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Update 2013

As the year winds to a close, I reflect on yet another productive year for Earth Harmony Habitats and its drive toward creating homes that are healthy and comfortable for the residents and the planet! Homes that are resilient, that harvest their own energy via solar panels, collect all their water through rainwater harvesting, have zero waste through nutrient recycling and grow all their own vegetables through vertical and raised bed gardens.

My thanks go out to the dedicated volunteers, advocates and the myriad other invaluable contributors who have taken strides toward manifesting Earth Harmony Habitats during 2014.

Highlights of 2014

January

  • Eco-villages around the world
    Karen Litfin, Associate Professor for the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington, held a lecture to share various eco-villages around the world. The packed house is a testament to the interest in eco-village and their designs.

February

  • Potential site lost funding
    Funding was pulled for the development I had been working on in collaboration with Builder Shan Stassens and Building Designer Buck Bailey. We were working together to develop a net zero impact community of some 37 homes in the Hillsboro area of Portland.
  • Toilet research
    This month was spent researching net zero water toilets and discerning the advantages between the Clivas foam toilet system or the Living Machine systems.

March

  • Emerge
    Attended a weekend workshop with building leaders to accelerate life-sustaining solutions in the built environment through emergent leadership principles. Inspiring group of luminaries who have accomplished much over their career and now want to assist others in developing their leadership skills.
  • Better Living Show 2014
    Earth Harmony Habitats presented at a Portland trade show featuring ecologically minded home and lifestyles. This was an excellent opportunity to share the concepts with over 10,000 attendees. Earth Harmony Homes have signed up again for the 2015 expo. I plan to bring in one of the Vertical Gardens. Look for us at booth number 836 on March 28-29, 2015!

April

  • Potential site in Milwaukie
    At the Better Living Show, I met a couple who has strong interest in developing their 2+ acres of land. There would be a dozen Earth Harmony homes nestled into this site. Working with various architects on this project. Crux of the issue is finding the funding for developing these non-conventional homes.

May

  • Presentation at the Living Building Challenge Ambassador meeting
    On May 21st, I gave a presentation at the ambassador lunch for the Living Building Challenge on sharing tips, best practices, and an anecdote from my experience being an Ambassador Presenter in the Pacific Northwest. I also attended this year’s conference and was again inspired by its vision and leadership in addressing a third of our combined impacts on the planet

June

  • Eco-District Advisory Committee
    I was selected to be one of 80 committee members throughout the nation to help develop a powerful tool for district and neighborhood-scale sustainability work. This work is critically important to helping grow the emerging marketplace for district and neighborhood-scale sustainability. See www.ecodistricts.org for more information
  • Vertical Gardens
    Two organizations adopted my vertical gardens. 21 Acres in Washington and OSU Extension Service Community and Urban Horticulturist. Aaron Huston on 21 acres has delighted himself and others in the project with a bounty of food grown from this vertical garden.

July

  • New Website coming soon!
    Meghan Grunnow has volunteered to redo the website into a more attractive, effective site. Looking forward to launching soon!

August

  • New Marketing approach
    Keirsten Lindholm, a growth hacker who transitions best practices into startup companies, has offered to help develop a marketing approach for Earth Harmony Habitats.

September

  • Build Small, Live Large Summit
    I was invited to assist in developing the curriculum for the Build Small Live Large 2015 Summit, specializing in the net zero impact session. The Build Small, Live Large summit is a one-day housing summit on Friday November 6, 2015 that will focus on smaller, greener and more affordable housing choices. The Summit will explore the leading edge of the space efficient housing movement – where design, cost, and care for the environment intersect with the needs of today’s changing demographics.

October

  • Earth Harmony Meeting
    Held another introduction to Earth Harmony Habitats to an enthusiastic crowd. Introduced the concept of certifying the homes to the Living Futures Institute’s “Living Community Challenge 1.0” certification. This standard, in addition to the home being net positive in environmental benefits, addresses the net social benefits of the community as well. This is a perfect standard in which to design to.

