Friday, July 30, 2010

EcoBUILD Seminar

The Memphis chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council is sponsoring an educational seminar highlighting the residential green building program EcoBUILD on August 6th. EcoBuild is a voluntary green building program created by Memphis Light, Gas and Water to stimulate energy and environmental awareness through the promotion and use of energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly technology, materials and techniques in new home construction. Tennessee homes have the highest average annual electricity use in the nation. EcoBuild is an ongoing initiative for residential construction that is seeking to change this statistic.

To date, MLGW’s EcoBuild program has certified over 500 new homes. EcoBuild homes are good for their owners and good for the planet. They have demonstrably lower utility bills and a reduced carbon footprint when compared to typical new homes. Based on research in the Uptown neighborhood, where all single-family new construction is EcoBUILD-certified, average homes uses 34% less electricity and 56% less natural gas than a home built to local codes and typical practices. For a 1,500-square-foot EcoBUILD home this typical savings results in over 5,000 fewer kilowatt hours of electricity per year or an annual savings of over $500 in electricity costs alone.

The seminar’s presenter, Kieth Kulow, is MLGW’s EcoBuild inspector. He has 30 years of experience with residential energy conservation, and is a certified Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Rater. Kieth will provide an introduction to EcoBuild as well as slides highlighting both good and bad practices as they relate to energy efficiency in residential construction.

Event Details:

Registration: Advance Registration Required
Contact: Peter Warren,; (901) 278-6868
Date: Friday, August 6th
Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm (Lunch Included)
Cost: $20/$30 (USGBC-MEM members/Non-members)

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