Think of it as one of Detroit’s little ironies: an ecologically sound, environmentally sustainable hub for start-up businesses housed in a former Model T Ford showroom. The Green Garage, located on Second Avenue in Midtown Detroit, is trying to pave a new way of developing socially conscious business in a building that once helped give birth to the automotive revolution.
Tom and Peggy Brennan, the building’s owners, have been interested in the environment since Tom sat on the board of the Monroe-based River Raisin Project, a Catholic nonprofit organization dedicated to ecology and sustainability, said Peggy during a tour of the 12,500-square-foot building.
With his infrared camera in one hand and a smoke stick in the other, Adam Duke, 24, of Bloomfield Hills is like an energy-saving super-sleuth. The president and co-founder of Go Green Energy Consulting in Southfield moves from room to room searching high and low — around baseboards and window ledges, in the wells of recessed lighting and along ceilings — for air leaks and other inefficiencies that can wastefully boost a homeowner’s energy bills. His company, with nine full-time employees, makes house calls all over Southeastern Michigan performing home energy audits and recommending and installing upgrades like door and window frame sealing, weather stripping, door sweeps and spray foam insulation. By making these simple changes, he says most homeowners can save more than 20 percent on their energy bills.Read More