Green Building Conference in Kimberley

Annual conference will focus on energy efficiency in renos and builds

The last Green Building Conference was held in the spring of 2012.

The last Green Building Conference was held in the spring of 2012.

The Green Building Conference, presented by Wildisght in partnership with the City of Kimberley and the College of the Rockies, has been a real hit with builders, home renovators and those supplying the building industry for the past four years.

The conference offers access to many experts one would usually only find at gatherings in much larger centers like Calgary or Edmonton.

“Registrations are coming in now, with early bird pricing in effect until October 11th so we expect the next week to be busy,” said conference organizer Erna Jensen-Shill. “Starting at just $85 for the Friday workshops, $129 for Saturday workshops, or $199 for the full conference  we are offering tremendous value for the amount of information and resources on hand. Pricing for this type of conference would be much higher in other centres, and dollar for dollar  for anyone interested in building or renovating this is a great investment when you consider the whole project budget”

This year’s Green Building Conference is slated for November 8 and 9 at the Kimberley Conference Centre. Prices have been kept as affordable as possible with sponsorships CMHC, BC Hydro and more. Full information on sign up can be found at greenbuildingconference.ca or contact  Jensen-Shill at 250.427.2535 ext. 224.

As always there are a varied selection of informative speakers and workshops scheduled, with the focus on energy efficiency for home renovations and new builds. This is an opportunity to connect with the latest thinking in energy efficiency.

Friday afternoon will feature two information-packed half-day workshops: “Air Leakage testing and the Air Barrier System” facilitated by E3 Eco Group, and “Innovations for Present and Future Green Buildings” by conference favourite Professor Tang Lee.  Friday night’s keynote address is open to the public – “Retrofit Revolution” presented by Lorraine Gauthier of the “NOW House Project”.

Saturday will offer two streams of workshops running throughout the day. With many homeowners in this region choosing to renovate, one stream will be dedicated to high-efficiency renovations – including everything from a workshop  comparing insulation options for cost vs. effectiveness, ’ 10 Steps to a Zero-Energy Retrofit’, to the latest on greener standards for windows and doors.  The ‘New Build Stream’  workshops will include ‘ Tiny Houses and Small Space Design’, a workshop showcasing  green building in the East Kootenays, and a Passive House Triplex project nearing completion  near Nelson, BC.

On Saturday, take in the Green Expo, showcasing regional businesses offering energy saving products and services for homes, onsite at the Kimberley Conference and Athlete Training Centre from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.