Meet the Icelandic couple designing flameproof eco-friendly buildings in Santa Monica

first_imgA Santa Monica company is working to make homes less prone to fire damage. Art Gray photography.Icelandic couple, Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir and Tryggvi Thorsteinsson, owners of architecture firm, Minarc, mnmMOD, ERLA Construction and Plús Hús. Photo credit: AstaTags :eco-friendly buildingsErla Dögg IngjaldsdottirmnmMOD Panel SystemTryggvi Ingjaldsdottirshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentSMC adopts budget detailing tough financial futureTransparency Project – Following the Money; City Council RaceYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter16 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor16 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson16 hours ago HomeFeaturedMeet the Icelandic couple designing flameproof eco-friendly buildings in Santa Monica Oct. 09, 2020 at 6:00 amFeaturedNewsReal EstateMeet the Icelandic couple designing flameproof eco-friendly buildings in Santa MonicaClara Harter8 months agoeco-friendly buildingsErla Dögg IngjaldsdottirmnmMOD Panel SystemTryggvi IngjaldsdottirA Santa Monica company is working to make homes less prone to fire damage. Courtesy photos. So far 2020 has been California’s worst fire season in history, with thousands of homes perishing in flames.  Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir and Tryggvi Thorsteinsson, owners of architecture firm Minarc, want to change that. Instead of rebuilding houses with new flammable structures, they have designed the mnmMOD Panel System — an alternative to wood framing that uses EPS foam and steel to build eco-friendly fire-resistant homes.Fires can spread from a single ember floating from one house to another. As neither the EPS foam nor the steel in mnmMOD’s panels will support flame, mnmMOD structures will not spread wildfires, offering protection to the homeowners and their surrounding community.“It’s the future of building. Now we are constantly building and burning homes and rebuilding them the same way. Instead we have a solution that we really want to get out there and have more people know about,” said Erla.In addition to their fire resistant properties, these panels have many cost saving and environmental benefits. They are made from 30 percent recycled content and are 40 percent more energy efficient than a traditionally-built home. mnmMOD panels are also 98 percent recyclable, provide state-of-the field insulation, and do not support mold, termites, or warping.“Around 30 percent of wood in construction ends up in landfill. We wanted to make something that would be prefabricated, because in a factory you can recycle things that are not usable, but on a job site it all gets mixed in a big container,” said Tryggvi. “You can’t manufacture something and put the responsibility on the consumer. As a manufacturer you have to be responsible for the entire project of the recyclability.”Erla and Tryggvi founded Minarc in Santa Monica in 1999, and were at the vanguard of non-flammable building designs. The first mnmMOD panels were built at a small factory at the Santa Monica airport and the first house was constructed on Superba Ave in Venice.“We both come from Iceland and I think our love of Santa Monica has something to do with the ocean breeze, us being islanders,” said Erla.“Is there anything on the other side of the 405? I don’t know yet,” said Tryggvi. “We love the City. We have three daughters, they all use the school system here — it’s a fantastic town.”mnmMOD panels are fully customizable, so customers can design any home layout they would like. The panels form the frame of the house, while the plumbing, wiring, and furnishing can be completed by any company the customer chooses.The panels are very similar in cost to traditional wood framing, but extra savings come down the line as the panels do not have termites, warp, rot, mold or mildew, according to Chris Gardner, Project Manager at mnmMOD.“The insulation quality of the EPS foam we use is very high so the electricity you use in the home is minimized and your savings continue on,” said Gardner. “The money saving is also in construction. Due to our panels being prefabricated at the factory, when they arrive at the site you just put them up and screw in place, there is no carpenter or framer necessary.”When mnmMOD was launched in 1999, it was one of the only companies looking into these alternative building methods. Today the flame-proof building market is growing, but according to Erla and Tryggvi it’s not growing quick enough.“We hope this building technique will become more mainstream in the future. My hope is that we don’t see houses that were just rebuilt burn down again, and again, and again, and that we can be part of a change,” said Erla.“We want to do something good for this world,” said Tryggvi. “Leave it better than when we came.”[email protected]last_img read more

Bob Weir, Willie Nelson, David Byrne, Hundreds More Artists Sign Letter To Congress Seeking Independent Venue Aid

