East Coast Passivhaus with a Green Roof

As of today, the first house designed and built to the Passivhaus standard in Arlington is now on the market.  The million-dollar home — referred to as the Arlington Passivhaus — was built by Southern Exposure Homes, a builder run by brothers Eric and Roger Lin, with an emphasis on airtightness and energy efficiency.  But there’s also a 700-square-foot green roof, contemporary interior finishes, and landscape that reduces stormwater runoff.

Arlington Passivhaus was built with Neopor EPS SIPs, Intus triple-pane windows, and an exterior of fiber cement, precast concrete, and synthetic stucco (EIFS).

The interior is outfitted with Energy Star appliances, WaterSense fixtures, LED and CFL lighting, an energy recovery ventilator, a heat-pump water heater, mini-split HVAC system, low- and zero-VOC paints and adhesives, bamboo floors, and no-added formaldehyde cabinets, etc.

If you’re into the technical detail, Southern Exposure Homes shared an abundance of photos from construction on everything relating to air sealing, window installation, and other aspects of pursuing Passivhaus requirements.  In case you were wondering, Arlington Passivhaus tested favorably with 0.52 ACH @ 50 Pascals.

Southern Exposure Homes retained Zavos Architecture + Design for the design and Scott Brinitzer Design Associates for the landscaping.

The home has about 3,800 square feet with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and a two-car garage.  The garage is EV ready and the roof is solar ready.

Arlington Passivhaus just hit the market under ML #AR7862601 with a current asking price of $1,249,900.  There’s an open house this Saturday, June 16, 2012, from 1-4 pm, for anyone in the Arlington/D.C. area — the green home is located at 4616 8th Street S., Arlington, Virginia, 22204.

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New Solar Tower Generates Power 24/7

Everyone wants a solar plant that can generate power 24/7, in fact some consider the ability to generate solar power at night the Holy Grail. Well, time to drink of the healing water because a Spanish solar plant has found a way to make a solar plant generate power throughout the night – using energy storage.

The massive solar plant takes up 457 acres of beautiful Spanish countryside. However, it puts these acres to good use placing large mirrors in circles around a central tower at which they can direct their sunlight.

The development of the project was done Torresol Energy – a joint project done by the energy companies Sener and Masdar. The technology is different from many other focused solar thermal plants. Instead of heating and burning oil the Gemsolar plant heats molten salt. As the salt heats up it gives off steam that is then used to power a turbine. The brilliant part about the design is that the intense amount of heat directed to the molten salt will create a lot of excess heat which can then be stored in a molten salt tank to be used for power during the night – or when the weather gets cloudy.

Due to the fact that no fuel is burned, the solar plant will likely save close to 30,000 in carbon emissions each year. It will do this while producing close to 20 megawatts of energy and providing 27,500 households in Southern Spain with clean solar power.

Perhaps the most exciting part about this is that the technology will likely come to the United State sand other major countries soon. I should have more information on the specifics in the coming days or weeks.

The new mass solar plant designs are innovative, but not a replacement for the older rooftop solar panels. All these are necessary to power our society. Any new form of clean energy must be welcomed into the fold. Let us hope this new tower rises over countryside’s everywhere soon.

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How to Upgrade to Solar in Southern California for Less Than the Cost of Replacing Lightbulbs

Orange, CA (PRWEB) March 23, 2011

Upgrading lightbulbs from incandescent to CFL or LED is a great way to save money and be green. There is an easier way to have even more impact – by upgrading to solar power at no cost. Really.

Here’s are the requirements.

A homeowner in Southern California with either Southern California Edison or Pacific Gas and Electric.
A flat roof or a pitched roof that faces East, West or preferably South
Have enough square feet on your roof (about the size of a living room).
The roof does not have trees or anything shading
Good credit.

It’s possible ever since Southern California’s largest installer Verengo Solar has partnered with SunRun. SunRun won the 2010 Clean Tech Crunchies (http://techcrunch.com/2010/01/08/crunchies-winner/) for introducing the first residential solar Power Purchase Agreement (or PPA). A PPA is how residences currently buy electricity from their utility.

