Renumeration Opportunities with Green Building Concepts & Cloak Media

Somewhere in 2009, I had an idea to device a scheme to build a residential addition with just 2 people, and when necessary heavy equipment like forklifts, cranes, pump-jacks, and other material handling rigs. Some tasks became untenable, and I had to bring in specialized sub-contractors to get the job done quickly and safely. I’ve utilized a lot of volunteer labor, but I cannot expect altruism on a regular basis, but often on a quid pro quo status. If you come help me set a few fiber cement panels, I can home help you move some boxes, or access some online service.

As my project enters a more time sensitive window, where the sun’s UV radiation, can regrade certain elements, I need to expedite the installation. If you have the tools, interest, and courage to come on an adventure with a demanding building scientist, please contact me. Direct message me through my @greenconcepts twitter account, or a phone call to +1-818-308-5773. I don’t have much to offer, but if your financial requirements align with my renumeration model, and you see an opportunity not just to contribute to the Dark Green Sandwich Panel Addition, but participate in an ongoing research platform, we can publish our journal articles together. I have opportunities in the construction of both the information and physical world for the next six to eight months. I Look forward to our discussions (Accepting applications on a continuous basis, 1st round interviews from 13 March – 18 March 2015).

History of Green Building Concepts Project

I uncovered some papers dated from 1995, nearly 20 years ago. I had just graduated from Stanford University School of Engineering with a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, High Temperature Gas Dynamics Laboratory branch, with much interest in fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and heat transfer. I though I could parlay this into the alternative energy world of 1993, but no nation or industry wanted to bet billions on the future. The only positions available involved nuclear generating stations, pulverized coal combustion (now called Clean Coal), commercial refrigeration systems, or air bag inflation systems (similar to current Takata Corporation). I thought I had a unique opportunity and bravado to pursue my dreams, and had the financial backing from my family to move forward.

I did not think it would take 20 years! In this old letter, I describe my aspirational home office addition project. I wonder if time has been kind to these ideas? Has the built environment responded to the dire situation that is global climate change? We do not welcome, but as a building community, we must respond to the reality of global climate change. We assume the mantle one of my Stanford Engineering professors started, Stephen Schneider (dead at a young 65). It’s up to his engineering disciples to continue on in the struggle. We must go beyond issuing the proper insurance or reinsurrance to deal with the dramatic effects of climate change, but respond dynamically to future threats. My Global Climate Change research published in 1992 predicted a coming tipping point to curtail emissions. We are five years past I consider possible climate change reversal. We must now respond to the dire consequences of inaction.

Other than a change in language from handicapped to disabled or Macintosh to Mac the requirements never changed. We call them USGBC LEED, CalGreen Rated, GreenPoint Rated, or NAHB Green. Nothing has changed. As an individual I know why it took 20 years to accumulate enough wealth, knowledge, the birth of the Internet (called nascent World Wide Web) and design mojo to build a one of kind architectural interesting test platform, but why has the industry lagged so behind what I called basic building science circa 1990?

Letter to AIA San Fernando Chapter

20 December 1995

Hello AIA,

I called by phone yesterday looking for a referral to one your members. This note is to further specify my design and experience requirements. Please send a list of qualified architects by fax or mail in the next few weeks.

We are in the preliminary stages of planning an addition/guest house for my family home. I send my involvement in the project and what mechanical and building systems would be required and to see if one your members would be comfortable with these requirements:

1. Ultra high efficient building (i.e., wood foundation, insulated structural panels, advance windows, etc.)

2. Passive solar cooling/heating if possible

3. Reduced total energy of structure (recycled materials, engineered wood, etc.)

4. Separate HVAC and ventilation system

5. Home automation where possible

6. Natural lighting when possible (solar and fiber optic)

7. Universal design protocols (fully accessible to handicapped individual) ADA compliant

8. Proficient computer skills (world wide web, e-mail, Macintosh)

I take an active part as designer-owner-builder of my home. Currently I plan to perform most of the construction and general contacting for the job. Thank you.


Ismael Rosales

2015 Update
I did not get any actionable referrals back in 1995. This letter in 2015 would have many people knocking on my door. My structure is more than 74% complete and the Public Open House is nearing.

Low Voltage Wiring

The City Building Inspector only cared about the high voltage AC of my project. When I mentioned I wanted to intsall HDMI, speaker wire, 1GbE wire, and RG6 coax cable, he said do it, but it would not require inspection. I plan to work with a system integrator to complete this part of the project.

I am laying the groundwork for the next 10-20 years of audio enjoyment. I been around the country becoming my own system integrator. I am the lead owner-builder on the project, doing most of work via subcontractors or personally. I am also the architect, specifying almost every product.

My hope is the integrate all these products into a cohesive unity of lovely symbiosis.

Current Displays
Sony Playstation 3D Display
HP Elite L2201x
Lenovo ThinkVision L220X CCFL LCD Display

Aspirational Displays Computer
Apple iMac with Retina 5K Display
Dual LG 34UM95-P Displays

Aspirational Displays Entertainment
Active 3D 55”-65″ 4K LED LCD with Localized Dimming
Sony XBR-65X950B
Sony XBR-55X850A
Sony XBR-55HX950

Blu-Ray Player
Sony 3D Wi-Fi BDP-BX58

DVD Recorder
Toshiba DVD Recorder

Color Calibration
X-Rite ColorMunki Display

Left Ear Fidelity
Phonak ComPilot
Phonak Brio R-312RT

Sony Pulse Elite Wireless Headset

Current Receiver Portfolio
Denon AVR-610
Nakamichi AV-3s
Nakamichi TA-1A
Nakamichi AV-10
Yamaha neoHD YMC-500

Aspirational Receiver Requirements
HD Radio Built-In
Dolby Atmos Built-In
Bluetooth to connect with Phonak System

Aspirational Receiver
Yamaha RX-A800
Yamaha RX-A1030
Yamaha RX-A1040
Yamaha RX-A2030
Yamaha RX-A2040
Yamaha RX-A1000, RX-A1010, RX-A1020, RX-A2000, RX-A2010, RX-A2020, RX-A3000, RX-A3010

Current Home Theater PC
Lenovo IdeaCentre Q180 Windows Media Center
Lenovo Q190 Windows Media Center
Six network available ATSC HDHomeRun tuners

Current Speaker sets
B&W DM 310 Stereo Set
Vandersteen 2Ce Stereo Set
JBL Studio 180 4 Channel Set
JBL Studio 120C Center Channel

Aspirational Loudspeakers/Subs
Genelec G Series
Harman Revel Performa3 Stereo Set
Vandersteen Model 3A Signature
JBL Studio 1 SUB150P

1GbE Wired Network
TrippLite SmartPro 750VA rack mount line interactive sine wave UPS
Netgear ProSafe 24-port 1GbE smart switch GS724T

Belden 1309A Building Speaker Wire
Belden CAT5e, RG6 COAX, and 1GbE patch cable Additional Interconnects

Current Control/Automation/Monitoring
ThinkEco Modlet System

Aspirational Control/Automation/Monitoring
Control 4
WattStopper Miro
Legrand Adorne
elgato eve
elgato avea

Typical Resellers