first_imgHundreds of artists have signed an open letter to Congress requesting federal aid for ailing independent music venues as the live event hiatus continues due to COVID-19. The new push from artists joins the ongoing efforts of the National Independent Venue Association, a coalition of independent venues and promoters that’s been lobbying the federal government for financial assistance since forming in April.As the letter explains, “Independent venues give artists their start, often as the first stage most of us have played on. These venues were the first to close and will be the last to reopen. With zero revenue and the overwhelming overhead of rent, mortgage, utilities, taxes and insurance, 90% of independent venues report that if the shutdown lasts six months and there’s no federal assistance, they will never reopen again.”The open letter was co-signed by hundreds of entertainers including Dave Grohl, Billie Eilish, Willie Nelson, Mavis Staples, Jimmy Buffett, Lady Gaga, Gary Clark Jr., Coldplay, Neil Young, Kacey Musgraves, David Letterman, Jerry Seinfeld, Brittany Howard, Billy Joel, André 3000, Brandi Carlile, St. Vincent, Earth Wind & Fire, Justin Vernon, Cher, David Byrne, Norah Jones, Alice Cooper, Robert Plant, Bonnie Raitt, Chris Stapleton, Josh Homme, Carole King, Aaron Neville, Leon Bridges, Kamasi Washington, Wyclef Jean, Joan Baez, Trent Reznor, Graham Nash, Jack Black, Billy Porter, John Mayer, The Lumineers, Bob Weir, Jason Isbell, Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Ilana Glazer, Carly Simon, Damian Marley, Michael Franti, Drive-By Truckers, Beck, Kim Gordon, Eric Andre, Flatbush Zombies, Jon Hamm, Mickey Hart, and many more.The NIVA mission statement notes, “These entertainment hubs are critical to their local economies and tax bases as employers, tourism destinations, and revenue generators for neighboring businesses such as restaurants, hotels, and retail. Independent venues exist in every state across the country; they were the first to be closed, they will be the last to open. The economic recovery process will extend past just reopening the front doors, requiring solutions unique to the industry.”You can read the full open letter to Congress from artists and check out a full list of co-signees below:Artists’ Letter To CongressJune 18, 2020We, the undersigned artists, respectfully submit this letter in support of NIVA’s request for federal assistance for independent music venues and promoters across the United States.We will know America is “back” when our music venues are filled with fans enjoying concerts safely. The live music experience is inextricably tied to our nation’s cultural and economic fabric. In fact, 53% of Americans – that’s 172 million of us – attended a concert last year.We urge you to remember we are the nation that gave the world jazz, country, rock & roll, bluegrass, hip hop, metal, blues, and R&B. Entertainment is America’s largest economic export, with songs written and produced by American artists sung in every place on the globe. All of these genres of music, and the artists behind them, were able to thrive because they had neighborhood independent venues to play in and hone their craft, build an audience, and grow into the entertainers that bring joy to millions.Independent venues give artists their start, often as the first stage most of us have played on. These venues were the first to close and will be the last to reopen. With zero revenue and the overwhelming overhead of rent, mortgage, utilities, taxes and insurance, 90% of independent venues report that if the shutdown lasts six months and there’s no federal assistance, they will never reopen again.We are asking you to support NIVA’s request for assistance so these beloved venues can reopen when it’s safe and welcome us and our fans back in. The collapse of this crucial element in the music industry’s ecosystem would be devastating.Independent venues are asking for an investment to secure their future, not a handout. One Chicago report found that every dollar small venues generate in ticket sales results in $12 of economic activity. If these independent venues close forever, cities and towns across America will not only lose their cultural and entertainment hearts, but they will lose the engine that would otherwise be a driver of economic renewal for all the businesses that surround them.With respect and solidarity, we, as artists and as community members ourselves, urge you to pass federal legislation that will help #SaveOurStages. Artist Co-Signees – Full ListAdam ConoverAdam Lee MillerAdelineAdolescentsAfterlifeThe AgonistAhmed GallabAidan AlexanderAlabama ShakesAlan ParsonsAlex GreenwaldAlex HallAlex MaliAlexa MansourAlgebra BlessettAlice CooperAlison Mosshart (The Kills)Alison WonderlandThe AlmostAlpha WolfAlter BridgeAmanda Anne PlattThe Amazing KreskinAminéThe AmoursAmy SchumerAna PopovićAndre BenjaminAndrea RicciAndrew KyneAndrew LaubacherAndrew Savage (Parquet CourtsAndy CabicAngela JohnsonAngelica GarciaAnna St. LouisAnnie HartThe AquabatsArmand MajidiARTHURArthur MoonAsh CostelloAshlee SimpsonAugust Burns RedAyron JonesBAILENThe Ballroom ThievesDack JanielsDamian MarleyThe DamnedDan SmithDan Whitney (Larry the Cable Guy)Dance Gavin DanceDaniel NorgrenDaniela BojorgesDarius KoskiDarkest HourDarlingsideDaryl Hall (Hall & Oates)Dave AlvinDave Grohl (Foo Fighters)Dave MasonDavid Byrne (Talking Heads)David CopperfieldDavid CrosbyDavid GrayDavid LettermanDavid Ryan HarrisDavid WestDean WarehamThe Dear HunterDeb NeverDebi NovaDeep Sea DiverDeer TickDehdDemon HunterDeon ColeDermot KennedyDerrick DonaldsonDeva MahalThe Devil Wears PradaDIIVDinosaur Pile-UpDJ Beauty and the BeatzDon McLeanDonnell RawlingsDonnie ShawDoug BensonDoyle Bramhall IIDragged UnderDrive-By TruckersDrug ChurchDuane LauginigerJeff TweedyJeremiah Fraites (The Lumineers)Jerry SeinfeldJesse MalinJesse McCartneyJessie MuellerJessy WilsonJewelJim AdkinsJimbo MathusJimi PrimeTime SmithJimmy BuffettJimmy Eat WorldJoan BaezJoe HottingerJohn BonnelJohn Cafferty & the Beaver Brown BandJohn JorgensonJohn LeeJohn MayerJohn MellencampJohn P. 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ClaudettesColin FarrellCon BrioConor OberstThe ContortionistControl TopCordovasCorey LaitmanCounterpartsCraig SetariCrown The EmpireCryogeyserCulture ShockCurrentsCursiveCyancaThe Cybertronic SpreeCyndi LauperGeorge LopezGeorge WinstonGin BlossomsGina VolpeGio BenedettiGiraffageGlittererThe Good LifeGood RiddanceGooseGraham NashGrayscaleGreg HumphreysGRiZGuccihighwatersGWARThe HalestormHarvey Mason Jr.HavokHayes CarllHex CougarHighly SuspectThe HillBendersHONNEHope SandovalHopesfallHot Water MusicHovvdyI PrevailIan FowlesIan MacKaye (Fugazi)Ian RobertsIlana GlazerIliza ShlesingerIntervalsJack AntonoffJacob KileyJames Mercer (The Shins)James RouseJamie KennedyJason IsbellJason Schwartzman (Coconut Records)Jay LenoJay MohrJay SomJed Hilly (Americana Music Association)Jeff Cook (Alabama)Lucie SilvasLucinda WilliamsLucy DacusLucy WoodwardLuka KuplowskyLundThe MachineMacklemoreMadeline FollinMadison BeerMadison CunninghamMaggie RogersMaggie RoseMaimouna YoussefThe MaineMakonnenMandolin OrangeMandy MooreMara ConnorMarco BeneventoMarcus MachadoMarcus StephensMargo PriceMarielle KraftMars WilliamsMartha ScanlanMartie MaguireMary LattimoreMason JenningsMatt and KimMatt BesserMatt WalshMattiel BrownMaurice TorresMavis StaplesMax LeoneMax Savage (Parquet Courts)Mayday ParadeMe First And The Gimme GimmesMeg & DiaThe MelvinsMemphis May FireMia Berrin (Pom Pom Squad)Michael DiamondMichael FrantiRachel BrosnahanThe Rad TradsRafiq BhatiaRAMI JAFFEERancidRandy Owen (Alabama)Randy TravisRatboysRay LaMontagneRay RomanoThe Re-VoltsReal FriendsThe Red Clay StraysReggie WattsRenée FlemingRenee LaGoffRhea ButcherRhiannon GiddensRhyeRichard LewisRichard ThompsonRichie James FollinRick BurchRickie Lee JonesRings of SaturnRita OraRiverboat GamblersRob Ickes & Trey HensleyRob Thomas (Matchbox 20)Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin)Robert RamosRobert Williams (Big Sandy)Roger McGuinn (The Byrds)ROLE MODELRufus WainwrightRussell PetersRyan GaulRyan MattosRyan ScottSad13Sam AmidonSam DeRosaSam MeansSamy NameSarah BorgesSarah SilvermanSASAMISatellite ModeSavoir AdoreViolent FemmesVolumesVon VargasWalk The MoonWalker & RoyceWalton GogginsWar On WomenWarren HaynesWatskyWayne Kramer (MC5)We Banjo 3The Weather StationWenzdayWesley Schultz (The Lumineers)Western CenturiesWeyes BloodWhitechapelWhitney CummingsWhoopi GoldbergWHY?WilcoWill StrattonWilliam CanningWilliam HehirWilliam TylerWilliam WildWillie NelsonWilsenWingtipThe Wonder YearsThe Word AliveWukiWyclef JeanX AmbassadorsYowlerZac BrownZach LindZakk Wylde (Black Label Society)ZeddZeena KodaView List of ArtistsFor more information about the National Independent Venue Association, head here.last_img read more

