building Conference yesterday.
What we learned and all the great people we met at the conference in previous years made our project possible.  It felt good to return the favor.

Earth Day Activities and Two More Opportunities to Learn about the Green Idea House
by Robert Fortunato on April 23rd, 2013 No Comments »

It was an honor speaking about the Green Idea House on Earth Day at the very august Los Angeles City Hall.   The organizers did an excellent job with the program (see attached) and it was a pleasure having friends and supporters of the project like Dency Nelson, Professor Marcella Oliva, Lillian
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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 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!
 
 
 

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.
http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013/04/05/hermosa-beach-family-to-open-eco-friendly-home-to-public/
 
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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.  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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Hermosa Beach (The Green Idea City) could be the First Carbon Neutral City in the U.S.!
by Robert Fortunato 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 Fortunato 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 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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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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On CNBC and Speaking at the Emerging Technology Summit Today!
by Robert Fortunato 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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$160 Net Energy Credit on Latest Edison Bill Proves What We Built Work$. Check it out!
by Robert Fortunato 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)…