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Archive for October, 2010

michael hindle will be a speaker at the 2010 passive house conference in portland, oregon

Congratulations to Michael Hindle, cphc who has been asked to speak at the 2010 Passive House Conference held in Portland, Oregon, November 4-7. Michael will be discussing his efforts on creating Baltimore County’s High Performance Homes bill and incorporating the Passive House standard in the process.

Baltimore County’s High Performance Homes Bill offers a property tax credit to homeowners who invest in improving the energy efficiency of their homes. The Bill went into effect June 25, 2010. The amount of the tax credit is a percentage of the total County property tax assessed on the home that is equal to the percentage of increased energy efficiency achieved in the process of renovation or new construction. The tax credit starts at 30% efficiency for three years and increases to a carbon neutral home with a 100% tax credit for five years. Michael and Carri Beer, AIA, LEED ap worked assiduously with Councilman Vince Gardina to make this bill a reality for Baltimore County residents.

friends of druid hill park 150 gala

Join the Friends of Druid Hill Park as they celebrate the 150th anniversary of the third largest urban park in the country, Druid Hill Park in Baltimore.  Druid Hill Park is shortly behind Central Park (c. 1858) and Fairmount Park (c. 1859). Friends of Druid Hill Park is hosting a fun and fantastic gala at the Mansion House to recognize this historic gem in our City.


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