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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.

alterego post in baltimore’s urbanite

alterego, our friendly environmental building products retailer, has a great little write-up in Baltimore’s Urbanite Home + Design blog.

thanks to brennen for visiting the store!

baltimore county green roof install

brennan + company architects is so thrilled, after years and years of trying, to finally have a green roof installed! Thank you to our great clients for seeing this through. And thanks to Capitol Green Roofs for their fabulous installation job.

Green roofs help with stormwater retention and provide a slow release of this water. They also aid in absorption, transpiration and reducing the heat island effect.

We would love to have a green roof installed on your new project – contact brennan + company architects for full service, earth friendly architecture.

baltimore biodiesel creates first solar powered fueling pump!

in true sustainable lifestyle fashion, baltimore biodiesel coop, with it’s genius volunteers, has created and built the first solar powered fueling pump station in the country! the pump is located at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. As a driver of a biodiesel powered car and member of the coop, I am so proud of what you guys have done! Freedom from Petroleum!

baltimore county high performance homes bill

Baltimore County has just passed the High Performance Homes Bill, which 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 Hindle, CPHC and Carri Beer, AIA, LEED ap worked assiduously with Councilman Vince Gardina to make this bill a reality for Baltimore County residents. Contact us to help make your home more efficient or to design a new carbon neutral home!

certified passive house consultant!

Our own Michael Hindle has received his certification as a Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC). He is one of only three CPHC’s in the Baltimore area and only a handful in the state of Maryland. Passive House is an energy performance standard which sets a very ambitious goal of 90% energy use reductions for heating and cooling. The Passive House standard and the associated building strategies are supported by 19 years of exhaustive building performance monitoring and building science research. Consultants use highly accurate modeling software to project and determine energy use for all building types.

FREE trees from TreeBaltimore!

TreeBaltimore is giving FREE trees again! Listed are April’s upcoming events.


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