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2013 annual stat report for Scotts Contracting-StLouis Renewable Energy

This blog was viewed about 27,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 10 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Here are some of my favorites from 2013


StLouis Brick Home Hempcrete Insulation Retrofit

Design by Scotty-St.Louis Brick Home Hempcrete Exterior Insulation Retrofit CAD Design

Hempcrete Brick Wall Retrofit Estimated RValues

  • 4 Inch Layer of Hempcrete = R14.2
  • Multi Wythe St Louis Brick Building= R5
  • Total Wall RValue=19.2
Hempcrete Brick Wall Retrofit Estimated RValues
4 Inch Layer of Hempcrete = R14.2
Multi Wythe St Louis Brick Building= R5
Total Wall RValue=19.2

My latest quest to Build a Green St.Louis by retrofitting the Brick Buildings located in the St.Louis Region.

Hempcrete Brick Wall Retrofit
Designed by Scotty- Stucco Like Finish Coat for Hempcrete Brick Wall Retrofit

Why Hempcrete and not other forms of insulation?

HempCrete Exterior Brick Wall Rebar Detail
Brick Wall 2’0 Rebar Reinforcement Detail
  1. Hemp Plant Fibers are a natural product that can be grown and sourced from Missouri Farmers.
  2. Hempcrete is as strong as Concrete with less damaging effects to our climate and provides a High RValue
  3. Adds Structural Reinforcement

HempCrete Exterior Brick Wall Dowel Pin Detail

The politics of bringing this product hempcrete product to market and grown locally I feel will be an uphill battle...until that time I suggest substituting Kenaf Plant Fibers instead of Hemp Plant Fibers.  Stay Tuned for more information.  Scotty 12-20-2013 Greg Flavall replied: “Bath Uni in UK have done extensive research across all waste cellulose including knaf and flax etc but hemp is the only hygroscopic cellulose that performs for insulation” 

Greg Flavall
Co-Founder / Technical Director

71 Brougham Street

New Plymouth 4310
New Zealand
Skype: galrfai8
Mr Greg Flaval has these suggestions:
  1. Depending on age of buildings u can ascertain whether lime mortar was used or cement. Older buildings used lime in which case u could add hemp/lime “plaster ” to exterior or interior to increase efficiency as we have done many times in Europe. If cement forget it; you’re asking for problems.
  2. In UK we have had problems in the early days adding hempcrete to cement mortared brick clad buildings bc they do not breathe and the hemp has deteriorated;…
  3. Also u can use an alkali resistant mesh cloth embedded into the Hempcrete for added flexural strength and no need for steel reinforcing unless you are horizontally affixing steel plates to retain brick structure

I’ll have additional details to add soon.  Scotty

added: 3/2/14 via: Hemp Technologies: High Thermal Resistance (R-Value = 2.5 – 3.0 per inch)

Solar Impulse Lands in StLouis Lambert Field


reposted from Green Blog at: http://stlouisrenewableenergy.blogspot.com/2013/06/solar-impulse-lands-in-stlouis-lambert.html

Solar Impulse Visit at Lambert – St. Louis Int Airport – 6-7th of June 2013

Solar Impulse St Louis, MO

With the severe weather we have been having in the region lately, I have been concerned for the planes and pilots safety for this monumental occasion.  I’m sure that there was some turbulence that the pilot and staff were forced to navigate on the 3rd Leg of the Journey across America from Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas to Lambert Field in StLouis.  Nevertheless the plane landed safely and can be viewed at the impromptu hanger that was built for the solar powered plane-41 Banshee Rd 63145

Time Line of the Trip Flight: Dallas KDFW – St. Louis KSTL
  • Pilot: Bertrand Piccard, Initiator and Chairman
    Take off time: June 3nd 04:06AM CDT (UTC-5)
    Landing time: June 4th 01:28AM CDT (UTC-5)
    Flight duration: 21h21min
    Average ground speed: 49 km/h (26.3 kt)
    Highest altitude reached: 7,315 m(24,000 ft)
    Flight Distance: 1040 km (~562 NM)

Here is a link to the directions / map for the Solar Impulse viewing at the Lambert Field 

  • Directions:
    • Take 1-170 to Exit 9A Airport Rd.
    • Go west to McDonnell Blvd.
    • Go north (right) to Banshee Rd.
    • Go west (left) on Banshee for approximately .6 miles
    • Signs will be in place at event entrance.
41 Banshee Road, StLouis MO 63145

Viewing Times Thursday and Friday-6-7th of June 2013- While the viewing is free pre-registration is required.

