Chris Prelitz has been working to promote green alternatives to conventional building methods - and ways of life - for more than two decades. He is a pioneer in straw bale construction, a designer of solar-powered buildings and communities, and the author of Green Made Easy: The Everyday Guide for Transitioning to a Green Lifestyle.
In 1989 Prelitz founded Prelitz + Partners, a firm that collaborates with owners and architects to design and build alternative buildings and communities. His projects include a rammed-earth organizational headquarters in Hesperia, California, an off-the-grid solar community in Taos, New Mexico, and the unique Mercedes Benz dealership in Scottsdale, Arizona, where a grand portico cloaked in photovoltaic cells provides both power and shade. It is the first solarized auto dealership in the United States and the first to gain Silver status under the U. S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Environmental Design program.
In 1996 he co-founded the California Straw Building Association, which funded the safety and stability tests that convinced the State of California to give its blessing to this environmentally friendly building method. Besides building his own straw-bale and solar home in Laguna Beach (the first such in Southern California to go through the normal permit process), he recently consulted on the first public building in the U.S. built largely of straw bales, the award-winning Elyze Clifford Interpretive Center at a park in the City of Lancaster.
In 2008, Prelitz co-founded New Leaf America, an organization whose mission is to see one million dwellings a year retrofitted for energy and water efficiency. In June 2009 the San Francisco Business Times honored New Leaf America as an outstanding Green Business.
Prelitz has guest-hosted the Discovery Channel's Greenovate program, laying out the lessons of his home renovation experience. He is the media spokesperson for CitizenRe Solar, a firm that offers rooftop solar installation without upfront cost, and he has his own internet radio show, "Green Made Easy." In the 1980s he served on the Board of Directors of the Eos Institute, publishers of Earthword, the first American journal on sustainability, and he is a graduate of Duke University's internationally recognized Environmental Leadership program.
Prelitz speaks on green building, with special expertise in green remodeling and rehabilitation, in unconventional green building materials and techniques, and in retrofitting for renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Several videos featuring Chris Prelitz are available here, and information about his book is available here. To discuss him as a possible speaker, please call 408-865-0888, or send us an email message here.
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