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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Forbes Riley is helping Brad Pitt with Affordable Housing!

Brad Pitt's group helped by zero-energy homes - Forbes Riley, first investor!

By Wendy Koch, USA TODAY
Updated 1d 1h ago
By LivingHomes
Since actor Brad Pitt founded the non-profit Make It Right in 2007 to build low-cost, sustainable homes for New Orleans' Hurricane Katrina victims, green building has exploded nationwide. On Friday, two builders are announcing plans to offer affordable homes designed to produce as much energy as they use -- one of which is a stylish modern prefab to benefit Pitt's charity.
California-based LivingHomes, a developer of high-end, ultra-green, factory-built homes, is debuting its lowest-cost model ever -- the C6 -- that will be available in most states. The 1,232 square-foot. $179,000 prefab, which is about half the size of the average new U.S. home, has three bedrooms and two baths as well as a courtyard that blends indoor and outdoor living. Part of the proceeds from each home's sale will be donated to Make It Right.
"This is by far the most energy-efficient home we've built," says LivingHomes' CEO Steve Glenn, noting it's designed to earn the top or platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. He says it's also the easiest and fastest one to build, since it's fully constructed by Cavco -- a manufactured housing company with factories nationwide -- in less than two months and installed on-site in one day.
Also late this week, Scottsdale-based Shea Homes, the developer of Trilogy resort communities and a builder in eight states, is announcing the launch of its "no-electric bill" home aimed at the age 55-plus, Baby Boomer set. The "SheaXero" will combine energy efficiency with solar panels to produce all the power the house is expected to need.
Other production builders have also debuted affordable, zero-energy homes as green building appears to be gaining market share in a still sluggish housing industry. Green homes, which comprised 17% of new residential construction last year, are expected to increase to 29% to 38% of the market by 2016, according to a report last week by McGraw-Hill Construction, a part of The McGraw-Hill Companies.
By Izumi Tanaka

By value, the McGraw Hill report said this growth equates to a five-fold increase -- $17 billion in 2011 to $87-$114 billion in 2016. It attributes the hike to consumers' interest in "higher quality" and lower utility bills as well as the decreasing costs of building green -- down from an extra 11% in 2006 to 7% today.
At LivingHomes, Steve Glenn says the new C6 is "less than half the costs of our lowest cost home." He says his company has learned from its own experience and from its partnerships with both Cavco and Make It Right on how to get the most bang for the buck.
The model's average price of $179,000 does not include the solar panels needed to make the homes zero-energy nor does it include the costs of transportation, assembly, permitting and site preparation. Those items could add another $50,000. Land is also not included.
Glenn says the homes are not only energy-efficient but also sustainable because they use Cradle-to-Cradle inspired products such as cork flooring and natural wood millwork.
"Many of the products are available at The Home Depot," Glenn said, citing their affordability and accessibility should replacements be needed.
The C6 was inspired by the modern homes built by developer Joe Eichler throughout California in the 1950s and 1960s that were organized around a courtyard accessed through multiple sliding glass doors. It has floor-to-ceiling glass, clerestory windows, light tubes and transom windows, as well as a lighting control system accessible from an iPhone.
Glenn says there are much cheaper prefab homes available, but they're not nearly as stylish.
"We're targeting people who really value design and sustainability," Glenn says, adding his customers are likely to shop at Whole Foods, drive a Toyota Prius and practice yoga.
Two C6 show homes, sponsored by The Home Depot, are now on display in California. One appears Feb. 18 to Feb. 25 at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, which is the site of the upcoming TED 2012 Conference, and the other as part of Modernism Week in Palm Springs from Feb. 17 to Feb. 26.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Get Fit Fast - SpinGym is the most portable, effective product on the market!

What an amazing journey to launch your own product, do all the research, creation, invest your heart and sole. We continue to grow our company and help so many people along the way.  I have women crying to me about much that had hated their arms and now are proud to take off their sweaters, jackets and wraps.  Everyone is always amazed at how quickly they feel it working - and I love the comment - "This SpinGym is CRAZY" -- you really do have to try it to believe it and to understand why I am so head over heels about it....

here is my lastest appearance on HSN --

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Drink To Your Health

I was sitting on a plane from Tampa to LA the other day next to a mom who was really trying to get family to eat healthy and then subject of milk came up -- afterall, how bad could it be, we were all raised drinking it and what ELSE do you put on cereal or in your coffee.  

Cow's milk is an unhealthy fluid from diseased animals that contains a wide range of dangerous and disease-causing substances that have a cumulative negative effect on all who consume it and is basically there to help a baby calf grow into a 2000 pound cow!


Also cow's milk (regular and 'organic') has 59 active hormones, scores of allergens, fat and cholesterol.


Most cow's milk has measurable quantities of herbicides, pesticides, dioxins (up to 200 times the safe levels), up to 52 powerful antibiotics , blood, pus, feces, bacteria and viruses. (Cow's milk can have traces of anything the cow ate... including such things as radioactive fallout from nuke testing)

WHAT TO DO??  Make you own milk -- and make it from organic raw nuts --

nowadays you can buy Almond Milk in the store (yeah!!) but its more fun to make your own. There is nothing quite as delicious as freshly made, completely raw and live, and preservative-free nut milk made in your own blender. Also my blender of choice is the HealthMaster for its power

It’s magical the first time you see the process of milk being made from nuts.  You may not have time to make your own almond milk every week, once you get into the habit of remembering to throw almonds into a bowl of  water overnight, you might just end up making it more often then you think.
You will need a nut bag or cheese cloth, easily available in a health food store.

Fresh Almond Milk Recipe     

Keeps up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

  • 4 cups raw almonds (soaked overnight)
  • 5-8  cups of filtered water (feel free to use more or less, depending on how thick you like your milk)
  • Stevia (optional, to sweeten to your taste)
  1. Rinse the soaked almonds very well in a strainer. This helps remove the inhibitor enzymes on the outside of the nuts, and helps make them more easily digestible and less acidic.
  2. Place the soaked almonds and the filtered water in a blender and blend on high until smooth.
  3. Taking a nut milk bag or cheese cloth, pour the mixture through the cloth into a separate container.
  4. Squeeze all the liquid out of the cloth with your hands, so you get all the milk out and discard all the nut pulp and nut fiber (or save for another recipe). If you are in a rush, pour the liquid through a fine strainer (though you won’t get every drop of milk out, the way you would with the cheese cloth.
  5. Do a quick-rinse of the blender. To make a smoothie right away pour some of the strained almond milk back in the blender with some stevia to sweeten it, along with some vanilla extract and any other smoothie ingredients you are using. Store the rest in a container with a lid in the fridge.
Yields: About 6-8 cups (depending on how much water you use)