Houston Sierra Club general monthly meeting: LaVerne Williams presents “The Houston Height’s Integral Urban Homestead”

When:       Thursday, February 12th, 2015
Time:         7:00 PM
Where:      St. Stephen’s Pecore Hall
Location:  1805 W. Alabama, Houston, TX
Cost:         free and open to the public

The meeting opens at 7:00 PM, and the program starts at 7:30 PM. Everyone is welcome.  “The Houston Height’s Integral Urban Homestead” is private residence that demonstrates that healthy homes and homeplaces can be created as healthy oasis to provide 100% of our home water and energy needs, some or most our food organically, and where allergies, among other health issues can dissipate.  Instead of the usual cradle to grave environmental nightmare that the homebuilding industry creates, we should and can be creating healthful, durable, extraordinarily energy efficient dwellings & homeplaces that delight & nurture life, finances & security, and which bring beauty and joy while being a place, especially in stressful urban environments, to recuperate.

Bottom line: Those who strive for sustainable and resilient lifestyles should use their home as the one place where they can capture and use renewable energy and water resources and by doing so, also have a homeplace that is designed and built for beauty, durability and the efficient use of resources while also being a place for improving their health, community, and the environment.

Meeting is in Pecore Hall, which faces the parking lot at Sul Ross & Woodhead. (entrance & parking at Sul Ross & Woodhead) Before 7:00 PM, left turns are not allowed at Woodhead. If you are going west on W. Alabama, turn right at Dunlavy, then left to Marshall, then left to Woodhead.  For more information, please go to: meetup.com/Houston-Sierra-Club-Outings

Net-Zero Residential in Houston

When:      Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Time:        6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Where:     City of Houston Houston Permitting Center
Location: 1002 Washington Avenue, Houston TX 77002
Cost:        free and open to the public

Is Net-Zero construction affordable? First of all, what is it? Does it mean the house is off the grid? What is the Net part? This is your chance to find the answers to these and other persistent questions!
Guest Speakers……
Brent Farrell, President, ReCraft
David Goswick, President, Houze
Richard Morgan, Director, SPEER
Jim Waller, President, Solaris

David Goswick of Houze and Jim Waller of Solaris have experience with new construction to share with you.  Brent Farrell of ReCraft has experience with renovations.  And Richard Morgan will discuss what SPEER (the South-central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource) is doing to get this technology mainstream in Texas.

For more information, please go to: http://www.greenhoustontx.gov/gbrceducation.pdf