Remodel Green Midwest will inform local builders and architects about techniques and materials to use in green renovation projects. The event, sponsored by Recycle Ann Arbor, National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) of Southeast Michigan, AIA Huron Valley and the State Energy Office, will be held March 16-17 at The Inn at St. Johnís in Plymouth.
The keynote speaker for Remodel Green Midwest will be David Johnston, author of Remodeling Green: Changing the World One Room at a Time. Johnson is regarded as a national expert on the subject and has worked closely with NARI in the development of a certification program for green remodeling. Information about this certification program will be available at the event, as the program will be offered by NARI of Southeast Michigan in the near future, according to Jason Bing of Recycle Ann Arbor.
While Bing acknowledges that certifications like LEED and Energy Star have made energy efficiency in new homes more common, he points out, "There is a critical mass of homes already hereóbuilding new canít necessarily be the answer. We want to put that message out there."
Bing estimates that Remodel Green Midwest will attract 100-200 attendees. Pre-registrants have mostly been from the Ann Arbor area, but he says, "Thereís a pretty decent group from Detroit and some even from Grand Rapids and Traverse City."
For more information, visit www.remodelgreen.com. Registration is available by contacting Bing at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734.662.6288.
Source: Jason Bing, Recycle Ann Arbor
Writer: Kelli B. Kavanaugh