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.”