We Toured Post Greens’ Skinny House Project

Last Friday, Tamara and I were invited out by Chuck Weiss, project manager for Post Green, to check out their Skinny House Project. You can learn more about that project here: Skinny House

We are really excited by Post Green’s innovative build process and we look forward to learning more from them. Their main approach to their home efficiency ratings (which are very high!) is a focus on air sealing.

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Going Green at Bloomie’s

At month’s end, you can find Tamara and D. Hassen Saker, owner of Organic Home LLC, at Bloomingdale’s chatting with eco-conscious shoppers about important strategies for greening their homes and lifestyles. Don’t miss these “Greening Your Home: Ask the Experts” events and your chance to ask questions and receive valuable advice pertaining to your own home.

Thursday, April 29th – Bloomingdale’s, Willow Grove Park Mall
2400 West Moreland Park Road
Willow Grove, PA 19090
11 am – 2 pm in the Cosmetics Dept. on Level 1

Friday, April 30th – Bloomingdale’s, The Court at King of Prussia
2 Rt. 202 North 660 West DeKalb Pike
King of Prussia, PA 19406
11 am – 2 pm in the Housewares Dept. on Level 3

Home Energy Audits – Part I

As you may already know, we supply home energy auditing for our customers, usually as part of larger home-renovation projects. It’s with these larger projects that we attend to enough area of the home to really affect the home’s total energy performance. But even with smaller projects, energy efficiency is top of mind during design and construction.

As part of the home efficiency testing, auditors get a look at past utility bills and existing appliances, and they test the tightness of the home. They should also test for indoor home air safety, including C02 and other toxins. We find that drafty windows and doors, uninsulated spaces in walls, and breaks in the vapor barrier or thermal envelope of the home are the usual sources of air leaks. And air leaks are very costly because they cause you to use more energy keeping your home comfortable in hot or cold weather.

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Myers Constructs Eyeing B Corp. Status

Last week, Tamara and Diane attended a B Corp workshop at Wharton Small Business Development Center. The next step is taking their online audit/survey to see where our company falls at this time. Once we see where we stand, and make any necessary adjustments, we’ll apply for B Corp status. We want to do this because it’s a quantifiable third-party assessment of the good, sustainable business practices we employ. It means we treat employees, subs and customers well! It also means we are integrated into a U.S.-based (and soon to be worldwide) B Corp community that supports other B Corp businesses.

Find out more about it at bcorporation.net.

Tamara and Diane Will Be Attending a Seminar Presented by the Energy Coordinating Agency

Myers Constructs, Inc. is a Philadelphia certified Woman Business Enterprise and member of The Green Building Council, and our fearless leader, Tamara Myers, is a LEED AP.

As part of our planned participation as a general contractor in the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority’s (RDA) Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), we have been invited to attend a training seminar hosted by the Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA). The date of the seminar is Friday, Jan. 22, 2010.

The session will discuss current NSP requirements for its targeted
projects, how to evaluate, and RDA’s review process.

Mayor Nutter Showing Some Love to The City’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP)

Under this program, the city of Philadelphia will receive $16.8 million from The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to turn vacant, foreclosed properties into owner-occupied homes. Today, Mayor Nutter will be singing the praises of all who contributed to the recent renovation of the city’s first NSP-funded property. Details on the NSP, which is managed by the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Philadelphia, are here.

Myers Constructs, Inc. will be renovating houses under this program. Attending today’s event will be Dana Priesing, Diane Menke and Tamara Myers.