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Wednesday, November 6, 2013
... THE CHANGE WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR!
Utah Builder Offers Affordable Net Zero Home
And, in Utah no less. There is a distinction between...
1) Net Zero SITE Energy - which these homes are, with a home generating as much energy as it uses.
2) Net Zero PRIMARY Energy - accounting for ALL the energy required in order to bring energy to a home, including the energy required at the generation plants, transmission losses, etc. PRIMARY Energy is of a greater value for a home than SITE Energy.
3) Net Zero COST - Simply, that production and utility billing structure allows that a home never gets an energy bill.
4) Net Zero CARBON - This is probably the truest of what Net-Zero should be. That a home generates enough energy to offset all the carbon that it produces through consumptive use of energy and other carbon sources (i.e. carbon produced in burning natural gas or propane.)
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Excerpt from a UCLA Study that showed "green homes" sold for an average price premium of 9% between 2007 and 2012 in California:
The residential sector accounts for 33 percent of electricity consumption in the U.S., with a total expenditure of $166 billion in 2010. Increasing the energy efficiency of the durable housing stock can thus provide significant cost savings for consumers. One promising trend is the rise of homes labeled by a third party as “green” or energy efficient. The modeled energy consumption of such homes is substantially lower as compared to conventional homes of the same vintage. This paper provides the first systematic evidence on the effects of green labels attesting to the energy efficiency and sustainability of homes on consumer choice. We conduct a hedonic pricing analysis of all single-family home sales in California over the time period 2007 to 2012, documenting that homes labeled with Energy Star, LEED or Greenpoint Rated, transact for a premium of nine percent relative to otherwise comparable, non-labeled homes. Given the large size of this effect, we explore its robustness and examine a number of different hypotheses, focusing on recovering heterogeneous effects. The results show that both environmental ideology and local climatic conditions play a role in explaining the variation in the green premium across geographies.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Monday, November 19, 2012
Well, that depends on how you heat it. Are you going to use air-source heat pumps running on electricity, will those heat pumps be working with a furnace or with ductless units in the home, will you be heating instead with natural gas or propane, how tight are the ducts, are the ducts in conditioned spaces or not, etc?
Click HERE for a great interactive calculator that will allow you to compare costs of each different type of system you might be considering for heating. It's put out by BuildingGreen.com.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
The USGBC Chapter of Colorado created this video on Greening the MLS. With the assistance of the Governor's Energy Office, 90% of Colorado now has a Green MLS. If we can get Governor Brown to follow suit, it would be a great thing. Click HERE to see The Green MLS Toolkit.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Monday, November 21, 2011
BUILDER Magazine posted an online article about the use of wood as exterior cladding on homes. We're honored that senior editor Amy Albert included 1491 Neptune in the article (see slide show slide #4) along with such other beautiful homes. If you are a fan of wood, you had better check this out! And, congrats to our architects Smyer Architecture for the credit here.
Click HERE for the article.
Monday, October 10, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
Here's a shocking wake-up call. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in your home!
If you have a Kidde, First Alert, Pro-Tech or any other UL-2034 or CA-6.19 listed Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarm in your home (if you have any CO Alarm, this most likely means you do have one of these) look at the product liability disclaimer for the product. It will clearly say that you are not protected from Chronic Low Level CO Poisoning.
So, what's going on here? Your typical CO Alarm will notify you when you reach a lethal level of CO, generally considered 35ppm (parts per million.) But that's the lethal level. CO poisoning occurs at levels lower than that. Even the EPA dictates that exposure to CO levels of 9ppm or more for more than 8-hours results in poisoning.
CO is produced by inefficient/incomplete gas combustion. Appliances, such as furnaces, water heaters, and ovens/burners, produce CO. An example of how CO is being produced in my home: The burners on my stove each produce between 4-11ppm of CO, but my oven is producing 200ppm. Without a fan on or windows open while cooking, all this CO goes into the ambient air of our home and generally stays there. What does it do? Here is the data from the EPA:
At low concentrations, fatigue in healthy people and chest pain in people with heart disease. At higher concentrations, impaired vision and coordination; headaches; dizziness; confusion; nausea. Can cause flu-like symptoms that clear up after leaving home. Fatal at very high concentrations. Acute effects are due to the formation of carboxyhemoglobin in the blood, which inhibits oxygen intake. At moderate concentrations, angina, impaired vision, and reduced brain function may result. At higher concentrations, CO exposure can be fatal.
I'm scared to test our furnace (installed in 1948) to see how much CO it produces! Is it any wonder I need extra cups of coffee when I wake up in the morning?!