November

  • Developing Board of Advisors
    Robert "Tazo" Schafer is Earth Harmony Habitat’s first advisor of the newly established Board of Advisors. Tazo is a retired investor, entrepreneur, and “green” builder and advocate. He has in-depth knowledge of alternative energy production, and has built Earthships, straw bale housing, indoor gardens and water catchment, filtration, and re-cycling systems. He is a former associate dean at the University of Arizona in both the College of Engineering, as well, as the College of Business and Public Administration. He has consulted with both non-profit organizations and multi-national corporations. He served as a principle officer in a Washington, D.C. consulting firm.

December

  • Collaborative Mastermind group
    I was recently invited into a group of like minded professionals to work together to manifest buildings that flourish within an equitable share of earth’s carrying capacity. Looking forward to the process.

Thank you for your interest and significant contributions to this journey towards creating homes that flourish within an equitable share of earth’s carrying capacity.

Joyous Greenings,

David


You can never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. --
R. Buckminster Fuller

 Flourishing within an equitable share of earth’s carrying capacity.

Earth Harmony Habitats™
4917 SE Aldercrest Rd.
Portland, Oregon 97222-4757

Tel & Cell: (+1) 503 654 2070
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
website: www.earthharmonyhabitats.org

David Burdick (PE (WI), CEM, SHP, BPI, CPHC, LEED GA)
Professional Engineering (PE) Mechanical Wisconsin License #26503
Certified Energy Manager (CEM) License #19102
Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) License #1397
Sustainable Home Professional (SHP) member # 201212-5383
Building Performance Institute (BPI) Envelope & Building Analyst Professional ID#: 5047420
Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design -Green Associate (LEED GA), Member # 1081451

 

Board of Advisors

Amanda Schueler

Amanda Schueler

Amanda is a real estate agent in Portland, OR who focuses on sustainable, affordable homes and building practices. She regularly participates in actions protecting and honoring Mother Earth. Prior to her career in real estate, Amanda held a variety of positions, all centering around promoting the greater good, and advocating for those in need. 

Summer Gorder

Summer Gorder

President, ecoREAL, LLC, Associate AIA, LEED® AP+ BD&C, Well Building

As a recognized leader in the Green Building industry, Summer Gorder innovates sustainable design and construction practices that optimize performance of the building and team to make reaching goals easier and more efficient.  Her experience stems from over a decade of work with Sienna Architecture Company where her team guided the first international LEED Neighborhood Project in Dubai, as well as one of the first projects to pursue the Living Building ChallengeSM, the June Key Delta House in Portland, OR. Following Sienna in 2009, she founded ecoREAL to provide comprehensive educational and consulting services for sustainable development. She has helped dozens of projects exceed their LEED certification goals, and has taught hundreds of workshops to help people become LEED Accredited professionals. As part of her mission to make Green Building goals, cost effective she created ecoREAL’s  Green Building Integrative Management (GBIM) software and Lean LEED tools to provide teams with the training and tools necessary for meeting sustainability requirements without unnecessary cost premiums.  This process has been successfully used Government and University projects. The tools streamline LEED documentation, and verify healthy material tracking with real time reports that bridge the gap from design to construction. She teaches, leads and innovates to make Green Building the best investment for the people, the buildings, the environment and the community it serves. Her holistic approach makes a hybrid matrix to guide a team to meet the client’s needs.

Robert Schafer

Robert "Tazo" Schafer

Tazo is Earth Harmony Habitat’s first advisor of the newly established Board of Advisors. Tazo is a retired investor, entrepreneur, and “green” builder and advocate.  He has in-depth knowledge of alternative energy production, and has built Earthships, straw bale housing, indoor gardens and water catchment, filtration, and re-cycling systems.  He is a former associate dean at the University of Arizona in both the College of Engineering, as well, as the College of Business and Public Administration.  He has consulted with both non-profit organizations and multi-national corporations.  He served as a principle officer in a Washington, D.C. consulting firm.  