Solar Impulse


St Louis | View map
Come and see Solar Impulse’s solar airplane, HB-SIA, at Lambert – St. Louis International Airport.
Solar Impulse


St Louis | View map
Come and see Solar Impulse’s solar airplane, HB-SIA, at Lambert – St. Louis International Airport.

Keeping the pilot awake- Bertrand landed at Lambert-St. Louis International airport at 01:28 AM CDT (UTC-5), Tuesday June 4th, completing hislongest ever flight (21 hours 21 minutes).
The mobile hangar, a concept developed by Solar Impulse and being used for the first time during a mission, is setup and waiting to welcome the solar aircraft in its cocoon as soon as the Ground Crew haul it off the runway. This inflatable hangar was deployed after the one provided by Lambert-St. Louis was rendered inoperable by violent storms that struck the city and the airport this past weekend.
St. Louis was chosen as the destination for the third leg of this Across America mission for historic and symbolic reasons. St. Louis is best known for the “Spirit of St. Louis” who, piloted by Charles Lindbergh in 1927 completed the first non-stop flight from New York to Paris. This flight was made possible by St. Louis businessmen including the namesake of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, Albert Bond Lambert.
During today’s flight, there were a couple of memorable calls from the ground to the cockpit. This first one was from Erik Lindbergh, Charles’ grandson. They had a chance to discuss the importance of exploration and of inspiring younger generations to take a chance and become pioneers of and for the future. They also got to exchange thoughts on the future of aviation while they spoke about meeting again in Washington D.C. at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum under Erik’s grandfather’s “Spirit of St. Louis” and Bertrand’s “Breitling Orbiter”.
The other call was from Alan Nichols, President of the Explorer’s Club. He said he wished he could be up there, with Bertrand. At every stopover, chapters of the Explorer’s Club organized visits to see the solar airplane and they will hold a reception for Solar Impulse in New York City. Flag n°50 of the Club is travelling with André and Bertrand Across America – The same flag travelled to Morocco onboard HB-SIA during the 2012 Crossing Frontiers mission.
The best part of the flight, however, was the incredible response rate we got from Solar Impulse supporters who took to heart the call to “Keep the Pilot Awake”. A campaign launched by our Social Media and Community Engagement manager, Elâ Borschberg, over 600 people (and counting) responded with words of encouragement, via email, to the pilot and, more importantly, jokes to make him laugh.

In keeping with the green and eco friendly nature of theSolar Powered Plane I plan to take my girls grand-kids to the event via the StLouis Metro Transit use the Metro Trip Planner for a green alternative to view the Solar Powered Plane.


Stay Tuned for Further Details on the #Solar Powered Airplanes StLouis Visit.

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Join My Winged Friends-Plastic Recycling

While attempting to Lead by Example encouraging Plastic Recycling for the StLouis area.  I’ve received a little help from the neighborhood winged friends in recycling the plastic from the community.

While cleaning up the yard from the extreme storms that passed thru Missouri the other night I found this in the bushes in the Front Yard.  Finally another use for Plastic Litter.

Even the Birds are Doing It-Plastic Recycling

Future updates will be forthcoming: Type of Bird, Number of Eggs, etc.  Scotty

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Pt1 Spray Foam Insulation-St Louis Brick Buildings

Cost Effective:Energy Conservation for StLouis Brick Buildings

As a provider for Free Green Estimates and Advice in regard to Green Building for St Louis Homes.  I get many requests for my opinion on various construction related home and business requests for: improvements, retrofits, rehabbing buildings, energy conservation, and clean energy resources-by the people of StLouis .

