USGBC Tour Follow Up

dsc_0114We hosted the North Texas Chapter of the USGBC this morning in spite of what turned into an all-day rain storm.  About 60 folks showed up to hear a short talk from our architect, Kelly Mitchell, and our Landscape Designer, Jim Martinez.  I added a few words of my own.

There were lots and lots of questions ranging from how often we should seal our ipe wood deck to how much more did building a LEED home cost us.  I didn’t now the answer to the first question, but am all too keenly aware of the second.  Fortunately the guy we bought our ipe from was there and he told me that we should clean and re-seal the ipe every two years….good to know.

Robert will be posting photos from the event to the website gallery soon (I hope).

Tour de LEED: Homes

leedlogo2This coming Saturday ours is one of three homes being toured by the North Texas Chapter of the US Green Building Council.  We moved in 3 weeks ago and are hustling fast and furious to get the house presentable.  We’ve given our builder this Thursday as their deadline to be done and out (we’ll finish anything remaining undone after that).

The tour is featuring one LEED for Home certified Platinum house, and 2 LEED for Homes registered Platinum house.    Sign up quickly!  They’re limiting the tour to 60 participants!

Side Note: David Rodriguez, Local USGBC Board Chair

davidrodriguezphoto01252009Yesterday we were lucky enough to meet David Rodriguez when he showed up at the house with architect Kelly Mitchell and our Green Consultant, Sean Garman (who also happens to be Kelly’s husband).  These three know each other through their association with the North Texas Chapter of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).   David is our local USGBC Board Chair, and he also writes a column for the Builder Insider periodical (their future website is here), focusing on green building practices.  David was viewing the project and interviewing Kelly and Sean for an upcoming article….and I was pulled into the interview.  Fortunately it will be a print article because it was Sunday and I was dressed for rummaging around a house under construction not for an on-camera interview.

In the photo left to right is me, David Rodriguez, our architect Kelly Mitchell and our Green Consultant (and LEED – AP) Sean Garman.  Robert took the photo.