Walker Leiser

Walker Leiser

Walker helps green builders use living technology to improve building valuation and tenant experience.

His clients come to him because they:

  • lose sleep over choosing the right contractor or product for their project;
  • are frustrated with a difficult budgeting decisions, i.e. to VE or not to VE
  • are a happy to have real information about the value of "green" to their target market

His goal is to bring regenerative practices to bear on client challenges. He believes this is the only way to have a meaningful positive impact on the people, planet and profit.

By employing principles such as those found in Biomimicry, Biophilia and permaculture, we can reduce sick time, increase productivity, and improve employee retention, as well as improve the market value for a building. Walker helps clients see a direct impact on their top line revenue and bottom line results. In this way, we speed market adoption of regenerative practices.

Walker searches for simple ways of solving multiple and complex problems, through whole-system designs. Think: capture water on a roof or a street, use biology to clean it, solar to pump it, temperature gradient to passively cool/heat, and end with food production - which creates an entirely new closed loop.

Walker’s long term goal: to create a Living Building that meets the Food, Water, Energy and Waste needs of its inhabitants, and to build it such that it is a better financial decision compared to conventional building methods.

Specialties: Leadership in Sustainability; University of Oregon
Certified Permaculture Designer; Oregon Tilth Certified Organic Landcare Practitioner
Living Future Accreditation and Sustainable Homes Professional

Updates 2013

Update 2013

As the year winds to a close, I reflect on yet another productive year for Earth Harmony Habitats and its drive toward creating homes that exist in harmony with nature. Homes that are net restorative, that harvest their own energy via solar panels, collect all their water through rainwater harvesting, have zero waste through nutrient recycling and grow all their own vegetables through vertical and raised bed gardens.


My thanks go out to the dedicated volunteers, advocates and the myriad other invaluable contributors who have taken strides toward manifesting Earth Harmony Habitats during 2013.

Highlights of 2013

January

Sustainable Home Professional course
A six-month certification program to develop the technical expertise to design and build high-performance homes.

February

  • LEED Green Associates
    Achieving the LEED Green Associate certification. This certification demonstrates a solid, current understanding of green building principles and practices.

March

  • Better Living Show 2013
    Earth Harmony Habitats presented at a Portland trade show featuring ecologically minded home and lifestyles. This was an excellent opportunity to share the concepts with over 10,000 attendees.

April

May

  • Living Building Challenge and Earth Harmony Habitats presentation
    On May 14th, I gave 3 lectures to students of Washington State University in Vancouver, WA. The lectures discussed the Living Building Challenge and how it influenced Earth Harmony Habitats. Here is a 30 minute overview http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cD9AA-IayM
  • Energy Model
    Researched the parameters for building a Net Zero multifamily apartment complex for a local construction firm.

June

  • Village Building Convergence
    Earth Harmony Habitats, along with the Co-Housing associations of Trillium Hollow, Cascadia Commons and Columbia Eco-Village, teamed up to hold an open house and discussions over the weekend of the Convergence. Earth Harmony Habitats was presented on June 1st, from 1:00 to 2:00 at the Pond House in Milwaukie. At 3:00 pm, we visited a demonstration project of the Vertical Gardens.
  • National News
    Earth Harmony Habitats makes national news with the Examiner which highlighted Earth Harmony Habitat’s plan to build a complex of small family homes which combine the best in sustainable development and vertical gardening into a vibrant community. The Examiner.com is wholly owned by The Anschutz Corporation, one of the largest sports and entertainment companies in the world. http://www.examiner.com/article/earth-harmony-habitats-plans-for-a-sustainable-community
  • BPI certification
    Received certification as an Envelope and Building analyst advisor.
  • SHP certification
    Completed certification as a Sustainable Home Professional, garnering much technical expertise to design and build high-performance homes
  • WUFI-Passive training
    To further my certification as a Certified Passive House Consultant, I attended two day training on the latest software used to model homes to attain super energy efficiency. WUFI (Wärme Und Feuchte Instationär)-Passive combines passive building energy modeling with WUFI’s famed hygrothermal analysis power--essential to preventing moisture issues and to optimize for cooling/dehumidification conditions

July

  • Construction Drawings!
    John O’Renick, student at PSU, volunteered to develop construction drawings for Earth Harmony Habitats. John is experience carpenter, energy assessor, and builder, and his insights while learning CAD drawing software will be appreciated. This is a great opportunity to detail out the concepts.

