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January/February 2008
This article originally appeared in the January/February 2008 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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January 27, 2008
The West Coast Green conference was held September 19–22 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. Home Energy is a media sponsor for the event, and our staff handed out well over 1,000 magazines; pressed a lot of flesh; and were involved in well over 100 hours of passionate, stimulating, exciting conversation with builders, contractors, architects, homeowners, and others about green home building and renovation. Exhibitors there handed out free organic beer and wine, and really great swag like a cool LED flashlight from Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E). You could sit on a coach made of grass and calculate your total carbon footprint at the PG&E booth. I found out that Moraga, California, where I lived before moving to Walnut Creek, is something of a center of residential green building in the Bay Area. The Moraga Barn is being renovated into offices and a learning center for a green construction company, Canyon Construction. Story goes the barn was once a house of ill repute. Soon it will be showcasing green building technology, which offers its own sensual pleasures.   A result of the years-long trade deficit with China is a plethora of shipping containers piling ...

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