Affordable Prefab Oma Village in Marin

Non-profit Homeward Bound of Marin and California-based Blu Homes recently announced a partnership to build an affordable housing project for homeless families in Marin County.  The Oma Village project will replace a former drug and alcohol rehabilitation center with a community of 14 net-zero energy one- and two-bedroom homes.

The eco-friendly homes will be built in Blu Homes’ 250,000 square-foot factory in Vallejo, California.  When finished in the Fall 2013, according to a company statement, Oma Village will help families find a way out of homelessness through education, job training, and employment.

The solar-powered homes will have access to outdoor kitchen common areas and will be built with radiant heat, high R-value walls, Energy Star appliances, reclaimed or sustainably-harvested wood, and healthy paints and finishes, etc.

A fair market rental for a two-bedroom apartment in Marin is about $1,905 per month, said Blu Homes, and these will rent from between 600 per month.  The project is supported by a significant lead gift, as well as construction loans in the total amount of $1,200,000, from the Marin Community Foundation.

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September Month in Review [Outline]

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Gaylord Hotels? ?Rooms for Good? Program to Benefit Autism Society During Month of July

Nashville, Tenn. (PRWEB) June 14, 2011

Celebrating patriotism during the month of July is a familiar American pastime, and to many, that spirit is demonstrated by giving to a worthy cause. Gaylord Hotels is offering guests a special opportunity to give back while enjoying a summer getaway, and the funds raised will enhance the lives of those affected by autism. The Autism Society has been selected as the featured charity to benefit from the brand?s Rooms for Good co-operative marketing/fundraising program. During the month of July, all Gaylord Hotels properties will donate 10 percent of the Rooms for Good package rate to the Autism Society.

?Individuals with autism and their families come to the Autism Society, a network of more than 100 chapters nationwide, because we provide support, community and assistance to those navigating an often confusing spectrum of services and supports,? said Scott Badesch, interim president & CEO of the Autism Society. ?The Autism Society is grateful to Gaylord Hotels and its guests for their generosity and support, which will help us expand our services, programs and advocacy efforts to fulfill our mission of improving the lives of all affected by autism.?

Gaylord Hotels will also use its online advertising, public relations and social media platforms to help generate more awareness for the Autism Society.

?The response so far to our Rooms for Good program has been overwhelmingly positive,? said Amy Atkinson, vice president of leisure marketing and public relations, Gaylord Hotels. ?It?s been heartwarming to learn how many of our guests are personally committed to the charities with which we?ve been working, and how they are appreciative for another chance to be philanthropic, even while they are on vacation. The Autism Society is an important organization, and we hope this partnership helps them achieve their goals.?

The Rooms for Good program features a different charity each month. In addition to raising money for non-profit organizations, Gaylord Hotels also will aim to raise awareness of the cause through traditional marketing and social media efforts. Package rates start at $ 179* per couple/per night and include one-night accommodations and breakfast for two. This special rate will be offered to guests that stay at the hotel within a specific time frame.

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KISSS America?s Water Efficient Product Is ?Smart? For Smart Irrigation Month

Longmont, CO (PRWEB) July 05, 2011

Many factors play into smart irrigation including starting with an efficient irrigation system designed to alleviate some of the problems associated with water waste such as runoff, evaporation, and overwatering. That?s one of the messages behind the Irrigation Association?s Smart Irrigation Month in July and a reason why KISSS America?s revolutionary and water-efficient subsurface capillary irrigation products are the smart choice for landscape irrigation.

?Smart irrigation practices, whether for turf, landscape, horticulture, or even green roofs, make sense for healthy plants, but more importantly make sense financially and for the planet,? Dave Hunter, President and CEO of KISSS America, said. ?KISSS products, thanks to their subsurface design and unique capillary action, put water where it?s needed most, at a plant?s roots, and eliminate the water waste seen with most above-ground systems. It?s truly smart irrigation.?

Irrigation accounts for 128,000 million gallons of water usage per day according to the United States Geological Survey?s (USGS) most recent report on estimated water use in the United States, calling attention to the importance of smart irrigation practices within the United States for agricultural, horticultural, turf, and landscape installations. The 2005 report also notes that, generally, irrigation application rates were greatest in the arid West and Mountain States where surface water was the predominant source of water used for irrigation, and surface (flood) application was the predominant method of irrigation.

First launched in 2005, Smart Irrigation Month is an Irrigation Association initiative to increase public awareness of the value of water-use efficiency. Focused on July, traditionally the month of peak demand in North America, the campaign is designed to educate users about ways to save water, encourage smart irrigation practices, help water providers minimize peak usage and reduce demand, and reinforce the role efficient irrigation plays in providing real solutions for today?s water challenges.

KISSS systems use significantly less water than a traditional sprinkler system with less power, fertilizer, and other chemicals resulting in better turf and plant quality. KISSS works by pulsing water through subsurface lateral irrigation lines to a geo-textile fabric which, using capillary action, disperses water into the soil directly to the root zone. The geo-textile fabric maintains moisture uniformity along its length and allows soil to absorb water as needed at a slower and more effective rate. The polyethylene backing on the fabric also mitigates the potential for water loss through downward percolation. With proper scheduling, KISSS will sustain an optimum soil water balance, eliminating the “feast or famine” soil moisture condition delivered by other systems.

