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Monday, April 8th, 2013
Introduction to Photovoltaics
7pm to 9pm, Thursday April 11
Univ of Idaho Integrated Design Lab
306 S. 6th Boise (6th and Myrtle)
We are blessed with terrific annual solar resource here in the Treasure Valley. Residential photovoltaic (PV) electrical systems can provide much of the yearly electrical energy for many homeowners. We’ll start with why PV systems make sense for the environmentally conscious homeowner. We will explain how PV systems work. We will cover system size, location, and orientation rules of thumb. We will explore PV technology: PV panels, system design, and inverters. We will talk about Net Metering and the changes proposed by Idaho Power. We will take a look at residential PV as an investment and close with some things to remember.
Thanks to these series sponsors:
Renewable Energy Solutions
Snake River Alliance
And special thanks to the University of Idaho Integrated Design Lab for the venue.
Sunday, June 17th, 2012
With generous support from the Bank of America Foundation, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is pleased to offer a grant program that recognizes affordable housing developers who are committed to building sustainable communities. The Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program will award grants and provide educational resources to affordable housing developers and related public agencies who choose to pursue LEED 2009 for Neighborhood Development certification. Preference will be given to qualifying projects that meet additional goals, including the redevelopment of infill and previously developed sites, effort to strengthen the surrounding neighborhoods, commitment to engage stakeholders in the development process, and the provision of green housing for a range of income levels.
A review committee of industry leaders will award ten LEED-ND registered projects with an Affordable Green Neighborhoods grant. Each grant award includes:
- A $25,000 cash award, to be used to pursue LEED-ND certification;
- Refunded LEED-ND project registration fee by GBCI;
- $300 discount on national membership to the U.S. Green Building Council;
- One LEED-ND Reference Guide;
- One registration for a LEED-ND online training/webinar;
- Registration for one LEED-ND workshop;
- Access to USGBC technical assistance and monthly conference calls;
- One registration for the National Affordable Green Homes & Sustainable Communities Summit in San Francisco, CA.
Applications for the 2012 grant period will be accepted from May 24 to August 10. The electronic application form includes detailed instructions and eligibility requirements for applicants. Any questions and completed applications can be directed to email@example.com.
For more information click HERE.
Tuesday, May 15th, 2012
Ketchum City Council approved a mandatory green building code applying to new residential construction projects which encourages high efficiency, healthy buildings. The Code will be go into effect on May 16th, 2012.
Based on the National Green Building Standard, the code will address Site Design, Resource Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, Water Efficiency, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Operations and Maintenance. The adoption of the code is the product of nearly two years of research and public outreach.
Ketchum is the first jurisdiction in Idaho to implement a mandatory green building code.
For more information please click here.
Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
Sustainable, Zero Net Energy homes are being built in markets around the country, at surprisingly affordable prices. Keeping the spirit of Idaho and the Boise Valley, what do people want to see when it comes to Deep Green Homes in this market? How big are they? What features are must haves? What level of finish should they have? Where should they be located?
USGBC-Idaho Chapter and Gary Christensen, Developer of the Banner Bank Building, are conducting a series of Discussion Groups between April 24th and May 5th to find answers to these questions. An Eco-charette will be held the end of May to explore how to build these Deep Green Homes, and where the bottlenecks are that run up the costs locally. The results will be shared with the home building community and the public in a variety of forums.
If you are willing to share your ideas, and hear what other people are thinking about Deep Green Homes and would like to participate register here!
Please share this invitations others you know who would be interested. Thanks!
Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012
Ron Jones, C.R. Herro, Chad Ray
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 9:00 AM Pacific/12:00 PM Eastern
In our inaugural webinar of the SAVE Act series, we examined all aspects of the SAVE Act. Now, we want to narrow our focus to the effects on specific industries. This edition will concentrate on builders and remodelers.
The goal of the SAVE Act is to provide lower rate mortgage financing for cost effective energy improvements. It would enable homeowners, builders and remodelers to invest in energy efficient materials and practices. This in turn would allow for the recovery of the cost of energy efficient upgrades. Finally, future buyers and lenders would be able to account for the monthly savings produced by these measures.
By removing these barriers for both homeowners and the industry, the effects of the SAVE Act should increase the supply of and demand for energy-efficient new homes and improvements, putting people in the construction, remodeling and manufacturing sectors back to work.
On Wednesday, April 4th at 12pm ET, Ron Jones will be joined by builders C.R. Herro and Chad Ray. Together, they’ll explore how the bill would affect the closing process for new and existing homes, and how it incentivizes the building and/or retrofitting of energy efficient homes. They’ll also take your questions… live!