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CHP is Coming to the Inn

Co-generation is the simultaneous production of two forms of energy from a single fuel source. In our case, we will be using natural gas to make electricity and hot water for heat and domestic hot water for the Inn. The system will be located in Catherine’s pottery studio and will be able to be viewed

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Your Product, Our Hotel

Would your product be a good fit for the first net zero energy sustainable hotel built? The Green Leaf Inn is a unique project that combines a building renovation, new construction, commercial and residential as a hotel. This is a demonstration project for sustainable green building products and energy and water systems. As the first net zero energy hotel project, we will show products for all rooms of a home owner and also a commercial enterprise and of course hospitality goes without saying. Education and being exposed to different products and energy systems and water treatment is critical for building a sustainable future.

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90% Efficient

What is 90% efficient compared to a power plant at 35% and will be at the Green Leaf Inn? Co-generation or as it is now called Combine Heat and Power allows for the efficient use of natural gas (some systems run on propane, oil and coal) and range from 1kw to many megawatts is output. The fuel is burned to make electricity but unlike the power plant that just dumps the heat (thus only 35% efficient) a CHP captures the majority of the waste heat

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Below Ground at the Green Leaf Inn

Underground rainwater storage, electric, gas, geothermal wells, thermal water storage insulated to R-80, domestic water well, just like the veins and arteries and nervous system for the entire campus to function in a holistic energy system. Each part of the system is designed to do more than just one thing. Typically the well guy does his

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Life with a Wind Turbine

Contrary to the believe of some residents at the recent town meet, having a wind turbine at 45db is NOT like putting a bumble bee in each ear and duct tape them in. Conditional Use Permit public discussion gives everyone a chance to voice their opinions and feelings. The letter the town sent out had

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Before the Blades Go Up

When the idea of the Green Leaf Inn first started we knew that wind turbine on site would be the perfect symbol for sustainability and a landmark from the road. Wind Assessment Before you just stick up a wind turbine, you need to see whether it makes sense and in WI, you have to have

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Going Green Expo at Navy Pier

We displayed at the Going Green Expo at Navy Pier and met a Clay Atisan and Plasterer Catherine had been talking about doing some accent walls with American Clay.  We were at the show to gain some exposure and gather names of people interested in going green. While talking to one couple about wind turbines and siting, Catherine was approached by another company

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Renewable Energy Expos

Presenting the Green Leaf project at renewable energy expos Catherine and I spoke on going green, renewable energy and developing our net zero energy hotels at the Women’s Resource Fair in Lake Geneva and The Smart Growth and Going Green sponsored by the Walworth County Realtors Association. The realtors show was great for some contacts since we are planning on condo-teling or selling the hotel rooms

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