Posts Tagged ‘Water’

TeachingGreen Idea House
by Robert Fortunato on June 26th, 2012 No Comments »

Kathleen Jacecko, Founder/Director of TeachingGreen, posted an excellent interview about the Green Idea House at:

Influencing Policy, Codes and Incentives
by Robert Fortunato on June 18th, 2012 No Comments »

At the prompting of Pam Townsend, Senior Planner for our City, last week we hosted a meeting with city officials and residents who are experts in green building.  The focus of the meeting was to start to capture what we are learning and see how planning policy, codes and incentives
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Presenting the GIH at the USGBC’s 2nd Annual Valley Green Building Education Conference
by Robert Fortunato on June 9th, 2012 No Comments »

It was a joy talking about the GIH project at the USGBC’s 2nd Annual Valley Green Building Education Conference this week.  Robert was honored to be presenting with Charisse Bartholomew from Healing Spaces by Design, Aravind Batra from P2S Engineering and Arthur Renault from The Reuse People, people who made
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Energy Upgrade CA Publishes Case Study on the Green Idea House
by Robert Fortunato on May 19th, 2012 3 Comments »

Many thanks to Nathalie Gonzalez for sponsoring this excellent case study and Lena Ketabgian for doing a great write up.
The case study can be found at the following link: CaseStudy-greenideahouse 2a

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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Win a FREE A Green Point Rating from Build It Green or Just Get the Rebate!
by Robert Fortunato on May 2nd, 2012 No Comments »

Enter the Green Label Sweepstakes.  In this sweepstakes, one lucky Los Angeles County homeowner will win a free GreenPoint Rating. A GreenPoint Rater will help you evaluate your home and the points awarded for your green home features. Your home must achieve a minimum point value in order to qualify
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Green Idea House Presents at the Municipal Green Building Conference
by Robert Fortunato on May 1st, 2012 No Comments »

One of Robert’s favorite Green Conferences is the MGBCE sponsored by the USGBC. Robert has been going for the last five years and has been learning something new that he has applied to the project every year.  So it was a real pleasure to be able to give back during
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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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Daily Breeze Features GIH in Today’s Paper!
by Robert Fortunato on April 16th, 2012 No Comments »

Many thanks to reporter Kristin Agostini and Photographer Brad Graverson from the Daily Breeze for the excellent article in today’s paper
Photo Gallery:

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!

Wish Us Luck – Judges are Coming Tomorrow!
by Robert Fortunato on March 13th, 2012 No Comments »

The City of Hermosa Beach very kindly submitted an application to nominate the Green Idea House for the County of Los Angeles’ Green Leadership Award (
Pam Townsend from the City did a great job with the application and we have been selected as finalists.
The judges are coming for a tour
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GIH Event Makes the Papers!
by Robert Fortunato on February 17th, 2012 No Comments »

Eric Michael Stitt, a journalist for The Beach Reporter, very kindly featured our house tours event in the Hermosa Beach section of the paper this week:
We also wanted to make sure the other key sponsors of the event, the U.S. Green Building Council/South Bay Branch and Energy Upgrade California,
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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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Register for FREE today while there are still spots available!
by Robert Fortunato on February 2nd, 2012 No Comments »

The U.S. Green Building Council, Energy Upgrade CA and Leadership Hermosa Beach have asked us to give a series of construction tours on February 11th.  The tours will showcase the innovative technologies that make the Green Idea House net zero energy, zero carbon and responsive to the environment in terms
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Save the Date for a USGBC Construction Tour the GIH!
by Robert Fortunato on January 23rd, 2012 No Comments »

The U.S. Green Building Council, Energy Upgrade CA and Leadership Hermosa Beach have asked us to give a series of construction tours on February 11th.  The tours will start at noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm and will be followed by a networking/ green networking event at one of the local
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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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In Hot Water Today
by Robert Fortunato on December 6th, 2011 No Comments »

Gary Klein, one of the country’s leading experts in hot water technologies, will be visiting the construction site and leading a group discussion.  We have invited officials from the city, other experts in the field and manufacturers and contractors who could benefit from the wealth of Gary’s expertise.  The tour
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Patch Article Today and Presentation to City Council Tomorrow
by Robert Fortunato on October 10th, 2011 No Comments »

AOL’s Patch Press service published an article on the Green Idea House this morning: Eric Farrell, the Hermosa Beach Patch reporter, did a very nice job summarizing the conversation we had last week.
On a related note, we will be giving one of our periodic construction updates to City Council
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Dwelling on William McDonough and Ed Begley Jr’s Keynotes
by Robert Fortunato on June 25th, 2011 No Comments »

Watching Bill McDonough’s expanded version of his TED talk at the Dwell conference Friday night was extraordinary.  He is one of the key sources of inspiration for the Green Idea House.
Ed took the stage Sunday afternoon with a vigor and clarity that was masked in the nature of his “living
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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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Expo and House Tours Great Fun on Saturday!
by Robert Fortunato on May 24th, 2011 2 Comments »

We really appreciated the opportunity to be in the Water and Energy Expo in the morning and on the EPN Green and Solar house tour circuit in the afternoon.
We were impressed by the interested and engaged group that showed up.  Thanks to all our friends (old and new) that
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Join us on Saturday the 21st for Two Big Events!
by Robert Fortunato on May 16th, 2011 No Comments »

We have been invited to talk about the Green Idea House during two events on Saturday the 21st:
1. Our partners West Basin Water District and So Cal Edison are putting on a Water and Energy Smart Expo. They have set up a booth for us to explain the Green Idea
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Hermosa Beach wins Wyland Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation!
by Robert Fortunato on May 3rd, 2011 No Comments »

Congratulations, Hermosa Beach
You are Southern California’s Greenest City this Earth Month!
Hermosa Beach, led by Mayor Peter Tucker, has won the title of Southern California’s greenest city for Earth Month. Hermosa Beach fended off strong challenges from Redondo Beach, Gardena, Long Beach, Villa Park, Agoura
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Knowing when Browner is Greener keeps Arsenic and Chromium out of Your Home and Garden
by Robert Fortunato on May 1st, 2011 No Comments »

We hired a contractor to replace the rotted mudsills and rim joists (see Foundational Problems).  The contractor normally uses green (in color) pressure treated lumber for that application.  Unfortunately, the green stuff contains arsenic and chromium that gets airborne when cut or drilled and can also leach into your soil
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Will You Support the Mayor’s Challenge?
by Robert Fortunato on April 5th, 2011 No Comments »

April 1, 2011 was the start of the Wyland Clean Water Pledge. Mayors across Southern California are squaring off to see whose city is the greenest.  Our Mayor, Pete Tucker, has our support on this initiative:

Get up to $4,500 to make your house more comfortable, healthy and reduce your bills!
by Robert Fortunato on January 21st, 2011 No Comments »

Hermosa Beach is hosting an event on Jan 26th.  Find one near you.

The Stone Age Ends When You Run Out of Stones
by Robert Fortunato on January 10th, 2011 No Comments »

Our friend Ewen, from Scotland, wanted to know if we were going to pack up our “tree” (see Christmas Rocks! post), put it in the attic and pull it out again next year.  We had other plans for it…
Our High Water post explained why we want to keep the storm
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