The traditional way to buy solar was to buy an entire solar power station – paying for everything upfront. What Verengo Solar and SunRun provide is a Residential Solar PPA that removes the upfront cost of solar. Instead of buying a whole power station, the homeowner – that meets the basic requirements above – will just buy the solar power they need by the kilowatt-hour, at a better rate than they are paying now. In effect SunRun is providing a solar power station on the residence for the privilege of being able to sell the solar electricity direct to the consumer. All the consumer has to pay for is the electricity they use from the system at a lower rate than they are currently paying.

Over five thousand people have already taken advantage of this revolutionary idea in California.

The advantages

Start for nothing or a small fee
Pay only for the power consumed
Control your electricity and cost
Increase the homes marketability and value

Risk is removed because:

They select the panels and equipment
They install the system
They monitor and maintain the system
They insure the system, and guarantee its output

But it’s not forever…

Only progressive governments allow clean energy competition with traditional electricity providers make this possible, now. That could change. For example, the Arizona solar policy was created under the former Governor Napolitano. It is only a matter of time before it gets overturned.

What is the next step?

Homeowners in Southern California can contact James Crossman of Verengo Solar by email jcrossman(at)goverengo(dot)com or call 424-241-0625 or fill out the Internet form at http://tinyurl.com/Verengo. He can provide a no obligation assessment of a consumer’s home, power usage and site. If the numbers make sense to the homeowner, James Crossman and his team at Verengo Solar will handle all the paperwork and oversee the process. Most solar installations take less than 2 days.

So which sounds better some boring new light bulbs or decades of clean solar power from a shiny new solar roof? Because now there is a way go solar for less than the cost of upgrading a home to CFL or LED light bulbs.

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New Family FunPass Makes it Easier and More Affordable for Local Families to Have Fun in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Francisco and Southern CA

Boston, MA (PRWEB) July 13, 2011

Smart Destinations, the leading provider of multi-attraction passes designed to save travelers time and money, today announced the launch of its Family FunPass, an attraction pass designed for families who want to have fun at nearby attractions, while saving money. Available for seven U.S. destinations, including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Francisco and Southern California, the new Family FunPass provides discounted entry to four of the most popular family attractions in each city, plus valuable perks like skip-the-line privileges.

The Family FunPass is all a family needs to beat the heat and enjoy favorite summer attractions together? while saving more than 20 percent off the cost of individually priced admission. The pass is active for 60 days from first use, allowing busy families to visit all four attractions at their convenience, throughout the summer and even into the school year.

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As Santa Ana Winds Bring Wildfire Risk to Southern California, IBHS Offers Important Tips to Reduce Wildfire Losses

Tampa, FL (PRWEB) December 05, 2011

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) reminds property owners in Southern California that wildfires are one of the biggest threats posed by Santa Ana winds.

According to the National Weather Service, Southern California will receive another powerful blast of Santa Ana winds today with gusts reaching over 60 mph.

?Santa Ana winds are generally warm and dry, creating tinderbox conditions, but even when temperatures are cooler, they can be a problem? said Dr. Steve Quarles, senior scientist at IBHS. ?From a wildfire risk perspective, when these winds are blowing, there is rapid fire spread and the fire is very difficult to control.?

Santa Ana winds were blamed for fueling the fast-moving Witch Creek Mega-Fire in San Diego County in October 2007, which ultimately caused $ 1 billion in property damage. The Witch Creek Fire and other significant wildfires in Southern California have destroyed thousands of residential and commercial properties in the past several years.

There are three threats or exposures that a building can experience during a wildfire: windborne embers (also known as firebrands); radiant heat; and, direct flame contact. When considering the vulnerability of a home or business to wildfire, property owners should evaluate and address all of these potential exposures, and work to reduce vulnerability to each.

?Ember exposure is considered the most important risk, because most building ignitions have been attributed to them,? said Dr. Quarles. ?Embers can ignite building components and contents directly, or ignite vegetation and other combustible items adjacent to or near a building. This then can result in a radiant heat and/or direct flame contact exposure.

?Homes built on, or at the top of, a slope can be more vulnerable to wildfire because of increased fire threat resulting from fire burning up a slope and the elevated wind speeds during Santa Ana conditions. In this case, avoiding direct flame contact exposure may require increased defensible space around the home,? Quarles explained.

