I love this annual competition. Crazy ideas – experimental – cutting edge – out of the box (as they say!) – weird – fun – they say if you want to learn and be creative – you should take things apart – turn them upside down – backwards – shatter ideas and then put it all together. Well that’s what they do here. Watch all 20 of the competitors entries and I guarantee you will get an education. Watch with an open mind and remember – we are looking for new stuff here!
Press play to watch the SCI-Arc video. Right in my back yard – SCI-Arc is cutting edge and a little bit Hollywood too!
THE California Central Coast Chapter of the U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL
Presents: Otis Bradley In Search of the Ultimate Green Home
Custom home builder Otis Bradley of the Otis Bradley Company and 50Green.com will be leading an interactive dialogue about the path to “net-zero” homes at the monthly meeting of the U.S. Green Building Council C4 Chapter on Monday, January 24th at 5:30pm. This meeting is open to the public and is held in the Patagonia Fire House at 280 W. Main Street, Ventura. Infusing his inquisitiveness, vast industry knowledge, and a healthy sense of humor, and using the design and construction of his own recently completed home as a jumping off point, Otis will guide the group through an interactive dialogue about the future of homebuilding in our new “Green” reality. Be prepared for an offbeat and spirited exchange of ideas.
Otis currently owns and operates Otis Bradley Company, Inc., OtisBradley.com, a California Custom Home building business. Otis also runs webinars about Green construction at 50Green.com, where he blogs regularly about a variety of green topics.
The presentation takes place at the Patagonia Firehouse Building, 280 W. Main Street in downtown Ventura on Monday, January 24th, 2010 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. The monthly meetings are free and open to the public.
Our next presentation will be on Monday, February 28th.
For more information, please call (805) 218-2254, or visit the C4 website at usgbcc4.org.
PS For those of you that can’t make it watch for the replay to be posted here on 50Green.com
Here’s a cool house that I have seen written up a few times … located in Charlotte, Vermont – right near my alma mater – The Universtiy of Vermont. David Pill and Hillary Maharam designed their own energy producing green home. The 2700 sf home uses an all electric system of a ground souce heat pump coupled with super insulated walls and a wind turbine.
Article by David Pill Journal of Light Construction
Netting Zero in a Cold Climate
How a house in northern Vermont produces as much energy as it consumes.
Netting Zero in a Cold Climate How a house in northern Vermont produces as much energy as it consumes by David Pill As an architect, I’ve been educating myself in green building practices for nearly 20 years, through reading and attending workshops and conferences. So when it came to designing a new home for my family in northern New England, I had definite goals in mind. First, I wanted to create a house with as little environmental impact as possible. Second, I wanted to use the most conventional methods possible, so that the house would be relatively affordable and include …
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The Portland (and Hood River) Green Building Tours will be the subject of our next Green Building Sessions….
I love Portland! Here for the Green Building Tour, I checked out the city the night before. An amazing energy exists here. The bumper sticker says “Keep Portland Weird.” My cousin, who lives here, says too many people from California and the mid west have been moving here and trying to “normalize” things.
A straw bale wall is thick, gobbling up valuable space; and heavy, requiring a sturdy foundation. But some experts estimate a bale wall to be up to three times as energy efficient as conventional framing. Over time, the savings add up.