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To continue showcasing our awesome members, we’re welcoming Solano Open Space to the stage as another featured guest for this week’s #OSCQuizFridays! We’ll be asking about their past nomenclature, AKAs, and aliases. Join us on Twitter @BA_OpenSpace this Friday from 11:30a-1:30p to test your knowledge of the #BayArea’s finest land conservation organizations!
Welcome to the first week of #OSCQuizFridays! Here at the Open Space Council we are so grateful and inspired by our members and supporters and the work they do every day in the #BayArea. With that in mind we are starting a weekly game to highlight interesting facts and stories about our members and supporters. Stay tuned for how you can participate!
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Yet another use for emptied #kcups: #upcycle into #craft cups, perfect for kids, students, and hobbyists alike! Post in the comments additional ways to #repurpose #kcups, there are plenty!
To keep your #kcups out of the landfill, #repurpose them into building blocks! A great idea for teachers and parents. Kids will love them! #terracycle #upcycle
Meet two of our #playdough makers. Middle schoolers indulging in after school #fun!
Middle schooler #learning to make play dough today. #RedHook #NYC #Brooklyn

The Living Building Challenge- Winner of the 2012 Buckminster-Fuller Challenge

Green building and eco-sensitive design is currently at the forefront of our modern ethos. What this means for the green builders, contractors and architects of NY, and the world, is a period of dramatic change and challenge is ahead if not already begun. A change in the way we think about new buildings and construction, [...]

Financing Cut

When we went into contract for the property that is currently being built as a green show house it was during the “normal” financial times of March 2006.

No storms were on the horizon and everyone was still giddy from the constant rise of funding and property prices.

Our plan was to do what we [...]

Insulation Has Arrived!

Insulation from Eco Brooklyn Inc with Gennaro Brooks-Church

Green Building is like life: it is all about energy. How you control it, who has it, where it is flowing, and where it isn’t flowing. You control the energy and you have a great house (possibly a great life too).

So obviously insulation plays a [...]

Recycled Wood Floor

I have relationships with the contractors in the neighborhood. These oak floors were perfectly fine but the owner wanted to replace them with cherry wood floors. Instead of put them in the dump I got them.

The lower floors of a brownstone are dark so I like light floors to maximize the light.

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Some cool links for Mortgages and other stuff

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Residential Energy Services Network’s (RESNET)

http://www.resnet.us/directory/raters.aspx

(For trained and certified home energy raters in your service are.)

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Mortgage Industry National Home Energy Rating System Accreditation Standard

http://www.natresnet.org/programs/providers/directory.htm

(For operating home energy rating systems, by state.)

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Energy-Efficient Mortgages Program

http://www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/eem/energy-r.cfm

http://www.hud.gov/ll/code/llplcrit.html

(For a searchable list [...]

Financial Importance of Greening a Home

Here is a great case study showing how a couple used green financing to increase the green of their home. Their mortgage did go up but their monthly energy savings were greater. So they end up saving money.

First-time home buyers purchased their home in New York. It was built in 1950, and sold for [...]

Value-Based Analysis For Green Financing

There is special financing available if a house fits certain green criteria. This could be an energy star boiler or the type of insulation. There is also financing available to make a house greener.

The following list are guidelines when discussing eco friendly financing with mortgage lenders. It is a Value-Based Analysis (VBA) for Green [...]

AmeriQuest Mortgage – Good example of NOT being green

I came across these really funny commercials by Ameriquest Mortgage Company. They are worth checking out because they’ll give you a laugh.

But the real joke is the tag line: “Don’t judge too quickly. We won’t.”

It turns out their lack of judgment swindled all sorts of people into getting mortgages they couldn’t afford. [...]