Bau Biology – how to create healthy, healing homes and workplaces, free of air, water and electromagnetic pollutants

Ever wonder how a Microwave oven works?  My wife hates them and we don’t have one and its probably a good idea.  But Bau Biologists will tell you more about electromagnetic energy.  Pretty interesting …check it out.

The following information is directly from the Bau Biology web site.

CLICK HERE to Find out more about Bau Biology

Our Mission:

To inform and guide the general public and working professionals about how to create healthy, healing homes and workplaces, free of air, water and electromagnetic pollutants. To lead people from all walks of life to an understanding of the vital and complex relationship between the natural and built environments, as a means to merge these two complementary environments into greater harmony. Continue reading “Bau Biology – how to create healthy, healing homes and workplaces, free of air, water and electromagnetic pollutants”

8 Facts – Water Sense EPA – Green Building Program

Today I listened to an hour long webinar from the EPA on their new Water Sense program.

Here’s the top 8 things I learned…

  1. Between 1950 and 2000 US population doubled and water usage tripled
  2. 36 States are expecting water shortages
  3. Water usage ranges between 100 and 350 gallons per day
  4. $500 Billion is needed over 20 years to upgrade water infastructure
  5. Leaks could add up to 1 Trillion gallons per year – fix em !
  6. 70% of water used indoors 30% outdoors
  7. 50% of outdoor water wasted
  8. Look for the “Water Sense” label on your products

Water – Two Button Toilets

You ‘ve heard me talk about this before – a fantastic way to save water – use a two button toilet.  A terrific conversation piece too.

Here’s the down and dirty….the toilet is the biggest water user in your house. Do this experiment: for one day count the number of times you flush – carefully notating pee versus poop. That’s right! Now multiply the pee number (probably 70% of the time) times 0.8 gallons – times the number of people in your house -times 365 days a year and you will find out you’ve saved a huge amount of water!

And – surprise surprise – we’ve come to find out button one works almost all the time!

I predict these toilets will be added to the building code any day now.

We’ve been using the Toto Aquia model for some time with great results – the Australian Company Caroma may have been the first to develop this technology.  At the last NAHB Builder show – Kohler must have had 15 new two button models.

Check out the video…

Can Retrofits Help Us Get Off Oil? YES !!

Remember the summer of 2008? There was a gas price spike that made some question our lack of coherent national energy policy but caused others to double down and chant “Drill Baby Drill”?

About that time, we took a look at all the oil said to be under the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in comparison to the amount of oil that could remain unburned in the surprising number of homes across the country that use some form of oil as a primary heating source (over 14 million!) in a fact sheet. The conclusions were what you might expect – efficiency is faster and cheaper and doesn’t needlessly risk the economy of the gulf coast states. Continue reading “Can Retrofits Help Us Get Off Oil? YES !!”

Water Harvesting Calculations Made Easy

We just discussed this in the Green Building Sessions ….

It’s not hard to do a quick calculation of your rain water storage and it doesn’t need to be perfect to get going….

Step 1
Calculate your collection area in square feet or meters
If you don’t want to get up there and measure it – take the foot print of your building 
– you can add for wide overhangs Continue reading “Water Harvesting Calculations Made Easy”

Green Building Conference – NAHB

Just back from a whirlwind trip to Raleigh, NC for the annual National Association of Home Builders – Green Conference

This fabulous bark sided house was part of the Green Building tour.  Bark siding – thick almost an inch – covered this well appointed custom home.  Note the nice broad overhangs.

 

I took the two day course  – Advanced Green Building: Building Science and attended the 3 day conference as well.   In a nutshell here’s what I learned …

Advanced Green Building: Building Science Course
Only a true building Geek can appreciate this – but its what makes quality buildings work !!!  In depth study of …

  • Heat movement in the thermal envelope
  • Water movement in buildings – bulk water, ice, vapor
  • Wall construction – all types
  • Vapor transmission – important issue as houses are better insulated and sealed
  • Climate zones and different building solutions
  • Building systems – walls, roofs, foundations
  • Mechanical systems Continue reading “Green Building Conference – NAHB”

Spray Foam Insulation – Bio Based

Constantly looking for better ways to insulate – one of the great things about spray foam insulation is that it seals up leaks.  Even the best batt insulation install – will have lots of gaps.  Would you rather hold scalding hot coffee in a fiberglass batt or foam?  See the demonstaration video below – from the International Builders Show

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Otis Bradley is a custom home builder in Southern California working in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.  You can see Otis’ work at his company web site Otis Bradley Company, Inc.
Check out the Free Green Building Video at 50Green.com
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Sierra Nevada Beer – Green Building and Solar

I enjoy a fine craft beer and have always admired the clean, hoppy taste of Sierra Nevada.  Our amazing pub sells 700 craft beers along with a 12 tap tasting room.  Last week Sierra Nevada arrived as the featured brewer.   Besides their tasty beverages, they were armed with videos and PR material about all of their environmental practices.  Although we are primarily devoted to residential projects – this is really cool.

Sierra Nevada’s environmental practices include:

  • Huge 1.4 MW solar photovoltaic system
  • Fuel Cells
  • Heat Recovery
  • CO2 Recovery
  • Water Conservation

They even put in their own rail spur – to create a more efficient transportation system

Even if you liked their beer before – here’s more reason to drink Sierra Nevada!

Environmental Programs
http://www.sierranevada.com/environment/solar.html

Solar monitor
http://www.mypowerlight.com/Commercial/kiosk.aspx?id=1dafec08-f37e-4ecd-b981-8765035bb8b1

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Please feel free to repost or use this blog as long as you keep the entire blog in its original form and with the following “signature box.”
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Otis Bradley is a custom home builder in Southern California working in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.  You can see Otis’ work at his company web site Otis Bradley Company, Inc.
Interested in Green Building check out 50Green.com
For more information on Custom Home Building see the OnlineCustomHomeBuilder.com
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