Fred Koch is a world class builder who is trying to transform the South Bay into the nation’s first carbon-neutral region. I just met with Fred Koch the other day for a cup of java. We were at a local hang-out on the Pacific Coast Highway, Patrick’s Roadhouse, and talking about one of the most important areas of green living: our homes.

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Builders Zero In on New Goal Of Energy – Neutral Housing. The green building movement is targeting a goal once thought virtually unattainable: zero net energy use. While the trend is nascent, dozens of “net zero” and “near net zero” developments – projects designed to use only about as much power from the public grid as they can save or produce on their own – have sprung up across the U.S. over the past five years.

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Net Zero Energy,
Zero Carbon Home Breaks ground in So Cal

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Some of the folks I got to yap with were: Manhattan Beach’s Environmental Programs manager Sona Kalapura; Martha Segovia from the South Bay Environmental Services Center; Scott Powell, president of Hermosa Beach’s Earth Club; Fred Koch, president of Fred Koch Green Builders; Congresswoman Harman’s Environmental Deputy Diane Moss; Dan Thomsen, president and founder of the Building Doctors; and Alison Suffet Diaz, founder of the Environmental Charter High School and Middle School.

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As a green builder in southern California with LEED and Build it Green credentials, I continuously challenge myself to save my clients money while saving the environment.

My company, KOCH Development, is unique because our approach is to do as much as we can with the least. This generally begins with dismantling rather than demolishing the structure we’re greening! We typically reuse the wood—twice. The first use is for forming concrete, and after we clean forms, we use it for framing blocking, studs or floor/ceiling joists. The key to this is to use Duogard water-based form-release agent on the surface of the wood.

“The Scientific Evidence for Climate Change, California’s Clean Energy Plan, Green Home Upgrades and the Bragg Healthy Lifestyle” David Steinman interviews Dr. Tom Peterson, chief scientist at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center; Lauren Sommer, reporter for KQED’s Climate Watch; Fred Koch, president of Koch Development; and Dr. Patricia Bragg, president of Bragg Live Foods.

Los Angeles Green Career Conference 2009 at UCLA. GREEN Industry Perspective Panel Keynote Speaker Fred Koch will discuss insider perspectives about the GREEN building industry, using skills you have to get the GREEN job you want and strategic education and training options.

Torrance Environmental Quality and Energy Saving Commission started out well with a terrific presentation by Fred Koch, owner of KOCH Development in Torrance. Fred gave a very informative Power Point on hisGREEN philosophy and practices and educated the Commissioners on the BuilditGreen process. He also had some good practical advice for the Commish on better practices for the Planning and Inspection Departments when interacting with green builders in the future. Unfortunately, once Mr. Koch was finished, it was all downhill from there.

Yung Oey and Family along with Fred Koch stand proudly in front of Los Angeles County’s South Bay first BuilditGreen certified GREEN home.

Local Builder works to nail down environmentally friendly rating. As developers struggle to make money in a slow housing market, Fred Koch is in pursuit of another kind of green. The owner of KOCH Development is building what are expected to be the first Los Angeles South Bay homes to be certified by a statewide environmental group called BuilditGreen.

SolarMax and Pioneer GREEN Builder KOCH Development Offer First Ever ECO-R.O.I. Guarantee. A power partnership breaks new boundaries by combining SolarMax direct manufacturing solar technology with certified GREEN building specialists KOCH Development.

California State Senator Ted Lieu and Fred Koch at Los Angeles Southbay’s Environmental Fair.