Posted on July 20, 2011 by Mike Means

Higher standards in energy efficiency mandated

CenterPoint Energy is one
of this year's sponsors.

Changes to the International Energy Conservation Code and the effects those changes will have on Oklahoma builders is just one of the reasons to attend the third annual Green Building Summit in September, said Todd Booze, chairman of the OSHBA Green Building Committee.

The third annual Oklahoma Green Building Summit is scheduled Sept. 27-28 at the Reed Center in Midwest City, and is presented by the Oklahoma Home Builders Association, the Association of Energy Engineers and the private consulting firm Guaranteed Watt Saver Systems of Oklahoma City.

"This is the best opportunity not only for builders, but architects, engineers and realtors to come and learn what the changes to the IECC are and how to implement them," Booze said.

"There are a lot of changes to building practices coming out of this code and the Green Building Summit provides an opportunity to come understand what those are and how they will impact us in Oklahoma."

Masco Contractor Services
is one of this year's

Specifically, much more stringent standards have been adopted in regard to energy efficiency related to construction and workmanship. These include such elements as envelope air sealing and water-resistant barriers, and builders will need to understand what products will be suitable to meet these standards. The code workshop will begin at 7:30-8:45 a.m. Sept. 27 and will be presented by Kelly Parker, president, Guaranteed Watt Saver Systems (GWS).

Another reason to attend is to hear from the nation's leading expert in green building and energy efficient construction, Joe Lstiburek, Ph.D., P.Eng., and ASHRAE Fellow. Lstiburek is a principal of Boston-based Building Science Corp., and is a Fellow of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.

"Joe is one of the founders of building science in the country," Booze said. "He is going to talk to us about problems he sees in building and construction related to incorrect and inefficient design which will be good for architects to hear. People will be able to come and learn how one component in design has an effect something else."

Public Service Company of
Oklahoma is one of this
year's sponsors.

While green building by definition is a lot of things, Booze said energy efficiency requirements are at the forefront right now as the new code requirements are focused on energy and durability.

Booze expects to see a strong showing of Realtors at this year's summit.

"Oklahoma City Metropolitan Association of Realtors, which is helping organize the 2011 summit, has a green resource council and are really pushing their membership to come," he said. "The summit will benefit Realtors and their understanding of green homes and how they fit with their customers in the housing market."

Conference sponsors are American Electric Power, Climate Master, CenterPoint Energy, Dow Building Solutions, Forest Building Materials of Oklahoma City, Masco, Morrison Supply Company of OKC, Tyvek, ONG and OG&E. Dolese is exhibiting sponsor and Kirkpatrick Bank, WebRevelation and GWS are contributing sponsors.

Registration is open: visit the Oklahoma Green Building Summit 2011 website or call the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association at (405) 843-5579 or toll-free at (800) 256-9980.

Click here for a listing of National Association of Home Builders Certified Green Professionals in the state.

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