2006 - [Sustainable Concepts] Building Green TV and Solar Tours
2006, vol. 43
Welcome to the October 2006 newsletter from Design Forward.
Please take some time to enjoy this month's features.
Quote of the Month: "The use of solar energy has not been
opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun."
Lisa A. Swan
York Eco-friendly home
Last year Bill and Ann Reilly didn't spend a cent
for fuel or electricity for their 3,200-square-foot
house. In fact, Central Hudson sent them a check for
about $24 for money owed for unused electricity.
That's because their ranch house in Hyde Park was built
to maximize energy efficiency while focusing on environmentally
sound principles, referred to as green building.
"I wanted a house that was going to be environmentally
friendly and also cheap to operate," Bill Reilly said.
Surely, that's what he and his wife got, for last year
the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
rated their home a 93.3, the highest efficiency rating
ever for a residence in New York state, Reilly said.
The home's exterior walls are made of insulated concrete
forms, where stacked hollow blocks of expanded polystyrene
are fitted with rebar and then filled with poured concrete.
Not only are the walls exceptionally strong, but they're
also highly effective insulators.
Sunshine Tartter of J.O.Y. Enterprises and Hudson Valley
Green Builders in LaGrangeville, the companies that
provided and built the ICF walls, said her goal is providing
homeowners with highly energy-efficient, sustainable
"Homeowners are becoming more and more aware of the
fact that an energy-efficient home is doable, it's important,"
Article By Karen Maserjian Shan © Poughkeepsie Journal
The Reilly Home will be featured as part of the
Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) Green Building
Tour this weekend.
Producers Michael Mattioli and Kevin Contreras of
Special Finish Films, present Building Green, the home
improvement television series about creating gorgeous
homes that are healthier, more energy efficient, and
better for the environment. Every phase of sustainable
construction is presented by host Kevin Contreras, who
explores green building from all angles, sharing and
showing lots of in-depth and how-to information on building
greener homes. Natural home products and techniques
like straw bale construction are covered in detail as
an example of the infinite ways to build a healthy house.
Segments like "$aving Green" and "Easy Steps" show viewers
what they can do in real world circumstances to make
choices to build green.
The first season of Building Green will be offered
to PBS stations across the country to premiere in October,
Article & Picture © buildinggreentv.com
Angeles Solar Homes Tour 2006
October 7 and Sunday October 8, 2006 from 10 AM to 4
A unique opportunity to see some unique homes! These
members of the Eco-Home Network open their homes to
share their approaches to sustainable living. Learn
first hand about practical steps you can take to reduce
ecological footprints in our fragile Southern California
Environment. Five homes, Five approaches on this self-guided
Visitors will follow a written Self-Tour through the
gardens and house, explaining the different environmental
products, systems and practices at Eco-Home that you
can apply in your own homes including a solar hot water
system and two photovoltaic (solar electric) systems.
Eco-Home runs entirely on solar-generated electricity
during the day.
Requested donation is $5, a 50% discount off the regular
guided Eco-Home tours.
For more information, call (323) 662-5207.
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