We are excited to welcome HGTV star Brooks Utley!
Brooks and Plastics Make it Possible® will attend the 2011 Solar Decathlon in Washington, DC, where collegiate teams from across the nation showcase livable homes built using the latest innovations in green building and energy efficiency. Tomorrow’s architects, home designers and engineers compete at the Solar Decathlon for top honors in environmentally friendly home design.
A Salt Lake City native, Brooks has had a hand in carpentry and home design since he was 12 years old. Brooks has a special talent and creative mind set that allows him to take unexpected materials and incorporate them into home design, resulting in unique, unparalleled design aesthetics.
In 2002, Brooks moved to Los Angeles where he joined HGTV’s Designed to Sell as a construction and renovation expert. He was later featured as a design expert on Style Network’s What I Hate About Me. Brooks can also be seen on HGTV’s $250,000 Design Challenge where he works with homeowners to execute incredible designs. Brooks is currently filming Home Made Simple as the resident design expert, which is slated to premier on OWN Network.
Brooks is known for his personal philosophy of “recycle, reuse, repurpose” which keeps his designs fresh and unexpected – and his clients craving his creativity.
While at the Solar Decathlon, Brooks will explore and report on the many innovative ways plastics are used to make homes energy efficient and stylish. He’ll touch on some common misunderstandings about home energy efficiency. And he’ll shed some light (CFL, of course) and share some handy tips on ways to increase a home’s energy efficiency without great expense.
Of particular interest, Brooks will spotlight the Solar Decathlon home designed by Caltech that uses vinyl plastic sheathing to create insulation covering the exterior of the home.
Keep checking back for updates and tips from Brooks on ways to conserve energy and utilize unexpected resources. Small changes can make a big difference, and Brooks is here to show you how.