Posts Tagged ‘Water’

Win a FREE A Green Point Rating from Build It Green or Just Get the Rebate!
by Robert 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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High Water Mark Achieved in Record Setting Rain
by Robert on December 24th, 2010 No Comments »

We all know fresh water is a precious commodity in So. California.  Hearing what the TreePeople are doing to harvest rainwater and manage the overflow on site to replenish the aquifer sounds like a good idea.  This benefits the ocean water quality by keeping that storm from running into the
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Greywater gets Clearer
by Robert on October 21st, 2010 No Comments »

Last week we hosted a meeting with Leigh Jerrard from Greywater Corps who is doing innovative, yet simple and affordable things in the water conservation arena.  Leigh led six of us through a very informative dialogue on making the reuse of laundry and shower water for irrigation easy, practical and
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Water is Power
by Robert on April 29th, 2010 No Comments »

Systems for Reclaiming Water
Approximately 19% of California’s electricity is consumed in getting water to Southern California.
Being mindful of water usage and the energy it takes to bring water to our homes just makes good sense. Especially when we have had only 15% of the average rainfall and the
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Build It Green
by Robert on April 27th, 2010 2 Comments »

The GreenPoint Rated label is the mark of quality for green home construction. It is a recognizable, independent seal of approval that verifies a home has been built or remodeled according to proven green standards. To make sure that every GreenPoint Rated home is healthy and efficient from the inside
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Drought Tolerant Succulents
by Robert on April 27th, 2010 No Comments »

Green Idea House is finding new homes for its drought tolerant succulents. We have given away minivans full to friends and neighbors to keep them out of the landfill.

by Robert on April 27th, 2010 No Comments »

We started the project with a system of interdependent objectives that acts as a map and a compass. No project is perfect and this one won’t be either; but being mindful of these objectives keeps us on track when making decisions. We have found that it is particularly
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