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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
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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.

Commercial green

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.”

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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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