Repairing a Stone or Rock Foundation on Typical StLouis Older Home
Repairing a Stone or Rock Foundation on Typical StLouis Older Home

Since education of Energy Conservation in building science is ignored by many builders in the region and what I feel is what led to a couple of requests for free estimate for: Spray Foam insulation for Interior Brick Walls on St Louis Brick Home.

I strongly urge everyone who is involved in remodeling, retrofitting, weatherizing, or any other construction related project with a StLouis Building review and practice these must do activities when working on the typical StLouis brick or masonry building.

Improper Building or Retrofitting Techniques could lead to: Respiratory Problems, Indoor Pollution, Combustion from Natural Gas Appliances, as well as the further deterioration of your brick building.

View Part 1 of the Spray Foam Insulation Series at these links Spray Foam Insulation StLouis Brick Building or View the Google Cloud Document 

Schedule Scotts Contracting to give you a Free Green Property Evaluation by using the Following Contact Form

Less Weight Equals More Horsepower

To use a Building as an example: less weight on your Energy Bills equals more Horsepower for your Bank Account!

and the same principle can be applied to your Home or Business.

Everyone who has driven a car or truck built in the Late 70s or early 80s knows that gas was cheap-car and truck motors were gas guzzling monsters.

I can remember Ford and Chevy Pickups that got a whopping 8 mpg regardless of whether the trucks were loaded down with Farm Goods or NOT.

During the first fossil fuel crunch of the late 70s GM, Ford, and Dodge realized changes were needed and started developing cars that used less gas. They made the transition to lighter cars because:

Less Weight Equals More Horsepower.

This translates into less energy needed to move the vehicles or less Gas. (although I was just an infant in the 70s my Father has told me that this energy efficiency thing is old news to him…and a repeat of old news-by the Politicians and News Reporting Agencies) Thankfully with: Greater Technology mankind has taken these old stories and made them into the-

New Hip Thing To Do-

Energy Conservation and Creating Clean Energy from Renewable Sources.

The same thing is happening all over the World. Many countries are moving to Alternative Energy created from-Wind, Geo-thermal, and Solar. Since Going Green and Living a Sustainable Lifestyle has been adopted by all walks of life in every corner of the World.

More and more Countries have adapted to this new technology and embracing the Sustainable Culture that is shaping our Future.

Whether or not a Country can be called hip or not is left for the Debaters. What is hip to me is that the actual People made up of:

Conservatives, Democrats, Republicans, Liberals, and all the other walks of life-

who make up a country have realized that: Being Green is the Hip thing to do-for numerous reasons!

Here in the St Louis area. One of the most answered question as to why a client wants to join the Clean Energy Revolution is their

Extreme Dislike of Ameren UE-(the Company who provides the St Louis Area with our Electricity).

What surprises me most is that it many times is not because Ameren:

burns coal to generate our electricity-the greatest source of CO2 that is damaging our Climate and Disrupting the Natural Weather Patterns.

Its because of the way they treat the citizens of St Louis. Poor Service, Numerous Power Outages, the Choke Hold they have on the Missouri Lawmakers, and Outrageously High Energy Bills.

So what is the Best Defense to fight these upcoming high summertime cooling bills?

Energy Conservation is the best defense. I’m going to share the main secrets to Energy Conservation in an upcoming Green Blog Post.

What many Energy Auditors charge your for.  I am going to freely share how you can get More Horsepower for your $money$

and the rules of thumb that apply to saving energy in-

any building

any home


any business.

We can build a Green and Sustainable USA with American Made Materials for your Building Projects and use American Made Solar PV Systems to power your Building! Scotty

Conserving and Creating Energy has new wings and is coming to places near you.

