Saunders, Real Estate, Hamptons

Real Estate Center

Dec 20, 2008 8:10 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Lunch With ... Frank Dalene of Telemark

Dec 20, 2008 8:10 AM

We have a project with a client in the estate section of East Hampton, who wants to build a zero-energy carbon-neutral footprint home. We don’t know if we’re going to be able to do it but we’re gathering together universities and national building scientists and the owner has agreed for us to film a documentary as an example of building with this as a goal—and it’s a very lofty goal. We’re reaching out to manufacturers. Our company is going to Germany this weekend to visit a company that manufactures windows. Their performance standard blows away everything in this county. Windows are your number one heat loss area. We’re going to ask them to contribute to this project. I believe it can be done.

Q: You sound like your interest here is more than just saving your clients some money on their heating bills

A: I’m an environmentalist at heart. I’m a builder and an environmentalist. People say that’s an oxymoron but I was involved in green building back in the 1970s before it was termed “green.” We have developed systems in water-source geothermal going back to the 90s. Passive solar, active solar, using certain materials like bamboo early on, geothermal before it became popular. I went to the Amazon to photo-document sustainable yield forestry and selective harvesting for a project we were working on. I’ve always had a green consciousness.

<<  1  |  2  |  3  

You've read 1 of 7 free articles this month.

Already a subscriber? Sign in