Birthday Boy Delivers 100 Pizzas to Flood Victims, Inspires Others To Do The Same

first_imgAfter a few phone calls to Dominos, the boy’s parents Ross and Lanie bought 100 pies for the displaced Louisiana residents.They also made a post on Facebook asking if friends or family members wanted to contribute any additional pizzas in Carson’s honor.RELATED: Girl, 9, Uses Birthday Money To Buy Lunch For Detroit Cops After Dallas ShootingThat’s when people really started pie-ing it forward.The social media plea spread like wildfire until dozens more orders for delivery started flooding the Dominos phone lines.Inspired by the slew of compassion, the Italian eatery offered to match Carson’s 100 pizzas with their own.MORE: Man Makes 108 Pounds of BBQ For Displaced Baton Rouge Flood Victims363 pies were donated in total and several neighboring families even lent a hand delivering the gifts to the evacuees.“For a 9-year-old to even think to help people…it’s amazing,” flood victim Lacey Viator told ABC13. “It’s just so humbling especially in today’s time. You don’t see children that young who have such a big giving heart and that says a lot for Carson.”(WATCH the video below) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreInstead of cake and presents to celebrate his 9th birthday, Carson Boutte was inspired in a dream he had to ask for something rather unconventional of his parents: spending his gift money on pizzas for flood victims.. Multiply The Good – Click To ShareAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more