Old car and dog lovers, you may be surprised at what is in store for you today. Believe it or not, TOTALLY worthwhile, whether you are dog-lover, old car enthusiast, or simply are a concerned client , or REALTOR® facing eco-friendly challenges in property design & development, you need to look into context theory !
Case in Point: A project happening right here and now in Asheville . This is a project that makes it clear just how important it is to get the "big picture" and take the steps to solve sustainable innovation challenges.
Folks, here's your invitation to come along as we explore the possibilities in one very, very interesting experience. I 'll tell your right now that it is exciting to be a part of this whole "context theory" thing... .as you will discover when you check out Parts I , II and III of this series already here at the ECO TRENDS BLOG.
Now onward to Part IV
(Don't you just love this photo of dog helping eco consultant with solar "directions" that I took at the scene ? )
Scenario: Forward-Thinking, Old Cars, Dogs, and Solar Advantages
"It's not easy being green..." There are life choices to make...from the transportation to choose, to how to have an energy efficient living space, and much more.
Such choices are complicated. They require serious consideration. This past month a team of ECO consultants has been engaged in a process of making wise choices. Though complicated, they are also intriguing. I refer to these choices as "due diligence ahead of time"...
Luckily, as an Eco certified consultant ®, I can bring my training and a network of professionals interested in sustainable innovations to the table.
It's great to work with clients and experts as part of an interdisciplinary team.
(Photo of Marcus' car. This guy "walks the talk!")
To date, we have consulted with David Tuch of Equinox Environmental who has reviewed the project and is developing his ideas on paper. ..and soon will provide a working model for this infill project.
(see parts II and III)
The Exploration Continues:
This week we met with Marcus Renner of Appropriate Building Solutions. Marcus, the former President of the Green Building Council here in Asheville, not only loves dogs, old cars (as you can see by my photos) but he can tell us the way to site buildings for solar advantages and what the possibilities are from there. Interested parties want to know.
After checking out solar possibilities with his trusty guage,
(seen in the photo to your right)
Marcus and I walk the property. We lookat the survey and TOPO. There are exclamations of delight. Soon he will get back to us with his report.
- The report will include details about
Site Features- telling us about things that will be important to consider such as: mountain slopes .. access... the variety of trees... mixed hardwoods, with some evergreen Hemlocks ..incredible Birch and Red Dawn Redwood... elevation change.. and how the majority of the property is sited solar possibilities and views in various directions. ..and
- Building Sites- telling us about buildable portions of the property, view access and if the site does/does not have good solar gain. ...and
- Renewable Energy Availability-
Stay Tuned for Part V
UPDATE: Here are all 4 links for this series...
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