Field Notes

ABC Green Home Makes Debut

Irvine, Calif.–The ABC (Affordable, Buildable, Certifiable) Green Home, the first sustainable home of its kind to be built with readily available building materials, is now open to the public. A collaboration among Green Home Builder magazine, Southern California Edison (SCE) and Irvine’s Great Park, the home will be used to educate and train builders, students, industry groups, and thousands of visitors. It demonstrates that a solar-powered, sustainable home can be built using available materials, technology and appliances at a cost that is competitive with conventional housing.

This project, which has received six green certificates from four different agencies, is on display at the Great Park, allowing the homeowners and industry professionals to explore the concept of affordable eco-living––a necessity for tomorrow’s housing, and part of an effort to meet California’s mandates to build “net-zero” homes––homes that produce as much energy as they use. In early 2014, the ABC Green Home partners will donate the house to a combat-wounded veteran via Habitat for Humanity.

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Recruits And Ladders

Baltimore-based landscape architecture firm Floura Teeter Landscape Architects (FTLA) continues to grow with the addition of Landscape Designer Zachary Baier. Baier also holds a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from Penn State, where he was recognized as a Charles Thorp Endowment Winner for his work on a conceptual design for a temporary installation celebrating 150 years of Italian Unification.

Three of Cooper Lighting’s LED architectural products have been recognized for ingenuity in Architectural Products Product Innovation Awards (PIA) competition—the IRiS P3LED Directional Series, io Lili Gen II Recessed Indirect Luminaires, and the Lumière Eon Bollards.

Rich S. Klarck was hired at Williams Architects to serve as an in-house aquatic engineer. He has been a designer and engineer in the aquatic industry for more than 24 years.

Agrium Advanced Technologies (AAT) has joined the National Hispanic Landscape Alliance (NHLA) as a Supporting Member.


Rain Bird Announces Irrigation Training Schedule

Rain Bird Services Corporation today announced the dates and locations of its 2012-2013 Rain Bird Academy training season. Rain Bird Academy classes provide expert training on the installation, maintenance and design of irrigation systems. Because these classes are non-manufacturer-specific, there’s never a product sales pitch or promotion. Additional information and online registration are available at or call 800-498-1942.


Podcast Stresses Importance Of Irrigation During Drought

Lewey Landscaping & LawnCare, Inc., a full-service landscaping and lawn care company, has released a podcast on lawn irrigation during drought-like conditions. In the podcast, Kim Lewey, co-owner of the company, discusses the most common landscaping concerns when an area is going through an extended period without rain, as well as regulations that must be followed during such times, and how to create a drought-resistant lawn with reduced water usage. The podcast is available for download at


SAH Launches Awards Program

Chicago, Ill.–The Society of Architectural Historians has launched a new awards program to honor excellence in design-related professions:

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