Scotts Contracting St Louis Renewable Energy supports American Business by Buying American Products
Scotts Contracting St Louis Renewable Energy supports American Business by Buying American Products

Scotts Contracting-St Louis Renewable Energy Business Locations

Google Map-Local Place Listing Locations and Services for Scotts Contracting, St Louis Renewable Energy


Scotts Contracting, St Louis Renewable Energy Online Business Card
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On Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 9:45 AM, Scotty-Scotts Contracting, St Louis Renewable Energy <scottscontracting> wrote:

Scotts Contracting, St Louis Renewable Energy offers the Following Services for Home and Business

Specializing in Green, Eco Friendly, and Sustainable Building Projects with
Energy Reducing Resources and On-Site Solar PV Clean Energy Systems
for the St Louis Region

Scotts Contracting has a crew of skilled craftsman that are available and willing to handle your building projects whether its a bath or kitchen remodel, major rehab for investment property, or the basic home repair project.

You will find the Services at Scotts Contracting are: Affordable Punctual Experienced

Building Improvements

  • Job Site Photos of many of the projects that Scotts Contracting has been a part in.
  • Remodel Rehab Services are available for the St Louis Region
  • Investment Property Rehab-Protect your bottom line with proven Design Build techniques that will translate into greater Tenant satisfaction
  • Repair Services-Scotts Contracting realizes that sometimes the cost to build new are not in the budget and can fix and repair many of the Issues that are needed for the home.
  • Interior Carpentry-This is the first step in building a functional space that is both pleasing and

CAD Designs for every project

Interior and Exterior

Kitchen and Bath

  • Kitchen and Bath Remodels that meet your Budgeting Concerns
  • Kitchen Project Photos-Photos taken from a kitchen remodel in the South Hampton Region- Coffered Ceiling, Plumbing Stack, Garbage Disposal, New Sink-Cabinets-LED lighting-Counter Top, Accent and Under the Counter Accent Lights

Weatherization and Energy Conservation

Energy RatingMissouri Home Energy Efficiency Statts Insulation for your Home


Home Foundations

Exterior Finishes

Concrete with Decorative Concrete Finishes

Drywall Installation and Finishing

  • Benton Project– See how we brought the Old Western-Old South St Louis Decor and Feel into a Modern Day Apartment
  • Law Office Project-As well as installing French Doors with Dual Action Saloon Door Hinges, we also remodeled the Reception Area as well as the addition of 2 new offices-Network Closet-Small Kitchen for the Staff- as well as an Energy Efficient Point of Demand Water Heater!

Flooring Options

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Local SEO for the St Louis Region

The Proof is in the Stats-[Changes to 3 Simple Key Words that I had mistakenly left out and from Linking my Service Page to the Green Blogs]. As a true DIY person I believe in handling all the projects I can do In-House. Luckily when it comes to Local SEO techniques I accepted the free offer for Local SEO Assistance from Mr A.Dollinger via his LinkedIn Proposal for Increasing Small Business Web Presence

Document Local SEO for the St Louis Region

  • The three websites that I manage for my General Contracting / Green and Sustainable Building Promotion for the St Louis Region.

The Stats from the websites show a dramatic increase in pageviews. The Proof is in the Pudding or the Stats in the SEO World- I completed the SEO suggestions made by Andy Dollinger in the First and Second Week of February 2013; and here are the Current / Actual Stats from the websites-after the Mighty Google Search Engine re-visited the websites. The stats plainly show an increase in daily pageviews.

Pageviews today 263
Pageviews yesterday 486
Pageviews last month 8,943
Pageviews all time history 178,743


  1. Main Website- http://stlouisrenewableenergy.com page view Statts provided by Web Host (Weebly.com)


Mr A. Dollinger pointed out some additional areas that I had overlooked when adding “Local” Meta Tags when I built my latest website. After I added the “Local Tags” I went ahead and checked my site to see how Google’s Search Engine viewed and parsed the site and found that the simple changes Mr Dolllinger suggested will boost my websites SEO standing for the St Louis Region.

I don’t usually accept ‘Freebies’ but was Pleasantly surprised at the outcome of his SEO suggestions! So much so he will be listed on the Site as SEO Guru!

