The Weather !

Note:  This is a fascinating read!  Much longer than your average blog – but read it all. This report was written by my father – who actually barely survived the great hurricane of 1938 in Long Island, NY (no peaking at the end of the article!)  Written from the perspective of how “The Weather” might affect world financial markets, reminds us we are but a tiny part of our environment.  Whether you believe climate change is human caused or not – we still live in it!  Is it possible to effect change in our future climate?

From The New York Times, July 21, 2010 by David Leonhardt, Washington, D.C. “This city has just endured its hottest June since records began in 1872, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. So did Miami. Atlanta suffered its second-hottest June, and Dallas had its third hottest. In New York, the weather  July on record.”  ……

“According to NASA, 2010 is on course to be the planet’s (writer –  the PLANET’s) hottest year since records started in 1880. The current top 10, in descending order, are: 2005, 2007, 2009, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2004, 2001 and 2008.” All 10 of the Planet’s hottest years (since 1880) have occurred in the last 11 years. Only 1999 escaped. Three of the very hottest were in the last five years – and 2010 will probably make it four of the last six. Hot temperatures cause weather havoc. The Pacific has its Typhoons and Tsunamis  — the latter caused by Earthquakes, of course.  The Left Coast has its Earthquakes too, but Fires and Mud Slides can usually be blamed on Hot Weather. Mighty Thunderstorms and Tornados throughout the Midwest and Southwest can be blamed on Heat Waves. (Not to mention Air Shears and Airplane Turbulence. Just ask the D.C. to L.A. 777 passengers driven down in Denver a couple of weeks ago.) Continue reading “The Weather !”

Japan Quake – Inconceivable Environmental Disaster

This phenomenal video footage is the most amazing I have seen of the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami.  As an ocean go-er from a tiny age  – I have often feared the idea of giant waves and the helplessness of escaping.  This astonishing video shows a  clear sunny day and the view of the lines of waves (walls of water) heading toward the shore.  The incredible strength of the water – pulverizing buildings into scrap – tossing giant boats miles inland – and moving cars like they are ping pong balls – is astonishing to see in such clear footage.  A truly astonishing environmental disaster!

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Environmental Consequences

Can there be a connection between quakes and global warming ?  We are just one planet – we’ve changed the alkalinity of the ocean … I know quakes and storms happen and are part of nature but you have to wonder how we effect the planet !

Life

DEATH – The incredible loss of life from this disaster will make it one of the worst in our lifetimes.   These disasters seem to keep on coming … Katrina almost 2000 dead – the tsunami in Thailand over 5,000 dead, Haitian earthquake over 300,000 dead.

Nuclear Power

MELT DOWN – in a nutshell forget about future nuclear power.  You can’t find a plan for our future energy needs that hasn’t included lots of Nuclear power.   Despite the obvious shortcomings of Nuke’s – they produce lots of power without CO2.  The world seemed to be hot on course to ramping up – warp speed – the development of Nukes – but this quake will kill that!  This puts more pressure on coal, oil  and gas as our primary sources of power.  Hopefully this will also push growth of renew-ables from the paltry 7% of current global energy. Continue reading “Japan Quake – Inconceivable Environmental Disaster”

In Search of the Ultimate Green Home – Paqtagonia- Ventura Today

 PRESS RELEASE

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. 

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PS For those of you that can’t make it watch for the replay to be posted here on 50Green.com     

2011 Green Home Building Predictions

Tiger Woods will win in 2011 !  

Gotta  love New Year’s lists … what happened … and what will. 
I’m betting the Golf Magazine’s forecast will come true – what about Green Home Building?

Eight Green Predictions

1.  Green Green Green

You’ll continue to hear less  –  Green – Green – Green.  People will become more “Green” with less of the Flash and Bling.  Green will become the Norm!  Coloring a cleaning liquid green won’t fool us anymore – we know more about what’s good for us. What happened to all the Hollywood Stars who were “Green” a couple of years ago?   I’m glad it’s not so fashionable but hope it doesn’t stop being COOL.    

2.  Lawyers Guns and Money

The Real Estate Crash cut off one arm of the Green Warrior – “It’s only a flesh wound !!”  Spending money on building and remodeling virtually disappeared over the last year.   If not the bottom – we are at 90% of the price reductions on real estate prices.   The massive backlog of homes will continue to be absorbed.  Banks – or others – will start lending more money…. and the real estate market will slowly start to turn around!   And … Green practices will be  a big part of the turnaround! Continue reading “2011 Green Home Building Predictions”

Portland – the Greenest City Ever???

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.

My friend Joe poses with Portland Superheros ! Continue reading “Portland – the Greenest City Ever???”

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…