Posts Tagged ‘Net Zero Energy’

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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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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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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Satisfying Our Speed Addiction
by Robert Fortunato on July 18th, 2015 No Comments »

We satisfied our speed addiction and green voyeurism this week by test driving the 691hp Tesla Model S P85D.  It is the fastest production car, period.  Going from 0 – 60 in 3.1 seconds in that car was the smoothest g-force rush we had ever experienced.
The P85D is beautifully executed,
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Let’s bring it – or lose the opportunity!
by Robert Fortunato on March 29th, 2015 No Comments »

Many thanks to Rachel Reeves for the excellent article. Both the Keep Hermosa Hermosa and the Protect Hermosa’s Future people promised to redouble their efforts to find a viable financial solution after the election. Being one of the first cities to harvest more renewable energy than it uses (carbon neutral)
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Bill Says It All
by Robert Fortunato on February 12th, 2015 No Comments »

The goal of our Net Zero Energy, Zero Carbon, Green Idea House was to reduce our energy load so we can affordably produce more renewable energy than we use.
Our utility bill for our second full year of operation proved that the Green Idea House did just that. The 100% electric
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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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How Do We Find Meaning?
by Robert Fortunato on November 14th, 2014 No Comments »

Weaving meaning into the fabric of our lives and communities makes everything we do better.  So I was pleased to be contacted by Dean Bokhari of the Meaningful Show for an interview.
The conversation was a lot of fun and I hope you enjoy it as well.  We discussed everything from
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Would you Lose a $36 Million Annuity and a $40 Million Discount?
by Robert Fortunato on November 13th, 2014 No Comments »

Experts hired by the city of Hermosa Beach proved at the last city council meeting that Hermosa Beach could be the beneficiary of an annuity of $36 million/year and the investment would be discounted by up to $40 million if it got in the race to be one of the
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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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Gas versus Electricity
by Robert Fortunato on October 6th, 2014 3 Comments »

Our friends Nick and Holland have courageously ventured forth to retrofit their house into their Net Zero Nest. In the process they are asking great questions. One of them was about a Gas vs Electric cook-top. Our response follows:
The subject of gas vs electricity overall is a big one for
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TEDx Should Be Called FRIENDx
by Robert Fortunato on September 13th, 2014 No Comments »

It was a blast speaking at the TEDx Friday.  But I could not have done it without the army of friends (and Monica and Carter) who supported me. You: patiently read and edited my drafts, listened to my drivel, patiently helped me murder my darlings and came out in force
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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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Last Day to Get TEDx Early Bird Discount!
by Robert Fortunato on September 5th, 2014 No Comments »

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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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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Graumman’s Chinese Theater Welcomes “The Future of Energy”
by Robert Fortunato on June 9th, 2014 No Comments »

Monica and Carter were honored to be invited to Graumman’s Chinese Theater over the weekend.  The world premiere of the film “The Future of Energy” features our very own Green Idea House!  The filmmakers and other participants in the film did a wonderful job explaining how renewable energy is cleaner,
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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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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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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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