Archive for October, 2008

Los Altos Modern

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

L.A. Modern was on today.

The program started with an Architectural Forum Panel at 10:00 am and then the house tour followed. There were six houses in the tour.

Unfortunately, photos were only allowed in one house although they allowed outdoor photos at another house.
It was an honor to meet Dion Neutra, son and partner of Richard Neutra.

Architectural forum panelists.

Architectural forum panelists.

At one of the houses, there was a ‘bridge’ set out almost exactly as we require!

Bridge showing details

Bridge showing details.

Profile of bridge.

Profile of bridge.

Second Reading of Ordinance Amending 10.06.110

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

The second reading of the amendment to ordinance 10.06.110 regarding projections into yards was passed by Monte Sereno’s City Council tonight.

Thus, this ordinance becomes effective in 30 days.

And then, we’ll be able to get our building permit.


Registering with the U.S. Green Building Council for LEED Certification

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

We intend to obtain LEED for Homes Platinum certification and today we registered on the U.S. Green Building Council web site.

With our registration accepted, we have explicitly stated our goal.

The gauntlet has been cast …

Meetings with Davis Energy Group and Meline Engineering

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Bryan was up early this morning and on the road before 7:00 am.

His first stop was in Davis to meet with Davis Energy Group at 8:45 am.  To obtain LEED certification requires independent verification of the design and actual construction.  Davis Energy Group, located in Davis, CA, certifies buildings in northern California for the U.S. Green Building Council.

Bryan met with Patti Heath and Pepper Smith on time and presented our project to them.  They liked the project and everyone left the meeting feeling like it will be a good fit.  Next steps are for Davis Energy Group to send us a questionnaire and an agreement.

Next stop was Meline Engineering in Sacramento.  We engaged Lisa Meline and had been working with her and Josh Perkl since July but had not met either of them in person.

We met for almost 90 minutes in a conference room and walked through some of the remaining issues that needed to be addressed.  It was another good meeting and we’re looking forward to refining the geothermal design.

Leaving Sacramento, Bryan called Rusty Weston so schedule a lunch and vanilla latte.  He was available and we agreed to meet at the ‘usual’ Mexican restaurant in Lafayette.

As Bryan was driving, he called Matt Jung of 88HVAC.  Matt is a wealth of knowledge regarding geothermal and we needed to speak with him while the conversation with Lisa and Josh was still fresh.  We spoke and he gave us some deeper insight into the actual equipment alternatives that Lisa had outlined.  Also, Matt suggested that we visit one of his job sites on my way through Orinda.  That sounded great so Bryan took Matt up on the offer.

Lunch with Rusty was relaxed and fun.  After lunch, Bryan jumped on the freeway and then exited at Orinda.  It took a while to find the job site but it was worth the effort.  Matt has some excellent clients and he is definitely one of the most experienced with geothermal heat exchange projects in the Bay Area.

Second, and Last, Load of Timbers for Remilling

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

The second load of timbers left today, just after 1:00 pm.

Ready to load the beams.

Ready to load the beams.

Loaded and ready to go.

Loaded and ready to go.

The site is looking very clean now.  A bit lonely, but clean.

Empty driveway.

Empty driveway.

First Load of Timbers for Remilling

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

The truck arrived from Jackel Enterprises today and we loaded the first load of roof decking for remilling.

Driving the forklift from Los Gatos Boulevard was a bit of a ‘white-knuckler’ as forklifts steer using their rear wheels. Going down Blossom Hill Road and crossing over Highway 17 will not be forgotten.

The first load is looking good, especially as it left Via Sereno.

Securing the first load of roof decking.

Securing the first load of roof decking.

They call it 'House on a Truck'.

They call it 'House on a Truck'.

Next stop?  Watsonville!

Next stop? Watsonville!

The forklift is rented for a 24 hour period.  We have until 1:30 pm to return the forklift.

Ready for loading tomorrow ...

Ready for loading tomorrow ...