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IN THE NEWS: From the Sink to the Garden, City Green-Lights Graywater Tests
“Palo Alto resident Sven Thesen’s garden plants are about to get a free, renewable source of water, just in time for spring. Thesen’s house, on Stanford Avenue, made a splash last fall when he and his wife invited locals, including Palo Alto Mayor Sid Espinosa, to his ultra-green home to show off the building’s cutting-edge eco-designs. Since then, he’s been working with the City of Palo Alto’s Building Services department to build out a graywater system that allows him to save water from his kitchen sink and use it in his garden.” Read more of the article from Palo Alto Patch.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Sunday, June 26, 2011
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Passive House California Launch of South Bay Chapter
Passive House California, Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC) and Plug-In America invite you to attend the inaugural meeting of Passive House California’s South Bay Chapter – featuring a Project Green Home case study, tour and electric vehicle ride-and-drive!
On Sunday, June 26, 2011 at the Tied House Brewery, Passive House Californiawill launch their new South Bay Chapter with an event that showcases a real-world example of passive house and zero-net energy building. Architect Dan Johnson and builder Josh Moore will discuss how passive house concepts were implemented in “Project Green Home,” the newly constructed home of clean energy leader Sven Thesen and family based on the European Passive House design, which is projected to exceed LEED Platinum rating by at least 20% and use zero net energy.
Space at the Tied House Brewery is limited. For your convenience, this educational presentation will take place during the Passive House meeting and at Project Green Home, details below:
Passive House California, South Bay Chapter Inaugural Meeting
Date:Sunday, June 26, 2011
Time:Meeting 3pm; Builder/ Architect Presentation 4pm
Cost:$10 for General Public, free for Passive House CA members ($40 promotional Passive House CA Membership available at the Brewery, regular price $85)
Concurrent to this event, the Thesen family is generously opening up their home for tours as a learning platform for others interested in passive house design, zero-net energy construction, water conservation, electric vehicles and sustainable living. Plug-In America will also have electric vehicles on-site for test-driving and hold a discussion on same!
Project Green Home Tour 3-7pm in Palo Alto
Date:Sunday, June 26, 2011
Time:3-7pm; Self-Guided Tour
5:30pm Plug In America Electric Vehicle Discussion
6pm Builder/ Architect Presentation
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Clean energy leader and Palo Alto resident Sven Thesen and family will open their new ultra energy-efficient home to the public and, through partnership with Plug In America, provide the opportunity to ride and drive the latest electric vehicles.
This 2,500 sq. ft. home, based on the European Passive House design, is projected to exceed LEED Platinum rating by at least 20% and use zero net energy. This will be among the first true “zero-net” homes in the state – aligning with the state’s ambitious 2020 target.
California features the greatest number of zero-net energy (ZNE) buildings in the nation, and with the introduction of ambitious new ZNE goals – all new residential construction by 2020 and all new commercial construction by 2030 – ZNE has moved beyond bold concept to reality, just as “green building” did a few short years ago.
This FREE event will feature:
- Comments from local and regional leaders, including Palo Alto Mayor Sid Espinosa
- Educational materials and resources
- Self-guided tour of this high performance 2,500 sq. ft. home
- Opportunity to ride, drive, charge, and ask questions about the latest in electric vehicles
- Complimentary food and drink
Join us for this unique opportunity to explore and learn about the benefits of ZNE building and to engage with public officials, business leaders, and members of the green building industry about the future of sustainable building practices in California.
Learn about innovations in:
- Energy efficiency
- Water conservation
- Electric vehicles and charging technologies
- Lighting systems
- Integration of renewables and electric vehicles
- Native and edible landscaping
IN THE NEWS: Palo Alto Mayor speaks at Project Green Home framing party
Sept. 11, 2010 Palo Alto Mayor Pat Burt speaking at the PGH Framing Party: “We’ve got this ongoing process of needing to create awareness and engagement and problem solving….We as a city are becoming collaborators with many other cities on best practices. We are one of six U.S. cities collaborating with six Chinese cities or sub-regions in a low-carbon cities program. You can imagine that the counterpart in China for Palo alto is about 100x the population. So that means that if we as residence are participating in best practices, and bottling them, you’ve got a multiplier impact that is much greater than what you do individually. That is really exciting, and I think that is a big part of our future.”
IN THE NEWS: California Energy Commissioner Anthony Eggert tours Project Green Home
Sunday, October 3, 2010
PGH will be the first stop on the VIP bus tour, and then it will travel from Palo Alto to Berkeley, to visit the Tahan Residence, the first attempted Passive House in California, and then up to Sonoma, to the first Certified Passive House in CA. It promises to be an informative day that includes a delicious lunch and the opportunity to network with a growing community of ‘Extreme Green’ builders, architects and energy analysts. Booking info for the Open House Tour can be found here and info on the Pre-Conference event we are hosting in conjunction with West Coast Green is available on our organizations website here.