August 2009

Found 5 blog entries for August 2009.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a new label to compliment ENERGY STAR's new construction qualified home program and tackle indoor air quality. The new Indoor airPLUS label addresses moisture and radon control, pest management, heating, ventilating and air-conditioning as well as building materials and homeowner education. Although Indoor airPLUS is currently only offered for new construction, the guidelines provide a great checklist for existing homeowners to follow on their own as well.     The program requires an independent 3rd party such as a HERS Rater to verify that the builder has successfully met all Indoor airPLUS requirements. Gutters and downspouts must direct water a min of 5' from…
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Commercial office and retail vacancy is becoming a serious problem for many Orange County real estate investors and property owners. Unlike the typical reaction of street signs and desperate print advertising, The CAMP is offering up space to non-profits that relate to their current "eco-conscious" tenants. These non-profits and art exhibitions continue to expose the space passively and bring in new traffic that is of value to all the tenants in The CAMP and The LAB.     The CAMP currently has a 3,000 square foot retail space available. The space is in the heart of the center as its massive glass windows open on the central common area. The CAMP is an innovative retail community anchored by an array of authentic green boutiques…
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Imagine a day when you're your own power plant and have the ability to monitor your system's performance from the palm of your hand. Well, that day is upon us, my friends. It's an incredible thing to think about, to have such an ability. Something that will go under appreciated and taken for granted, I'm sure.     Solar industry powerhouse SunPower recently released their own iPhone App that takes their SunPower® Monitoring System software from your laptop computer straight to your iPhone or iTouch. Giving the user the ability to brag about their $5/month electric bill and show off how many kWhs they're producing at any given time from any board room in the world. 
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With finish work and landscaping left on Developer Steven Blanchard's construction schedule, he and his build team are on pace to complete the first United States Green Building Council LEED® Platinum Certified Home in Orange County, CA.     Craftsman with a modern, green infusion. Designed by David Gangloff of David Gangloff Architects Inc, the home does it's best to maintain it's modesty from the street, but once you entire this one story masterpiece everything goes out the window. I love the scale throughout the home and the magnificent great room that feels big enough to have hosted the town ball in the 1800s. It's a trophy home, for sure and I can't imagine if there's any Costa Mesa home that rivals it's level of design and…
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It's not all that well respected, even among the converted greenies, but why? In my opinion it's because not everyone has had a chance to sit in front of Brad Lancaster for an hour and been brain washed with real rainwater religion. What I took away from Brad's presentation in 2008 at one of the Center for Spiritual Living's wonderful sustainable dinner and presentations was passive rainwater collection.     Instead of trying to hold up fresh rainwater in your little barrel and make it late for wherever it's next appointment is, let it run back down into the Earth. Let rainwater do what it's been doing before Orange County was Orange County or... the dreaded "OC". By letting rainwater permeate back into our natural aquifer with…
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