Yes I recommend and will call on Mr Dollinger in the future.

Build Green, Scotty


January 27, 2013, Scotts Contracting was a consultant or contractor to Andy at ClicksEffect – Local Search Engine Optimization,Design,Content and Mobile servicesAndy has also offered additional free assistance in his latest offering:

I thought you might be interested – I set up a group on linkedin for small businesses.

The purpose of it is to help small businesses with their branding and marketing efforts.Check your email for the invitation.

I’d love to see you there. Once joined, feel free to participate in discussions or start new ones.

Oh one more thing – I’ve prepared a FREE course for small businesses related to Search Engine Optimization.This will help your site get better rankings = MORE CLIENTS . No cost involved.

All you need to do is go to http://www.clickseffect.com , signup and grab the course.

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Hello Slay for Mayor Volunteers!

Many thanks to each of you and welcome to our new volunteers! It is hard to believe, but we are just over 2 weeks away from the March 5th Primary!!!  This election is critical to the future of our city, andit is up to us keep St. Louis moving forward by helping to re-elect Mayor Slay!

Click here to watch the St. Louis Public Radio Mayoral Candidate forum that was recorded February 11th, and share it with your friends and family! This clearly demonstrates the choices we have on election day.  We MUST do what we can now to maintain integrity, competence, and solution based action in the Mayor’s Office for the next four years.

Time is running out, so sign up NOW!

  • Help us distribute yard signs! We are getting hundreds of requests for yard signs every week! We need all hands on deck to get them out there. Email me if you can come by the office and pick up a stack along with a map and a list and distribute some this weekend.
  • Join our Volunteer Canvass Crew!! We will have volunteers going door to door informing voters about this critical election, and showing our support for Mayor Slay.  Join us:

~Saturday February 16th 10am-12noon~Sunday February 17th 12noon-2pm

~Saturday February 23rd 10am-12noon

~Sunday February 24th 12noon-2pm

  • Help with a mailing! We are working on mailings every Friday afternoon from 2-4pm.   We need all the help folding, stuffing and stamping we can get! Email me if you’d like to help or if a different time will work better for you.
  • Sign up for our Friends and Family Program now! This is one of the most effective tools we have to increase voter turn out. If we all keep in touch with between 5 and 15 people we know, inform them about this important election, and make sure they vote, it could determine the future of our City.

We still have some bumper stickers left! Come and get your’s while they last!!

Plan to help us Get Out The Vote!

  • Saturday March 2nd-Tuesday March 5th help us go door to door and make phone calls to get voters to the polls.
  • Monday March 4th help put yard signs at polling places.
  • Tuesday March 5th ELECTION DAY!! Plan to help us staff the polls. The busiest times are 7-9am, 11am-1pm, and 5-7pm, but anytime on election day will be helpful.

As always, feel free to contact me any time with questions or suggestions, and thank you again for all that you do!

Bonnie Boime
Volunteer Coordinator, Slay for Mayor
Office: 314.535.7529(SLAY)
Volunteer Line: 314.643.8657(VOLS)

Benton Rehab Flooring-Custom Floor Patch

Although it is not impossible to find Lumber to match a floor built in the late 1800s.  The Owner of the Property decided to Jazz it up and incorporate a design into the floor.

Part 14-Custom Flooring Patch Hardwood Floor Repair-Benton Rehab

  • Original Flooring Material-Douglas Fir
  • Wood Flooring Patch in a varied pattern made from:Up-Cycled flooring materials and Lumber from past jobs consisting of: Red Oak, Redwood, Walnut, and White Oak.
Custom Flooring Patch-http://stlouisrenewableenergy.blogspot.com/2013/01/benton-rehab-flooring-custom-floor-patch.html
Benton Rehab-Flooring Patch
The flooring will be finished with a clear poly urethane coating that will blend the color of the floor with the design on the Apartment.  Douglas fir has a redish tint that we matched to the Interior Tuck-pointing giving the Investment Property an:


Part 8: 1st Floor Weatherization

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