October 3, 2004 |
Memories of the oil embargo three decades ago that produced long lines at gas stations have been short-lived for Southern Californians who still love to drive gas-guzzling cars. But those days did spur energy conservation changes in residential construction that remain today. Since the 1970s, homes have been built increasingly airtight to save on gas and electricity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 1995 |
Most people in Ventura recycle aluminum cans, plastic, glass and paper. Patagonia is recycling a building. The building's steel shell will go to the Oglala-Sioux reservation in South Dakota, said Paul Furtaw, the company's facilities coordinator. The roof tiles were handed over to a contractor for reuse; the concrete slab will be part of a local effort to combat erosion in a river bed.
December 10, 2006 |
Question: We're tearing down part of our 1940s home for an addition and gutting our kitchen for remodeling. I hate to see all these materials end up as trash. How can we recycle some of this? Answer: The idea of a familiar and perhaps beloved structure being demolished and unceremoniously hauled to the trash heap is something the homeowners often dread. In the Hollywood Hills, Derrick Drymon and Nancy Moscatiello felt that way about a vintage but dowdy house they bought and massively remodeled.
April 3, 2005 |
Rene SPENCER was tooling around her neighborhood one day a couple of years ago when the sight of a home demolition stopped her in her tracks. The Long Beach resident had just purchased a Craftsman home built in the 1920s and wanted authentic materials for an extensive renovation the house required. With the contractor's permission, she retrieved door trim and a stove that would have been destined for the dump.
HOME & GARDEN
May 17, 2007 |
EVER wonder how much fossil fuel your garden consumes? Probably not, but in this day of rising energy costs there's talk about whether truly "sustainable" landscaping can be achieved without oil-based products. It's a provocative idea that landscape architect Owen Dell, an expert on sustainable landscapes, will discuss at Saturday's fourth annual Alternative Building Materials & Design Expo (Altbuild), at Barker Hangar at Santa Monica Air Center.
April 17, 1993 |
A San Diego jury ordered Shell Chemical Co. and two other companies to pay almost $50 million in punitive damages to homeowners and a developer for water damage caused by faulty plumbing pipe that the companies manufactured. The class-action lawsuit was brought by 41 San Diego homeowners and the builder of the Briarwood Pointe project against Shell Chemical Co., the U.S. Brass unit of Eljer Industries Inc. and Hoechst Celanese Corp.
April 19, 1990 |
When contractor Paul DiGiovanni Jr. introduced his construction crew to ConForm--a new type of snap-together building block made of lightweight foam--the idea went over like a ton of bricks. How could you build a wall out of something resembling a child's toy or a flimsy Styrofoam ice chest? Construction crew workers shook their heads and stared in disbelief, hoping it was all a joke.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1990 |
An art as old as the Mission San Juan Capistrano walls is being revived this week in this city's historic downtown area. It's the art of making adobe, in this case using materials found in the back yard of the 19th-Century Avila Adobe on Camino Capistrano, just a block from the mission.
October 17, 1988 |
The wooden hot tub may have lost ground over the years, but it's making a strong comeback, said Paul Wadding, owner of Sierra Southern & Prestige Hot Tubs in Azusa, one of a handful of remaining California makers of redwood hot tubs. Figures from the National Spa & Pool Institute lend support to Wadding's assessment. Although wooden tubs made up only 4.4% of hot tubs sold last year, that was a significant increase from just 1.1% of sales in 1986.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2009 |
Opening a new front in the city's efforts to reduce tagging, the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved an ordinance requiring that all new homes include a finish that is resistant to spray paint unless the owners promise to remove any graffiti themselves. The measure, which was unanimously approved, extends a provision in the Los Angeles Municipal Code requiring that new commercial buildings and apartments be coated to a height of 9 feet with an impermeable material, such as ceramic tile, baked enamel or a chemical gloss.