Green December

Friends, if you have not attended the GREEN by DESIGN event presented by Austin Energy Green Building, the you must consider it! This day seminar is a quarterly event for Austinites preparing to build, buy or remodel a home and for homeowners who are looking to improve thier homes performance and energy efficiency. I attended this event for the first time in 2004 and CDS has sponsored it twice after that. Each time I have attended, I have learned many new things and have gained momentum in my enthusiasm for sustainable homes. The presenters are not only informative but entertaining and funny, there are a lot of laughs! The event includes lunch and opportunities to meet some local vendors sponsoring the event.

The next GREEN by DESIGN is this Saturday, December 3rd, that’s tomorrow!! I found out yesterday that there are still openings available and since it will be raining on Saturday (YAY!) why not spend the day learning about how to improve your home. For an added incentive, Custom Design Serices is offering a 1 hour free design consultation for any household registered for this weekend’s event. Be sure to register early enough today so that your lunch is ordered in time. Email me and let me know if you have any questions or to let me know that you have registered.

Another "must-do" this December is a visit to the new, sustainable, home improvment supply store TREEHOUSE, the smart home improvment store! TREEHOUSE has been open for just over a month and is located next to the Central Market in South Austin at 4477 South Lamar Blvd. I took a tour of thier store yesterday and was very impressed. The founders of TREEHOUSE mission is to find as much locally sourced and sustainability as possible in each product that they offer. They have all of the departments that a typical home improvment store would have except for appliances and lumber for now. They also offer a price guarantee, they will match the prices of thier products if another source has it for less. You will also see products like solar panels, clay plaster, insulation alternatives and a huge empasis on education. The center of thier store is a large area that is dedicted to workshops and speakers. Visit the TREEHOUSE website, you will be so excited you will want to go there and see it for your self! And when you are there, buy a Christmas tree. Yes, they have those too!

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