There is only one company that I know of that sells CO Alarms that will provide you monitoring to levels that are toxic (not just lethal levels.) They have a terrible website, so don't judge the book by its cover:
Thursday, August 4, 2011
These studies indicate that homebuyers are valuing the benefits of a green home – comfort, quality and energy efficiency – more than ever, and are looking for the assurance a green label can provide.
Monday, June 20, 2011
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Monday, June 13, 2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Click on the logo above to get to the REGREEN website to learn more and utilize the fantastic tools they have available to homeowners and remodelers. You can see the list of people in San Diego who have achieved REGREEN Trained certification by clicking: HERE
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
"Air2Water products are best described as atmospheric water generators (AWG). Air2Water AWG units use technology (developed and patented by Worldwide Water, Inc.) that extracts clean drinking water from the air. The unit first pulls air through an electrostatic filter removing 93% of all air borne particles. As it collects water drops into a collection tray and immediately passes into Ultraviolet (UV) light, where the water stays in contact with UV rays killing germs and bacteria in the water. The water is then pumped through a sediment screen into a water pump and through a series of solid carbon block, UF or no waste R/O water filters. The water is then re-circulated through UV or treated by ozonation. It is then circulated back into the dispensing tanks. Finally, the water is chilled or heated and dispensed to the consumer."
Saturday, April 30, 2011
What does this mean to you? If you work to save electricity just a little bit through energy conservation, or produce just a little bit of electricity with a small Photovoltaic Solar system, you can shave off a proportionately greater portion of your electricity bill. Note, the key words here are "just a little bit." Its a generalization, but the more you do to either conserve or produce electricity, the more you receive diminishing returns on your investments. Eventually you start doing it for altruistic reasons than for financial reasons. The goal, really, is to shave off billing in the top two tiers of your electricity bill.
A rough example: In a month if our electricity bill is $269, and we shave off 20% of our electricity use by then conserving and/or producing electricity, the same bill would be $202 which means we saved 25% on our electricity bill.
Bottom line, you don't really need to make a huge investment in energy conservation or production to make a big difference on your electricity bills, nor would you really want to make that investment because of the poorer return on your investment and "payback" time on that investment. There are plenty of ways you can inexpensively change your approaches to lighting and that can have a profound effect on your bill, for example, and/or you can put in a small solar PV system to send electricity back into the grid. If "going green" is to really succeed, the economics have to make sense to people!
Monday, April 18, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Yesterday we received in the mail the April "Green" edition of San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles Magazine. They wrote an excellent article on the project at 1491 Neptune Avenue. Thanks very much to all the folks at SDHG. You can read the article online by going to the link from their homepage:http://www.sdhg.net/
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Each year, roughly 2.5 million tons of waste carpet reaches landfills in the US. This accounts for almost 3% of total landfill space. Currently, less than 1% of this carpet is being recycled. There is a great company in San Diego that recycles both carpet and carpet padding. Check them out by clicking here: A+ Carpet Recycling
Friday, February 11, 2011
We've just entered all the required information for San Diego's biggest Energy Efficiency Awards for 1491 Neptune, the ENERGY ALL-STAR AWARDS. The competition is administered by the California Center for Sustainable Energy. Awards will be announced on March 31st. Crossing our fingers, as this would be a great one to win!
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
We today received the news that 1491 Neptune received its GreenPointRATED certification from "Build It Green". This makes the home the first in San Diego to receive both LEED for Homes certification as well as GreenPointRATED certification. Many thanks go to Property Pros, and in particular Marianna Sparks and Carol Roberts, who were our "Certified GreenPoint Raters" and who donated much time and effort towards the project's efforts go get the certification.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Encinitas PATCH recently posted an nice article on 1491 Neptune. The post in this community news and information site includes photos and a video they made. I'm going to have to practice this video/interview thing, I have a difficult time with it. I even messed up saying what LEED stands for! Click HERE to see the article, photos, and video.
Monday, January 31, 2011
Unsurprisingly, NASA has built the federal government's most sustainable building: an ultra-green experimental building, a space station on Earth, dubbed "Sustainability Base" in Moffett, California.
It's not surprising that forward-looking NASA recently set out to build the federal government's most sustainable building. What is surprising, however, is that this ultra-green experimental building, dubbed the Sustainability Base, will open its doors in May of this year—just two years after construction began.
