Posts Tagged ‘Green Remodeling’

Gaspar’s Construction is a member of the Washington Business Alliance (WBA).  With a strong desire to ensure a quality, affordable education for her grandchildren, Cathy Gaspar has joined the WBA education committee. 

The WBA is an alliance of businesses that brings an entrepreneurial approach to solving our states greatest challenges in education, healthcare, transportation, the environment and fiscal governance.  We promote understanding, collaboration, and advocacy of solutions that foster long-term business growth and community prosperity.

The business values that drive us:

  1. Understand the viewpoints of key constituents, research facts and best practices, and communicate our findings.
  2. Collaborate with others involved in solution generation, and facilitate open forums to build consensus on goals and strategies.
  3. Advocate strategic policies that foster long-term results, and assist with shorter-term opportunities that support our vision.
  4. Accomplish what we set out to do.

We envision:

  1. A quality education system that graduates students ready to fill the jobs of the 21st century.
  2. Innovative research and development that attracts talent and creates compelling technologies to generate new, high-paying jobs.
  3. An integrated, sustainable transportation system that efficiently moves people and freight with reduced environmental impact.
  4. High quality of life that results from a strong economy, environmental stewardship and enhancement of our natural resources.
  5. An affordable healthcare system focused on preventing illness and promoting active, healthy lifestyles and individual accountability.
  6. Economic growth and state fiscal management that enhance the business climate and enable communities to thrive.

Visit the Washinton Business Alliance at http://www.wabusinessalliance.org/


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Between the tax credits, rising energy costs and the decision for many homeowners that they will stay in their current home for longer than anticipated due to economic struggles, there has been an increased demand for energy efficient products and systems.  You could say it is on just about everyone’s mind.

Home Savvi, a local home remodeling resource for homeowners, is hosting a FREE seminar on Tuesday January 26th, where local experts will talk with you about the top 10 ways you can save money on heating, lighting and green building in 2010.

Our own Sarah Gaspar Henry from Gaspar’s will be there to represent the building genre.  This is a fun opportunity to connect with other homeowners and share remodeling stories or tips.  Plus the panel of local experts will share the real scoop on energy efficiency, green building and other ways to save money while adding value to your home.


Lighting Universe, Seattle Design Center

5701 6th Ave South, Seattle, WA 98108

Event Agenda

*6:30-7:00pm – Registration/Networking/Showroom visit (light drinks and appetizers will be served)

*7:00-8:00pm – Panel Discussion

*8:00-8:30pm – Q&A Session / Prize Drawing


Admission is entirely free, but is limited to 30 people, so don’t delay in registration! You can register online HERE.  If you have questions, you can call Home Savvi at 206.965.9686.


Home Savvi has a reputation for their useful seminars and great prizes.  This seminar’s prizes will include a $1200 bath vanity, sink and mirror from Fairmont Designs, a $375 Viking Continuous Feed Food Waste Disposer, A 2-Hour Complimentary Handyman Service from Gaspar’s, and 10% off any purchase from the Lighting Universe family of stores.  Considering there is a 30 person limit at the event, the odds of winning something are stellar!

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caroma toiletWhen I woke up this morning, I didn’t think I would be writing about a toilet.  However I’m so intrigued by Caroma’s “Profile Smart” toilet, I just have to share!

The Profile Smart toilet is a dual-flush unit that has a wash basin above the cistern.  When you flush, fresh water comes out of the “faucet”.  It drains down the sink and gets stored in the tank for the next flush.


  • If you have a tiny space/powder room with no room for a traditional sink, this is a good fit.
  • Since you are flushing with grey water, you conserve even more water than a traditional dual-flush.


  • The wash basin is fairly small, so if you are a lively hand washer you could potentially make a watery mess.
  • The ledge around the sink is thin, which limits the types of soap dispenser that can safely sit there.

The Profile Smart is Watersense® labeled which means it meets EPA standards for water efficiency and performance criteria.  You can find a list of other Watersense® toilets here.

– Lauren

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Dates:  Saturday Oct 17th & Sunday Oct 18th

Time:  10am – 5pm each day

Address:  Gaspar’s project – 2817 10th Ave E, Seattle

It’s that time again!  Last weekend was the Remodeled Homes Tour put on by the Master Builder’s Association.  Each year, members and their gracious clients open their newly remodeled homes for the public to view. There were 19 homes on the tour (Gaspar’s is home #8) and the doors were open from 10am – 5pm both Saturday and Sunday.

There is always a benefiting charity and this year the Master Builder’s Association let us choose our own charity.  We chose the Women’s Funding Alliance.  And as if seeing beautiful projects and raising awareness for charity isn’t enough to get you excited, this year the tour was FREE!   Ticket books with tour home addresses, pictures, descriptions and directions were obtained the day of the tour at tour homes.  They were also obtained at  Dunn Lumber or Chown Hardware locations.

We were really excited to show our tour home this year, as it is a personal favorite of many employees and is Built Green.  Mark wrote about the project here , under “Century old Seattle craftsman goes Green”.

If you have attended a tour in the previous years, you know how much fun it is to tour homes of different styles and see professional remodeling up close.  If you are looking to remodel your home, the tour is like “speed dating”, as homeowners get to meet many remodelers in one day.  We were happy to see so many of you there!

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This is just another example of the great opportunities our city offers for homeowners who are committed to making their homes more sustainable.

The Environmental Outreach and Stewardship Alliance (more affectionately   called EOS Alliance) is embarking on a new community program called Green Blocks to help neighborhoods go green, beginning with a free home energy audit and evaluation.  Please note the homeowner application deadline is Friday, June 26th.  You can download applications here .

From their website:

“EOS Alliance is helping Seattle residents go green one block at a time through a Green Blocks Pilot Project. The Green Blocks project provides energy audits and some energy efficiency measures free of charge to participating Seattle. Participating residents submit applications and are selected based on the number of applicants received from the same city block. All Seattle home owners are eligible for this program.

From July 6 through August 21, 2009, participating residents will receive free home environmental performance assessments. Each assessment will be conducted by professionals certified by the Building Performance Institute (BPI). These are the same professional assessments that cost $400 to $600 and include evaluations of home energy, water, fossil fuel, solid waste, and landscaping efficiency. Each participating home owner will receive a report outlining home performance; recommended improvements; applicable grants, rebates, and tax incentives; and available services and training.

Environmental performance measures installed as part of the Green Blocks program may include smart electric meters, weather-stripping, door sweeps, gap sealant, low-flow sink aerators, low-flow showerheads, programmable thermostats, CFLs, hot water tank insulation, attic and wall insulation, efficient appliances, rain barrels, sheet mulching, drought tolerant landscaping, storm water infiltration swales, and vegetable garden beds.

Once environmental performance measures have been installed, EOS Alliance will track energy, water, and fuel usage for at least one year to note the benefits and changes in consumption. Individual and household information will remain confidential and only generalized data will be used to assess the program.”

So homeowners, not only do you get the value of the audit, but you also contribute to the bigger picture as your home will provide data about the benefits of energy improvements.  Sign up now.



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