“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.” David Steinman – Owner, Green Patriot Radio
The Wall Street Journal
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.
Hermosa Beach, CA Patch
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.
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 Builders, 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 Builders; and Dr. Patricia Bragg, president of Bragg Live Foods.
Green-Point Rated Homes Project
Spring – 2017 we completed construction on two 2625 / 2705 Sq. Ft. two story (with basement) – four bedroom, four bath – Energy Efficient – Healthy Homes. These Green-Point Rated Homes are independently certified by BuilditGreen – a California non-profit organization promoting healthy, energy and resource efficient building best practices.
Green Career Conference, 2009
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.
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 Builders is building what are expected to be the first Los Angeles South Bay homes to be certified by a statewide environmental group called BuilditGreen.
Photos coming soon.