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Oklahoma construction to highlight Green Building Summit

Twenty classes 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.
by Richard Mize Published: September 15, 2012

“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.”

Appraisers, Realtors

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.

by Richard Mize
Real Estate Editor
Real estate editor Richard Mize has edited The Oklahoman's weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, he worked...
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