Friday, May 15, 2009

Home Energy Efficiency and Green Construction Seminar

Latest techniques in energy efficient home building and green construction.

(HELENA) Experts from the construction industry including Ron Bartsch of Sussex Construction in Helena, NorthWestern Energy and Montana Department of Environmental Quality, will present a new home energy construction workshop on Tuesday, May 19, at the NorthWestern Energy office at 1315 North Last Chance Gulch in Helena from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The session is free and open to the public.

The workshop will provide information on the latest techniques for building energy efficient / certified green homes. Presenters will explain how different systems of a house — insulation, windows, framing, heating and ventilation systems — work together to provide an energy efficient home with good indoor air quality.

Information on the Montana Building Industry Association (MBIA) / National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Green Building program, ENERGY STAR and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Homes (LEED-H) programs will be provided. Besides energy conservation, these programs also consider: lot site preparation, resource and water efficiency, indoor air quality and homeowner education. The session will review the processes to attain various certifications, such as NorthWest ENERGY Star, LEED-H and the MBIA (NAHB) Green.

This session will also include information on the proposed new Montana Energy Code. Montana and federal energy conservation tax credits will also be discussed. Registration will be taken May 19 at the door, beginning at 8:30 a.m. For more information contact Paul Tschida at the DEQ or call 406-841-5232.

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