Fortunately, it is possible to significantly reduce the likelihood of damage from a wildfire. IBHS provides residents and business owners with a Wildfire Retrofit Guide ? Southern California Edition, which addresses the unique building styles and characteristics found in that area. The guide also includes information about how to create a wildfire-resistant landscape. Property owners can use the Wildfire Risk Assessment Checklist at the end of the guide to determine the retrofit projects they want to undertake, and use the cost estimator in the checklist to help prioritize the projects they can do now and those that should be part of future maintenance and renovations.

In March, IBHS conducted the first-ever full-scale wildfire ember storm demonstration at the IBHS Research Center in South Carolina. This demonstration was part of a building science initiative designed to illustrate how easily some commonly used materials and items near or on houses can ignite from embers, and what homeowners can do to better protect their homes.

For example, property owners can prepare for wildfires by cleaning up dead vegetation around the property, in gutters and on the roof. Find out other ways to reduce wildfire risk with guidance from IBHS at http://www.disastersafety.org/wildfire.

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

Visit http://www.DisasterSafety.org for more information about how to make your buildings more resistant to a variety of disasters, big and small. Follow IBHS on Twitter at @DisasterSafety and on Facebook.

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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Empire Brings Solar Solutions to Los Angeles & Southern California

Los Angeles (PRWEB) October 1, 2007

Empire Solar Solutions (http://www.empire-solar.com), specializing in providing solar electric systems to residential and small commercial consumers that desire to capitalize on the environmental and economic benefits of renewable resources, announces it is bringing its services to the greater Los Angeles area. Empire Solar Solutions is an affiliated partner company of Empire Today, one of the Nation’s leading home improvement companies – ranked one of the Top 200 Brands in the U.S. by Advertising Age, and an award winner for exceptional customer service and business ethics.

In late 2006, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislature on the Million Solar Roofs Plan, aimed to make California the nation’s leader in solar energy. Under the plan, consumers who install solar panels on their homes and businesses are eligible for significant rebates. Tax incentives also are available for those installing solar solutions.

“When I ran for governor, I vowed to make the environment the centerpiece of my administration and turn back the clock on pollution,” said Gov. Schwarzenegger in a statement released by the Governor’s office.

“California is in a position to lead the nation in setting the trend to maximize the advantages of solar energy. You can save money on your monthly electric bill, get a tax credit, and help preserve the environment simply by taking advantage of solar solutions,” says Joe Cannon, Vice President of Empire Solar Solutions.

According to a report by the Associated Press, California is targeted to become a world leader in solar power, and has approved approximately $ 3 billion in customer rebates over the next decade to encourage people to install solar panels on their roofs. The initiative allocates $ 2.5 billion in rebates for existing homes and businesses that install solar panels. An additional $ 350 million in rebates will be offered for solar installations on new homes.

Empire Solar Solutions is the first major brand name specialty solar provider to makes solar solutions easily accessible for consumers and small businesses. Empire Solar Solutions’ Los Angeles area office will service Southern California including: Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino, Riverside, and Northern San Diego counties.

Empire Solar Solutions comes directly to the consumer’s home for a convenient, free solar analysis. Empire experts assess energy use on-site and identify target areas to improve energy efficiency, then design a system specific to the consumer’s needs. Empire administers all permitting and rebate applications, and procures and installs the recommended quality system utilizing trusted name-brand components.

Fulfilling a full-scope commitment to energy efficiency and customer satisfaction, Empire schedules a complimentary one year system check-up and cleaning for every solar system installation.

“With high energy prices, rolling blackouts, and growing air pollution problems, everyone in California will benefit from the building of a million solar roofs in the next ten years,” said Bernadette Del Chiaro, Clean Energy Advocate with Environment California, the leading sponsor of the Million Solar Roofs bill.

Mainstream consumers in Southern California and around the globe have been motivated to explore the environmental and economic benefits of solar energy by Al Gore’s 2006 Academy Award-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth; Leonardo DiCaprio’s 2007 documentary The 11th Hour featuring the input of Mikhail Gorbachev, physicist Stephen Hawking, journalist Paul Hawken, and Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai; and the ongoing environmental activism of Ed Begley Jr. as documented in the HGTV series Living With Ed.

