Posts Tagged ‘Landscape’

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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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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GIH Featured in Merlex Blog Spot
by Robert Fortunato on November 16th, 2011 No Comments »

GIH Featured in Merlex Blog Spot
We are fortunate to have many bright, talented people supporting our project.  Interestingly, they tend to know one another.  Wes Harding from Harding Construction recently, introduced us to Nick Brown, the President of Merlex Stucco.
Nick came for a tour, instantly got the project and wanted
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The Real Issue
by Robert Fortunato on August 31st, 2011 No Comments »

Yesterday’s paper printed our letter ( combined with a response from one of the uphill neighbors in the article from Saturday’s front page ( We are glad to see the neighbors are starting to understand that our solar array will be BELOW the height limit and we are building in
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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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Last Chance for Free Scrap Lumber, Clean Sandy Soil or Chunks of Concrete!
by Robert Fortunato on May 5th, 2011 3 Comments »

Unfortunately, one of the people in the neighborhood (you know who you are) is complaining to the city about our lumber pile.  Therefore we have to get a dumpster out to the site in the next week.  So, if you need any of the above for projects from furniture to
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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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New Video! How we diverted 97.5% of our demo waste from the landfill
by Robert Fortunato on April 30th, 2011 No Comments »

The video clip is taken from the April 26th Hermosa Beach City Council meeting:
Also, We’ve attached (SBESC Letter) a very kind letter from Jacki and Marilyn at the South bay Environmental Savings Center thanking us for speaking at the South Bay Cities Council of Governments meeting on
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