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KISSS America, formerly Irrigation Water Technologies America, Inc., recently introduced a revolutionary, patented irrigation technology to the United States, Canada and Mexico. The KISSS system utilizes capillary action to deliver water directly to the root zone in turf, gardens, and trees. As a result, the system uses significantly less water than sprinklers and conventional drip irrigation, yet uniformly wets more soil volume. In addition to using less water, the system makes it possible to add chemicals to the root zone only, eliminating run off and pollution. The KISSS system was used in the creation of state-of-the-art living roofs at the Target Center in Minneapolis and the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Clinton facility is the first presidential library to earn an award from the U.S. Green Committee for environmental design.


September is Mold Awareness Month

Valley Forge, PA (PRWEB) September 04, 2011

Through recent storms, exceptionally rainy weather and, of course, Hurricane Irene many homes throughout the country have been exposed to excess moisture and water ? which could lead to mold growth if not handled properly. Some types of mold can be a detriment to a healthy home, leading to eye irritation, wheezing and nasal congestion. To help raise awareness, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) dedicates the month of September as National Indoor Mold Awareness Month.

To help homeowners ensure a healthy home, CertainTeed Corporation ? North America?s largest building product manufacturer ? offers the following tips:

October is Energy Awareness Month ? The Perfect Time to Increase Energy Efficiency in the Home

(PRWEB) November 03, 2011

With the colder temperatures of winter fast approaching, October ? the U.S. Department of Energy?s (DOE) Energy Awareness Month ? is an ideal time for homeowners to take steps to prepare for a more energy-efficient heating season. October leaves us with only two short months left to take advantage of federal tax credits for energy-conserving home improvements. These enhancements can also benefit homeowners by reducing their utility and maintenance costs, increasing occupant comfort and making a smaller environmental footprint.

Increasing energy efficiency can be as simple as using electrical appliances and light fixtures more conservatively or as involved as a large home improvement project. As a leading building products manufacturer, CertainTeed Corporation offers the following tips to help homeowners increase comfort and reduce utility costs, as well as qualify for up to $ 500 in tax credits.

Nick Hotel Says Thanks with Military Appreciation Month

Orlando, FL (Vocus) October 28, 2009

In honor of all U.S. military members’ service to the country, Nick Hotel is giving thanks this November with a special “Military Appreciation” program and a mix of patriotic events. The resort will feature a World War II artifact exhibit, military vehicle tour, Marines’ Birthday Celebration, daily pie brigade and more.

Military Appreciation month activities for Nickelodeon Family Suites guests include:

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May is Building Safety Month: IBHS Offers Affordable Ways to Make Your Home Safer when Disasters Strike

Tampa, FL (PRWEB) May 11, 2011

President Obama has formally declared that May is “Building Safety Month” and the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) takes this opportunity to remind all Americans that reducing the risk of damage from a variety of natural disasters can be fairly easy, effective and affordable.

Recent natural disasters, such as the historic tornadoes that ripped through Alabama, catastrophic flooding along the Mississippi River, fierce wildfires that recently burned from border to border in Texas, and the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan serve as reminders that Mother Nature is as powerful and deadly as she is unpredictable.

Last year, the U.S. experienced a record number of natural disasters, with 247 events, including a record $ 2.6 billion in winter storm losses and $ 9.5 billion in thunderstorm losses. With the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season just weeks away, now is the time for residents to take action to reduce the risk of damage to their property and protect their families.

“One of the biggest roadblocks to incorporating disaster resilience into remodeling or new home construction is the mistaken belief that it is always expensive,” said Julie Rochman, IBHS president and CEO. “However, post-catastrophe field research over many decades, as well as recent testing conducted at the multi-hazard IBHS Research Center prove that there are many effective ways to reduce property damage from natural disasters that can be affordable and, in some cases, free.”

High wind testing at the IBHS lab conducted last October demonstrated the critical role inexpensive metal straps play in keeping a home’s roof attached and the entire structure intact. The cost of the strapping for the entire two-story, 1,300 sq.ft. structure was less than $ 100. Also, wildfire ember storm testing conducted at the IBHS lab in March demonstrated that simple things like cleaning gutters, removing debris from the roof, and keeping dry vegetation away from walls can greatly reduce the chances of home ignition. Another example of low-cost, but crucial loss reduction steps can be found in IBHS’ newest guide, “Reduce Six Common Earthquake Risks for Less Than $ 70,” which offers ways to reduce earthquake damage using hardware purchased at a local hardware store or home improvement center for less than $ 70. The guide provides a list of items necessary to complete each project.

“Our research shows that it frequently does not cost a lot of money to better prepare a home to withstand natural risks,” Rochman said. “Property owners must take the time and make the effort to increase the resiliency of their home, and doing that during May is a great way to participate in National Building Safety Month.”

To arrange an interview with IBHS representatives, contact Joseph King at 813-675-1045/813-442-2845, jking(at)ibhs(dot)org or via direct message on Twitter @jsalking.

About IBHS

IBHS is an independent, nonprofit, scientific and educational organization supported by the property insurance industry. The organization works to reduce the social and economic effects of natural disasters and other risks to residential and commercial property by conducting research and advocating improved construction, maintenance and preparation practices.


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