August

  • Vertical Gardening Presentation
    The NW Permaculture Convergence 2013 invited me to make a presentation on the vertical gardens. The speaking opportunity gave me the chance to compare and contrast a soil based vertical garden to a hydroponic garden to an audience of avid enthusiasts. See the full presentation at (http://youtu.be/FFr-ozYqeDk)

September

  • Harvesting of full crop of 10 pounds of cherry tomatoes, along with nearly weekly harvesting of greens from the vertical garden prototypes.

October

  • Living Future Local Host Community Outreach Chair
    I have been invited to be Chair of the Local Host Outreach Committee for the Living Future 2014 conference, May 21-23 2014. This is a gathering of several thousand like-minded individuals interested in creating buildings that flourish within an equitable share of Earth’s carrying capacity. Tickets go fast, and always sell out. Save the date now, or even go online and assure your ticket today. Register at http://living-future.org/register
  • NW Eco Building Guild retreat
    I attended the NW Ecobuild Guild retreat (http://www.ecobuilding.org/), to convene with builder and architects involved in creating ecologically responsible buildings. My kind of people!
  • Earth Harmony Habitats Meeting
    Held a meeting this month to update progress made over the last year and to reach out to homeowners who might be interested in building one of these units as an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) in their backyard.

November

December

  • Construction Drawings
    John O’Renick completed the first draft of Earth Harmony Habitats construction drawings. Congratulations to John for his insights into the construction process. Another essential step closer to manifesting the dream and make the project a reality!
  • Marketing Campaign
    Collaboration with Future Stewards LLC, a new, cutting edge, cross-channel marketing firm to create a progressive online, offline, video and social media presence and follow up system in target markets for Earth Harmony Habitats.
  • New Business: Four Elements Engineering
    My business is evolving, combining my passion for fostering sustainability with my skills and knowledge in engineering. Named “Four Elements Engineering”, we collaborate with architects and builders to provide comprehensive research, engineering and design to create sustainable buildings that are in harmony with nature and have little or no ecological impact. We specialize in evaluating designs from four elements of design: Water, Air, Earth (nutrients) and Fire (energy). The goal is to collaboratively create buildings that flourish within an equitable share of earth’s carrying capacity. See the new site at www.fourelementsengineering.com

Celebrating the achievements of the past year, I look ahead with optimism. With the spirit of sustainable, self sufficient homes, Earth Harmony Habitats continues to thrive, and the stage is set for a remarkable 2014.

Thank you for your significant interest and contributions to this journey towards creating homes that flourish within an equitable share of earth’s carrying capacity.

Joyous Greenings,

David
You can never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. --


R. Buckminster Fuller

 Flourishing within an equitable share of earth’s carrying capacity.

Earth Harmony Habitats™
4917 SE Aldercrest Rd.
Portland, Oregon 97222-4757

Tel & Cell: (+1) 503 654 2070
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
website: www.earthharmonyhabitats.org

David Burdick (PE (WI), CEM, SHP, BPI, CPHC, LEED GA)
Professional Engineering (PE) Mechanical Wisconsin License #26503
Certified Energy Manager (CEM) License #19102
Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) License #1397
Sustainable Home Professional (SHP) member # 201212-5383
Building Performance Institute (BPI) Envelope & Building Analyst Professional ID#: 5047420
Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design -Green Associate (LEED GA), Member # 1081451