by Paul Rose
As most of you know Semmes and Co. Builders has always been very involved in the community, and one of our regular programs has been to help move the building industry forward into new materials and higher standards for energy usage, healthy materials, and passive design. Along this line we have been very involved with SLO Green Build, which has recently merged with U.S. Green Building Council: California Central
Coast Chapter (USGBC C4), to create the Central Coast Green Building Council.
This means that our sphere of influence has grown from just being involved in this county, to involving three counties: SLO, Santa Barbara, and Ventura. Many of the programs are similar, although there are some new ones and there are ones that we have brought with us.
Some of the programs are:
The Build-Smart Trailer which moves all over the state displaying new and energy efficient technologies.
The Green Schools Program – In which volunteers provide education and incentives to develop green programs and facilities in local schools such as gardens, natural day-lighting, healthy indoor air quality, water and energy efficiency and more.
The Alliance – Which is a group of building professionals that get together once a month for a program on a building-related topic. These are open to the public and always are worth attending. If you are interested in attending, please email me and I’ll send you the date and location of the next Alliance Meeting. The topical information is exciting and worthwhile:
A recent project has been a San Luis Obispo County program development establishing conditions and education for the community to change homeowners with existing septic tanks into rainwater cisterns. The City of Los Osos recently built their first sewer plant, they’ve run all the street lines, and are nearly ready to start hooking into the new system. When this type of transition happens in other communities, normally all the existing septic tanks would be destroyed. Ultimately, the septic tanks, which cost thousands of dollars to install, would be wasted. Instead we have developed a program that offers a variety of options for their re-use: Download the .pdf here – Los Osos Septic Tank Options
And remember, by working with Semmes and Co. Builders, Inc. you are also helping to promote the growth of a sustainable community for future generations.