NASA's had a number of requirements for its $20.6 million, Ames Research Center-based building: a healthy working environment, excellent air quality and natural light, low energy use, intelligent controls, a flexible building system, the integration of NASA's emerging technology, and the most challenging requirement of all—LEED Platinum status as a baseline for sustainability.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
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Sunday, November 14, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
ArtHaus has become a proud member of the Green Chamber of San Diego County. We hope to help them host an event in the new year at 1491 Neptune Ave. Stay tuned! Find out more about the Green Chamber at: GreenChamberSD.com
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Sign up for the GREEN HOMES TOUR on Sunday, November 7th! This is a rare opportunity, please don't miss out. 1491 Neptune will be on the tour. Please share this with anyone you think would also be interested in the event. To find out more about the event and to register, click here: INFO AND REGISTRATION
Monday, October 25, 2010
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Thursday, October 7, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010
- Outstanding Commitment to LEED for Homes - This award recognizes a builder for outstanding commitment to achieving LEED for Homes certification.
- 2010 LEED for Homes Project of the Year - This award recognizes a LEED for Homes certified project for outstanding performance in the LEED for Homes Rating System, and particular innovation above and beyond the scope, requirements, and prerequisites of LEED.
Outstanding Single Family Project - This award recognizes a single family project for outstanding performance in the LEED for Homes Rating System.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
We've just received new images from the latest photographer to shoot the project, Darren Edwards. They're fantastic and we're very pleased with the results. The images also show off the staging work by HOLD IT Contemporary Home, San Diego's finest contemporary home furnishings store.
See more of Darren's work at: www.DarrenEdwards.com
And also check out: www.HoldItHome.com
Friday, September 10, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Today I was interviewed by Interiorscape Magazine for an article they are doing on Jim Mumford and his company Greenscaped Buildings. Greenscaped Buildings installed the green roofs at 1491 Neptune (see post Dec.12 2009) The magazine would like to feature our green roofs as part of the article, and of course had plenty of questions for me to answer. We're looking forward to seeing the article when it comes out. Both green roofs are filling in very nicely and are looking fantastic. We're very pleased with the result and we're looking forward to putting more green roofs on our homes yet to be built.
Friday, July 30, 2010
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Our cabinet maker, Pete Vivian of Artistic Freedom Designs, invited his friend Mike Hearon to come shoot the project a few weeks ago. Mike is a professional photographer who specializes in architectural photography. He flew all the way from New Jersey for the shoot, and we feel honored that he made the trip and came up with such fantastic images... a few of which can be seen here (click on each image to enlarge.) We'll be posting all of them on our website www.ArtHausHome.com on the Projects page for 1491 Neptune Ave. Check out Mike's Website at www.MikeHearon.com. Thanks Mike!
Thursday, March 25, 2010
At last week's Decorative Concrete Decor Show held in Phoenix, 17-19 March, Jack Cooper of JAX Custom Surfaces won a first place award for his entry of our concrete stair treads in the "6th Annual Members Circle of Distinction Design Challenge." Jack received this award for the category:
Friday, February 26, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
Late yesterday afternoon Ramona D'Viola of ilumus photography came by to do our first photo shoot of 1491 Neptune Ave. I had never seen an evening architectural photo shoot before, so it was a great learning experience. As you can see from this shot the results are fabulous (click on the image to enlarge.) We'll be using Ramona's photos for all of our promotional and informational efforts. Thank you Ramona! Please visit ilumus photography's website to see more of Ramona's incredible work at: www.ilumus.com
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
We finished our second pour on the concrete steps on Sunday (thanks to the crew at Tudor Construction and our finisher Kerry) and they look fantastic. Jeff of Wet Paint applied the sealer today to our Ipe porches (made with Ipe certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council.) It's all coming along nicely in the front. Tomorrow we have plants delivered, and our "Coyote Gold" decomposed granite comes on Thursday. By week's end there will be quite a transformation to the exterior.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
We're excited that our two Green Roofs at 1491 Neptune have finally been installed. These are before and after images of the Green Roof area off of the master bedroom deck (above the garage.) Many thanks go to our friends at GreenScaped Buildings for being Project Sponsors and for doing such a fabulous job. Hopefully all the vegetation fills in quickly in the next few months. Green Roofs are important for reducing stormwater runoff, reducing heat-island effects of roof areas, and for reducing the heating & cooling requirements of buildings (which provides for greater energy efficiency.)
Monday, December 21, 2009
The November issue of International Bath & Tile's eNewsletter featured the master bathroom at 1491 Neptune as their "Bathroom of the Month". To see photos and read the interview with us, go to: INTERNATIONAL BATH AND TILE's eNEWSLETTER for November 2009