Careful Planning Is Required For a LEED Platinum Home – The Same As An Incredible Work Of Art

ChuckLohre Green Home Tour, LEED AP for Homes Class, LEED for Homes

Typically a LEED Platinum Home needs a rainwater catchment system and solar panels to achieve the required number of points. Two things you can’t add on at the end without huge cost overruns. Besides doing everything right the first time with regard to the U.S. Green building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certification, the Skurow’s also put on …

Wall Street Journal Recycling article

Recycling Rethink: What to Do With Trash Now That China Won’t Take It

ChuckLohre Life Without Plastic, Package Free, Wall Street Journal

“No waste” is the new cool thing to do. A friend of ours reveled in the fact that she had just moved without recycling any of her cardboard boxes! Our Instagram feed is focused on the “Life Without Plastic” and “Package Free” solutions to a zero-waste life. This article today in the journal points up the bad facts about what …

Consumer Reports Soalr Panels

How to Get a Solar Tax Credit in 2020 – Article review from Consumer Reports

ChuckLohre Consumer Reports, Solar Panels

The IRS is still offering incentives for switching to solar. Here’s how much you could save on your taxes and electricity bill. By Tobie Stanger Solar panels on a red-tile roof Read the entire article here: https://www.consumerreports.org/solar-panels/how-to-get-a-solar-tax-credit Solar-panel companies are aggressively marketing their products this season. In my own neighborhood in a New York City suburb, door-to-door salespeople have been …

Kendela Building

Cradle-To-Cradle and Living Building Challenge Define the Building of the Future

ChuckLohre Aquacell, Kendeda Building, Mecho

We had two great presentations last week on buildings that are so focused on no-carbon that they are made of wood and recycle water. The most sustainable building in the southwest, Kendeda. From a Greenbuild 2019 presentation. “Are something that people was very skeptical that could be done in the Southeast. And we’re pretty sure we’re going to hit the …

Solar Window - Electricity generated from a clear exterior window.

Solar Windows and How They Can Make Buildings Net Zero – Greenbuild 2019

ChuckLohre Greenbuild

At Greenbuild 2019 last week we learned about many new products that will help buildings to be completely independent of the energy grid. Most solutions included solar panels and battery systems. Of course you have to start with a very well designed building with particular attention to the details of insulation and air tight sealing. The following are interviews of …

Foobot

Air Quality Sensors to Meet ARC Requirements – Greenbuild 2019

ChuckLohre Airthinx, Archives, Foobot, Greenbuild, Kaiterra

ARC is the U.S. Greenbuilding Council’s carbon footprint monitoring online program. For about $360 dollars a year any building can subscribe and start tracking their carbon footprint. Once a year’s worth of data is recorded the project can consider getting Certified a LEED building with the Operations and Maintenance requirements. If the building is achieving 40 points for LEED Silver …

ARC Can Help Any Building Take First Steps to be Carbon Zero

ARC Can Help Any Building Take First Steps to be Carbon Zero, Greenbuild 2019

ChuckLohre ARC Carbon Footprint, Greenbuild

An interview with the folks at the ARC booth at Greenbuild 2019. Gautami: Hi everyone. My name is Gautami. I’m an architect and currently with Arc Skoru. We’re a technology company that gives you a score based on your environmental performance. Rajiv: Hi, my name is Rajiv. I’m Director of Technology for Arc. And Arc is really a great platform …

President Obama at Greenbuild 2019

President Obama Offers Hope at Greenbuild 2019

ChuckLohre Greenbuild

President Obama was the Keynote speaker on the first day of Greenbuild, the sustainable building and environmental education expo and conference from the U.S. Green Building Council, in Atlanta thru Friday. Here are some video snippets and the transcriptions. Unintended Consequences – President Obama’s Reflections at Greenbuild 2019 President Obama remembers his childhood and how it shaped his Sustainable Journey, …

Is There a Cure for My Climate Grief?, Hokyoung Kim

Apocalypse Got You Down? Maybe This Will Help – Searching for a cure for my climate crisis grief.

ChuckLohre Cara Buckley, New York Times

By Cara Buckley Ms. Buckley is a reporter for The Times. Nov. 15, 20197 One day early this fall, 19 people gathered in a small event space in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and sat in a circle. They included an immigration lawyer, a therapist, an Extinction Rebellion protester, an artist and me. Outside, it was cloudlessly sunny and hot in a …