On Begley Street 1
(originally published 7/3/2013)
Building one of the greenest homes in North America is no easy task, but if there is one person who is up for it, it would be Ed Begley Jr. His Green credentials go back to the first Earth Day in 1970, and when he is not putting in time as a successful film and television actor, he is busy at work promoting green products, educating others about the conservation of earth’s natural resources and most importantly being a living example of a sustainable life.
According to the U.S. Green Building Council about 36% of all CO2 (Carbon dioxide) emissions originate from commercial and residential buildings, greater even than cars and transportation. At the same time demand for Green homes is estimated to increase about 900% over the next five years. Reducing CO2 is the biggest plus of having more sustainable housing, but cost savings and safe water and air quality are also great benefits that are experienced on perhaps a more personal level.
Ed and his wife Rachelle Carson-Begley had over the years upgraded and incorporated many energy and water reducing features and sustainable elements into their existing home, including a very large and Rube Goldbergian solar array on their roof. Now they wanted to build a new home that incorporates state of the art technology and design, and is built to LEED Platinum standards, the highest certification that exists...
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