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Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo Goes Green - 01/27/11 07:31 PM
The complete geothermal energy and filtration system installed last year in Woodland Park's state-of the -art award winning penguin exhibit will be joined this year with the installation of solar panels to Woodland Park's historic carousel add another piece to their ongoing commitment to energy conservation and sustainability. Seattle City Light in partnership with Woodland Park Zoo will begin install a 9.2 Kilowatt solar system on the roof of the Zoo's carousel pavilion beginning January 18, 2011 and is expected to be completed in early February. The 9.2 solar system will help off-set the power to run the carousel which normally (3 comments)
Blues in the Market - 01/25/11 06:49 AM
I enjoyed this short video of a street musician singing the blues at one of Portland's many outdoor markets. When I was a boy my dad would always take me down to Seattle's Pike Place Market to pick up our fish and vegetables, I was more intrigued by the street musicians. In many Seattle neighborhoods we are see a popular trend toward the revitalization of the farmers' market. Many neighborhoods like, Ballard, Lake City, Wedgewood, Lake Forest Park have very active seasonal markets. These markets help provide economic, social and nutritional benefits to the community. I recently found an online survey (9 comments)
Seattle's original downtown made up of mostly wood building dating back to 1852, replaced by brick and stone structures after the Great Seattle Fire of 1889. Pioneer Square is home to art galleries, internet companies, café, nightclubs and of course world famous bookstores. Pioneer Square is located between the International District on the east Border, the Sodo District to the south (home of Starbucks headquarters), Elliot Bay on the west and Seattle's Financial District marks the north border. The 1960 was the start of the modern day urban renewal for area that used to be called "Skid Row" filled with an (7 comments)
Brief snow storm in November brings Seattle neighborhoods together for a snowball fight at Columbia Park. A great community event was put together by way of emails, Twitter and Facebook postings. Once the snow started to fall and stick the internet air waves were filled with neighbors announcing the "snow-ball throw down" to be held at the neighborhood park. Columbia Park is located next to the Columbia Library in one of Seattle's hottest neighborhoods Columbia City. Currently there are 27 homes for sale ranging from $127,000-$547,000. This neighborhood was annexed into Seattle in 1907 the rich heritage continues with diverse (2 comments)
The 3-Painters High-Energy Performance - 01/20/11 06:29 PM
"They rocked the house" mentioned developer/builder Martha Rose from Seattle Washington, they being the critically acclaimed 3 Painters, who preformed six times at the recent International Home Builders' Show just completed in Orlando Florida. Their show was sponsored by Behr and KILZ paint. Their show is a mix of Cirque Du Soleil and the Blue Man Group incorporating music, dancing, lighting, and high-speed high speed painting. Following each performance the audience has a chance to win an original art piece created by the painters by simply entering a raffle at the Behr booth.
More information about The 3 Painters: www.3painters.com (1 comments)
My Wednesday morning new home tour started with looking up homes in Bothell, Washington priced between $500-600,000, built between 2010-2011, 4br/2.5+ bths and within the Northshore School District. I came up with 5 that fit those search parameters.
Prior to leaving the office I pulled up GasBuddy.com to find out who had the best gas prices in Bothell? A great tool, I was able to same myself $.20 a gallon, yahoo!
A new year filled with new goals. One of my goals was to become more efficient using Twitter. So I needed to create a benchmark to figure out where I was compared to millions of other users. Using Twitter Grader I was able to find my position of influence. My grade was 57 out of 100. I thought not bad for my level of engagement. When I check out the number one position I was on Earth and they were on Mars. I rationalized; my Tweets are quality, timely and informative, the kind that my few followers (5 comments)
Have you ever found that you really needed to be in two places at the same time? Last Tuesday I had a client call me with a listing she found online and wanted to know several details about it. I had appointments all day and couldn't get by the new listing to take a look at it. So I did the obvious thing and called the listing agent for more detailed information. My client wanted to know about the garage that was converted into a bonus room and the afternoon sun patterns. The listing agent mentioned the bonus room could (6 comments)
Catching up with HGTV's Mike Holmes at the 2011 IBS in Orlando Florida - 01/13/11 07:17 PM
I guess what makes Holmes so engaging and likeable is that he does things right. In the video he talks about Wind Walk the first of its kind community in Alberta Canada. Designed as a 450 mixed use sustainable neighborhood that is planned to get people out of their cars and connect with the environment and each other. Minimizing site development and preserving valuable top soil and native landscaping Wind Walk is comprised of 33% open spaces, community gardens & farmers market, public parks , and 7.5 acres for public school. Star of HGTV's Holmes on Homes and Holmes Inspection Canadian (0 comments)
This quintessential restoration/remodel, in Seattle Washington, of a 1920 farm house looks strikingly similar to the original design. Don't be fooled by looks alone this house has a definite green undertow. The innovative green strategies are rooted in a whole-house philosophy of building. Each separate building component enhances the overall design. For instance the R-29 insulated walls and quadruple glazed windows allow for a smaller more efficient heating source. Taking advantage of the homes southern exposure more natural daylighting was created by increase size of windows and raising the ceiling heights to 9' allowing the windows to placed 6" inches higher letting the (0 comments)
The Rotary Club of Lynnwood and Edmonds School District's carpentry class made up of students from Lynnwood High School kickoff there 36th joint housing project. The foundation has been is in and sub flooring is being installed. The estimated completion of the project is June 2011. In the past, the rotary foundation has also purchased land for the high school carpentry program so students could get "hands on, real world experience building" while building an affordable family home. Students working on the project have the opportunity, at no cost to them, to earn credit at Edmonds Community College which applies (7 comments)
Federal Solar Tax Credit Extended - 01/09/11 02:32 PM
On October 3, 2008, the President signed the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 in to law. It contained a number of tax incentives to encourage individuals and business to make solar investments, the key driver being an 8 year extensions of section 48 business solar tax and the residential 25D section. Here's a quick definition of the credits and how they work. The investment tax credit is an upfront credit against the capital expense used to build out your project. The production tax credit is a credit over time based on the amount of energy produced. The Business Solar Investment (2 comments)
The Gates House - 01/07/11 10:35 AM
Located east of Seattle on the shores of Lake Washington, the home is built into a hillside to minimize its footprint and improve its energy efficiency. The home faces west to take advantage of views of the lake, sunsets and the Olympic Mountains. A tremendous amount of glass, stone and wood fill the house, most of the wood is recycled Douglas fir that came from a nearby Weyerhaeuser mill on the Columbia River. Visitors are supplied with small electronics pins, which lets the home appliances know where each guest is and adjust the lights and their pre-selection of music automatically. A (1 comments)
The original 1920 farm house is being rebuilt to be one of the most energy efficient homes in the state of Washington. Not only is this home extremely energy efficient it has a high percentage of recycled and reclaimed materials including re-purposed hardwood flooring, chimney bricks reused for front walkway and courtyards, site harvest trees made into finished flooring and roofing material made from 40% post consumer materials. The home has been independently certified by Energy Star, Building America and Built Green. This remarkable home is located just outside of Seattle and is priced @ $438,000.
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One Extreme Green Home Left at Fish Singer - 01/05/11 05:35 PM
The homes at Fish Singer Place are some of the greenest production-spec homes in the country. With features like R-26 wall insulation, R-60 ceiling insulation, quadruple glazed windows, solar hot water, whole house heat-recovery-ventilator, green roofs and wood floors made from site harvest trees. One home remains it is priced at $438,000 reduced from $658,000 and amazing value!
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Adrian specializes in green home marketing utilizing traditional and social media marketing to create the widest exposure of your property. (0 comments)
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