Happy New Year! With the first month of the New Year underway, we find ourselves excited about new possibilities and the role we can play in bringing about change.
As you’ll see from the stories we’ve included here, we are working to reach out to new partners—joining forces with individuals and organizations that share our vision and commitment to making the world a better place. Sharing knowledge and supporting these good works inspires us and keeps us going. Living here in the Northwest, surrounded by a strong community of innovators leading the way to a more sustainable future, we find new inspiration every day.
One of our favorite local groups is Oregon Environmental Council (OEC), a non-profit environmental organization with a legacy of pioneering public education and practical policy initiatives. In late 2007, OEC and the Oregon Collaborative on Health and the Environment released their “Pollution in People Report,” a study that tested ten Oregonians from different backgrounds for toxins commonly found in our environment. The results and some simple solutions to avoid these chemicals can be found in this comprehensive report at: http://www.oeconline.org/pollutioninpeople
Here’s to continuing to build a brighter future in 2008!
Virginia Young “YO” & Janie Lowe “LO”
YOLO Colorhouse Paints Add Warmth to First Platinum LEED Habitat for Humanity Home
The first Platinum LEED certified Habitat for Humanity (HfH) home in the country is now under construction in Riverside, California. The project will integrate environmentally responsible materials and energy efficient products and appliances whenever possible. Builders will minimize impact during construction, and the house will operate on solar power. Not only will the home be easier on the environment, but utility expenses are expected to be more than 50 percent below average. We’re proud that YOLO Colorhouse paint was chosen for the interior walls, selected for its green principles, performance and durability.
Volunteers broke ground in December, and the partner family, who will also help with construction, will move into their new home in the spring of 2008. A film documentary about the project will debut at the West Coast Green Expo in San Francisco in September 2008. In the meantime, look for an update on this project in the spring edition of COLORLAB.
Working with volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, HfH has built more than 225,000 homes around the world, providing more than one million people with safe, decent, affordable housing. To learn more about HfH or to become involved, visit www.habitat.org. [to top]
YOLO Colorhouse Ships Greener with EPA SmartWay
We’re delighted to announce that YOLO Colorhouse has become the first paint company to join the US Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Transport Partnership. The SmartWay program is an innovative collaboration between EPA and the freight industry to increase energy efficiency while significantly reducing greenhouse gases and air pollution. This partnership will help us in our commitment to promoting healthy air quality and carbon footprint reductions. [to top]
Preview The Natural House TV Pilot
Escape to a mountainside retreat just south of Hood River, OR and see how one couple created a family gathering space that combines cutting-edge green design, modern style and comfortable living. YOLO Colorhouse finishes were among the materials selected to help the home earn a LEED Silver certification.
This story and a “sidebar” about YOLO Colorhouse is part of a half-hour concept pilot of The Natural House, a proposed 13-part television series produced by Distant Planet Television. Be among the first to watch the segment by visiting www.distantplanet.net/Preview_Natural_House.html. YOLO Colorhouse makes an appearance about 12 minutes into the show. [to top]
Architecture for Humanity
Every once in a while you sit through a presentation that leaves you feeling alive, inspired and reinvigorated. At least that’s the way YOLO Colorhouse sales associate Michelle Ruber felt after attending the Architecture for Humanity (AfH) talk at the West Coast Green trade show last September.
“The people at AFH are visionaries. They design homes in communities where good design is needed most, helping to rebuild after disaster,” said Ruber. “While sitting through their slide show, looking at photo after photo of houses that were constructed with local materials and community labor, I had that gut feeling of knowing that this is the way to rebuild community vitality and pride, while creating amazing works of art.”
AfH is a non-profit organization providing pro bono design services around he world. To learn more about their work, or to donate to the cause, visit www.architectureforhumanity.org. [to top]
A Taste of YOLO Colorhouse in Commercial Spaces
Vindalho is a quintessential Portland, OR neighborhood restaurant and bar that serves a modern interpretation of classic Indian dishes. The food is always prepared with high-quality and sustainably produced ingredients that are sourced from local farmers. Vindalho’s space features environmentally responsible interior materials and furnishings, including YOLO Colorhouse zero VOC paint.
The owners wanted to create an atmosphere that reflected the rich colors and vibrant flavors of the food, so they chose LEAF .05, GRAIN .06, and CLAY .04. We asked Chef de Cuisine David Andersen to share two simple and delicious recipes that evoke the spirit of the restaurant and its cuisine that you could prepare at home.
Fresh Coriander Chutney (makes 2 cups)
1 cup cilantro, leaves only
½ cup mint, leaves only
4 fresh green Serrano chiles, minced
½ shallot, chopped
1 TBSP lemon juice
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 cup yogurt
1. In a blender combine the green chile, shallot and lemon and process until very finely minced. Add the mint and cilantro, stopping to scrape the sides of the jar down with a spatula. Add a little water if needed to keep the mixture moving.
2. Remove to a mixing bowl and fold in the sugar, salt and yogurt until thoroughly combined and smooth. Taste for seasoning.
“Tandoor Style” Prawns (serves 4-6)
24-36 large white prawns, peeled and deveined
½ cup yogurt
1 TBSP lemon juice
1 tsp ginger, minced
1 tsp garlic, minced
1 TBSP ground cumin
½ tsp garam masala
½ tsp cayenne
½ tsp white pepper
½ tsp turmeric
2 TBSP chickpea flour
½ cup cilantro, chopped fine
1 tsp salt
1. Combine all the marinade ingredients and add the prawns. Marinate for at least 1 hour.
2. Skewer and grill over very hot coals turning half way through until just cooked through.
When in Portland, make it a point to check out this amazing restaurant. For more details, visit www.vindalho.com. [to top]
Paint Tech Q&A: Primer 101
Q. What is the difference between your various primers?
A. We are proud of the fact that we have not only one zero VOC primer, but three. Our Inside Primer and Transitional Primer are designed for interior use. Our Inside Primer is formulated for use on new wallboard, raw wood, cured masonry, and previously painted latex surfaces. With new wallboard, remember to make sure that the surface is free of dust to ensure strong adhesion. Our Transitional Primer has been formulated to transition surfaces from oil paint to latex paint. You will most often find oil paint on trim or on kitchen and bath walls. If you aren’t sure whether the surface you want to paint over has oil paint on it, there’s any easy way to find out. Alcohol will dissolve latex but not oil. So, to test the paint, dip a cotton swab into a bottle of rubbing alcohol or fingernail polish remover and rub it over the surface. Latex paint will rub right off, but oil paint won’t budge. Using this method, the answer should be clear.
Before applying Transitional Primer, dull the surface with an abrasive pad so that there is no sheen left. Apply the Transitional Primer and let it cure a minimum of eight hours. For best results, allow 24 hours before topcoating. YOLO Colorhouse Outside Primer is specifically designed for exterior architecture, including non-bleeding wood and cured masonry. It is not formulated for metal, but can be painted with YOLO Colorhouse paint if already pre-primed. For more specifics on our trio of primers, visit www.yolocolorhouse.com. [to top]