Posts Tagged ‘engineering’

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 Homeowners Redefine Green Living” in this week’s Easy Reader!
by Robert Fortunato on January 21st, 2013 No Comments »

Writer Katrina Zawojski and Photographer Brad Jacobson did a great job capturing the essence of the Green Idea House in this week’s Easy Reader.  In a beautifully done two page spread on pages 44 and 45, they hit the highlights that got us to net zero energy, zero carbon 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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First Impressions – Mitsubishi i-MiEV All Electric Vehicle
by Robert Fortunato on October 27th, 2012 7 Comments »

Representatives from Mitsubishi found out that Green Idea House is making a lot more energy than we are using.  As a result, they very generously gave us a long term loaner of their new i-MiEV electric vehicle to start to make our carbon neutral lifestyle a reality.
Mitsubishi has a long
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U.S.G.B.C. Hydrogen fuel cell applications event on Wednesday
by Robert Fortunato on October 14th, 2012 No Comments »

Our friends at the U.S. Green Building Council, South Bay Chapter are hosting an interesting event on Wednesday evening on hydrogen fuel cell applications at the Toyota facility in Torrance.  Look forward to seeing you there!
Registration information:
See attached flyer: Toyota Hydrogen Fuel Cell Flyer

GIH Goes 100 Percent
by Robert Fortunato on August 1st, 2012 No Comments »

The Green Idea House is now featured on the site, the first web portal to comprehensively map, track, and aim to form global community around 100% renewable energy projects from around the world. Go100Percent is a project of the Renewables 100 Policy Institute and, like the Green Idea House,
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It’s Working! 87% Reduction in Total Energy Use and 85 kwh Extra Generated Per Month
by Robert Fortunato on May 27th, 2012 4 Comments »

Our total energy use in our old house since 2005 (including the conversion for natural gas usage) averaged 1,561 kwh/month.  We are currently averaging about 200 kwh/month in total energy.  The reduction in the total energy load is 87% (vs previous house) while adding 800sq.ft!
In addition, we are generating, on
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Department of Energy Officials like what they see on their GIH Tour
by Robert Fortunato on May 17th, 2012 No Comments »

Yesterday afternoon a team of DOE officials from Washington, D.C.and Coloradodescended on the GIH.  They were eager to learn about all the innovative, affordable and off the shelf technologies we put together that gets the GIH to net zero energy and zero carbon.  They are doing this to find out
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Hermosa Beach (The Green Idea City) is One Step Closer to a Carbon Neutral Future
by Robert Fortunato on May 16th, 2012 No Comments »

Kudos to all those who supported HB in getting a $410K grant to draw up a carbon neutral plan for the city.  Doug Morino from the Easy reader did a great job of covering the story.
As contemplated in an earlier post, a carbon neutral Hermosa Beach is the next logical
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