A report by Environment California shows that installation of just 100,000 solar roofs in Los Angeles would cut global warming pollution by 300,000 tons per year, and reduce smog forming pollution by 90,000 pounds per year.

In order to bring solar power as a convenient, affordable option to residents and businesses throughout Southern California, Empire Solar Solutions is offering consumers a free in-home solar assessment by a professional Empire consultant to analyze the specific energy usage of each home or businesses and design a solar system specific to meeting those individual needs.

Further, in addition to State and Federal incentives to help cut overall costs on installing an Empire solar solution, Empire offers attractive financing packages including deferred financing and low, affordable prices.

Empire Solar Solutions uses experienced, licensed, certified installers, backed by world class customer service. A free checkup and cleaning of systems is offered after the first year.

To schedule a free in-home solar assessment, contact Empire Solar Solutions at (888) 588-2390, or visit: http://www.empire-solar.com.

About Empire Solar Solution:

Empire Solar Solutions is a solar integrator that specializes in providing solar electric systems to residential and small commercial customers. Empire Solar Solutions provides customers with simple, full-service installations from assessing the customer’s energy usage; to designing and installing a photovoltaic system to best address their energy needs. Visit: http://www.empire-solar.com

About Empire Today:

Empire Today, LLC (Empire Today) is a leading provider of installed Home Furnishings and Home Improvements, with over one million satisfied customers. Empire Today’s ever expanding line of quality home products includes: Carpet, Wood Flooring, Laminate Flooring, Ceramic Flooring, Window Treatments, Bath Liners, Shower Enclosures, Custom Windows, Vinyl Siding, and No Clog Gutters

Bee Season Has Arrived: Southern California Bee Removal Service Offers Humane Alternative to Extermination

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) July 21, 2009

Southern California bee removal service, Bee Catchers, http://www.beecatcherssocal.com , advises that warm temperatures and nice weather is signaling the beginning of bee season. In Southern California, bee season can extend well into October. When faced with a hive in or around the house, Bee Catchers says home and business owners might want think twice before calling an exterminator to eliminate a bee problem. Bee Catchers can relocate hives instead of exterminating them.

“Bee Catchers removes bees from areas where they can be potentially harmful to the general public, keeping you and your family safe, and at the same time, maintaining an ecological balance vital to everyone’s survival,” says Nicole Downs, owner of Bee Catchers. “This is why we prefer to take care of honey bees through our live bee removal and relocation service, rather than eradication. We do our best to keep the population of pollinating honey bees stable while removing them.”

That’s what sets Bee Catchers apart from other bee control companies. In addition, all its technicians are licensed, uniformed and trained in pest /bee management.

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Rebuilding Together Southern Nevada Volunteers and Community Partners Unite to Repair and Renovate Homes in Support of National Rebuilding Day

Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) April 22, 2011

As foreclosures continue to impact the Las Vegas housing market, Rebuilding Together Southern Nevada – the local affiliate of the nation’s leading nonprofit working to preserve affordable home ownership – will renovate and repair the homes and lives of low-income homeowners throughout Southern Nevada in support of National Rebuilding Day, on April 30, 2011.

Held annually on the last Saturday of April, National Rebuilding Day is the signature event of Rebuilding Together that highlights the time and expertise the organization dedicates year-round to rebuilding property values and stabilizing communities. As a part of the organization’s mission, its nearly 200 affiliates located in 43 cities throughout the country, plan projects and brings national attention to the plight of America’s low-income homeowners and the communities where they live.

Rebuilding Together Southern Nevada and its community partners and 1,500 local volunteers will complete much needed repairs and renovations to 26 homes of low-income elderly, disabled, veterans and multi-generational family homeowners located in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson and Clark County, in just a single day.

As part of the organization’s mission to preserve affordable home ownership and stabilize communities, Rebuilding Together Southern Nevada began its 2011 home repair and renovation season in March working on more than 50 homes, with an anticipated completion date of summer 2011.

