Monday, January 19, 2009

Dave Braden Tour

Dave Braden House Tour-January 18th

This was our 6th Dave and Cathy Braden tour of their super energy efficient off the grid house.

A chartered HSR bus left from the Go Station down town and took passengers up to the tour.
There were over 40 people crowded in Dave and Cathy's living room, learning about how he built his house but also what they can do to make their own homes more energy efficient.

Temple Anshe Sholom-Breakfast

January 18th
Climate Change Champions and Energy Awareness Initiative presented these 2 Environment Hamilton Projects to an audience of about 22 people at Temple Anshe Sholom Breakfast.
We distributed some materials and about 8 energy kits.
This faith group is anxious to start a green team in the coming months.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Environment Hamilton's Energy Awareness for Faith Groups is organizing a chartered bus to Green Venture's EcoHouse.

EcoHouse shows citizens that it is possible to live in a sustainable manner, in harmony with our environment. Visitors are able to view and use environmentally friendly products, and discover where they can be purchased.

An HSR bus will be leaving the Go Station at 9.30am on Saturday, January 31st 2009.

There is no charge for the bus ride but EcoHouse charges $4 per person taking the tour.

For more information or to register contact Beatrice at 905 549 0900

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Saturday, January 3, 2009

Walk through Energy Audit at St James Anglican Church

Jan 02

What a great way to kick of the new year-completing a walk through energy audit of your faith group's structure. Green Venture's Jordan Fysch took 13 interested people (representing other area faith groups) on the walk through of St Jame's Anglican Church in Dundas.

We went room by room starting from the kitchen,examined doors, exit signs, counted lights, looked in at the boiler,inspected washrooms, walked through the main church, offices,down to the basement where the day care runs.
This took about 2.5 hours since the church building is so huge. Jordan will share the report with those who attended.
We also spent time after, looking at charts (computer modeling) he has developed that tell how much energy is spent at what season, based on the churches hydro and gas bills.
Over all we looked at:
  • electricity and water use to identify potential savings
  • utility bill data collection
  • inspection of the building envelope
  • inspection of the heating and cooling systems
  • inventory of the energy use of all electrical appliances and fixtures such as lighting
  • inventory of water fixtures
Jordan talked about how the church can reduce its GHGs not only through energy conservation but also by tackling over use of water, waste reduction etc.