This year's Green Building Summit will be classier than usual.
Twenty classes, in fact, will be presented at the fourth annual event. Educational tracks will be offered to four industry-specific audiences: commercial buildings/professionals; residential builders; HVAC/code enforcement; and appraisers/Realtors.
The daylong conference will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 27 at Midwest City's Reed Center at Interstate 40 and Sooner Road. A social hour will follow.
Early registration is $50 per person, with more than 400 expected to attend. For a schedule and registration, go to www.okgreenbuildingsummit.com. Or call the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association at 843-5579 or toll-free at (800) 256-9980.
A half-day session in Tulsa, just for homebuilders, will be from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 28 at the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa. Registration is $25.
At the full summit in Midwest City, a lunchtime round-table discussion will feature representatives from Devon Energy who will talk about green aspects of the new company headquarters in downtown Oklahoma City.
Devon intends its 50-story, 1.8-million-square-foot tower to gain Gold LEED certification — for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design.
The seminar track for people in commercial construction will include:
“Why is Building Automation Important and Where is it Going?” by Erin Bevill of Earthsmart Controls; “Oklahoma State University: Creating a Culture of Conservation,” by Jenny Gililland and Neal Hickerson of OSU; “Evolution of LEED in Oklahoma Buildings” by Gary Shlifer of Guernsey & Co.; and “Going Green is Not a Fashion Statement, It's a Business Decision,” by Temur Akmedov of Engineered Systems & Energy Solutions.
New building code
The seminar track for builders will focus on Oklahoma's new, first-ever statewide Uniform Building Code. The creation of a statewide code a year ago has led to standardization of building practices. Sessions will include “International Residential Code 2009 1, 2 and 3,” followed by “High Performance Construction” and “Field Solutions to Problem Homes.”
“I am particularly excited about the track we've developed for builders. This year's conference will place emphasis on practical solutions that builders can employ to make adopting the new code more compatible with current construction practices,” said Todd Booze of Ideal Homes of Norman, chairman of the Oklahoma Home Builders Association's Green Building Council. “Attendees will learn how to navigate around practical problems with the building code, and how to find solutions. One specific problem we will address will be the problem with concrete slabs poured over vapor retarders, an extremely challenging issue.”
The track for appraisers and Realtors is based in part on the National Association of Realtors green certification program presented by Bob Hart of Santa Barbara, Calif. The Realtors' Green Designation provides advanced training in green building and sustainable business practices for Realtors.
Hart, a broker for 20 years, is a recognized expert in green real estate. He has chaired the Green Task Force for the California Association of Realtors and served on the Global Climate Change Policy Presidential Advisory Group for the National Association of Realtors. He also serves on the Board of Directors of California Home Energy Efficiency Rating Services and on other industry and government organizations.
HVAC, code enforcers
The seminar track for HVAC and code enforcers will feature Kelly Parker and Rogge Miller of Guaranteed Watt Saver and Jerry King of the city of Oklahoma City.
Event organizers are Oklahoma State Home Builders Association, Guaranteed Watt Saver, Association of Energy Engineers-Oklahoma City Chapter and Oklahoma City Metro Association of Realtors Green Resource Council.
Continuing education credits will be available for Certified Green Professionals, Certified Professional Builders and Realtors. Home inspectors and code officials can earn credit from the state Construction Industries Board.