“Every homeowner wants to live in a house that feels comfortable and safe,” said Cynthia Baca, Executive Director of Rebuilding Together Southern Nevada. “Proudly, the work we do, along with our volunteers and community partners, allows families to remain in their homes. That is an important contribution toward rebuilding our communities that, with time and continued community support, lowers the abandoned home and urban blight caused by foreclosures throughout Southern Nevada.”

More than 40 sponsors not only financially support Rebuilding Together Southern Nevada and National Rebuilding Day each year, but also mobilize their employees, who volunteer to provide repair support at various skill levels from exterior clean-up and painting to small exterior repairs. Emergency repairs such as roofing, electrical and plumbing are performed by licensed contractors paid by the local affiliate.

Since1994, Rebuilding Together Southern Nevada has renovated and rehabilitated more the 6,500 homes throughout Southern Nevada, ensuring that low-income homeowner’s in Las Vegas are given the opportunity to live in safe and healthy homes.

For more information on volunteer opportunities for National Rebuilding Day in Southern Nevada, contact the office at 702.259.4900

About Rebuilding Together Southern Nevada:

Rebuilding Together Southern Nevada has been working with the community since 1994, to preserve affordable homeownership by bringing volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners throughout Las Vegas. Since its inception, the organization and its 1,500 community volunteers have renovated and rehabilitated more than 6,500 homes of low-income homeowners, particularly the elderly, disabled, veteran, and families with children, so that they may continue to live safe and independent lives.


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Roof-A-Cide™ Makes Algae-Stained Roofs and Premature Replacement a Thing of the Past in Southern New Jersey

Marlton, NJ (PRWEB) October 9, 2005

Roof-A-Cide™ is an EPA approved algaecide / fungicide specifically designed and approved for use on roof surfaces. Roof-A-Cide™ is safe to work with, safe for the roof, and safe for landscaping. Roof-A-Cide™ has been used successfully on over 70,000 properties to date throughout the Southeast. Roof-A-Cide has Authorized Applicators in Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia and now New Jersey.

Roof-A-Cide™ has been approved for use by GAF Materials, the largest shingle manufacturer in the United States and will inhibit the growth of dark algae stains for years with each treatment. Preventative treatments generally take 30 minutes or less and a roof treated with Roof-A-Cide™ every few years will remain free and clear of unsightly algae and fungus growth for the life of the roof.

Sierra Construction Group can be reached at 856/596-3003 for a fast, free estimate on cleaning and stain prevention, as well as all phases of roof installation and maintenance.

For additional information about Roof-A-Cide products or Applicator Opportunities, contact us at our Palm City office: 800/806-6727, or on the internet by typing: http://www.Roof-A-Cide.com.


Green Roof Blocks™ Expands Green Roof Program At Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) October 7, 2005

Green Roof Blocks™, makers of a portable self-contained green roof system, recently donated an additional 108 units of its product to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). The addition to the green roof experiment was installed on the SIUE Engineering Building on September 20.

The university is utilizing the green roof system for research purposes and is part of an eventual 1000 Green Roof Block™ system. Green Roofs are vegetated roof covers that help to reduce energy consumption and costs, decrease storm water runoff, and preserve the life of roof materials. Individual Green Roof Blocks™ cover four square feet of roof surface and contain a growth medium with drought resistant plants.

The installation follows an initial 16 Green Roof Block™ installation on the SIUE Engineering Building on July 20. The Green Roof experiment is a collaborative effort between Green Roof Blocks™, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, G.R.E.E.N. (Green Roof Environmental Evaluation Network) , The University of Georgia, and The University of Missouri at Columbia.

The research project was coordinated by Kelly Luckett, president of Green Roof Blocks™ and is being directed by Dr. William Retzlaff of the SIUE Environmental Sciences Program. Plant growth, performance, roof coverage and thermal characteristics will be evaluated over the next 2 years. Research outcomes will be shared with those wishing to establish commercial green roof installations.

Green Roof Blocks™ is a subsidiary of St. Louis Metalworks, with offices located at 11701 New Halls Ferry Rd., Florissant, MO 63033. The company maintains a web site at, http://www.greenroofblocks.com and media site at, http://www.greenroofsmedia.com .