The Oklahoma Green Building Summit is in full swing today with the grandfather
of building science Joe Lstiburek in perfect form, as usual. He makes us laugh -
gigging the government, the American way and builders in general. Good clean
fun while teaching us a great deal.
Approximately 400 were registered this morning when we kicked off at the Reed
Center in Midwest City.
About 10-15 percent of those in attendance are Realtors, here to hear what's the
buzz about energy-efficient building. Hats off to the Green Resource Council of
the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Association of Realtors for beating the drum to
boost their representation today, particularly to Sarah Bytyqi, head of the council.
The day kicked off early with an overview by Kelly Parker with GWS on what the
new code requirements are for builders, not only in energy-efficient construction
but also in overall construction procedures.
Approximately 50 or 60 builders attended this early session. Oklahoma State
Home Builders Association president Mike Herndon told me he learned a great
deal about what it'll take to be compliant with the new code requirements. "We
covered not only energy efficiency but other areas of code mandates, involving
tie-downs, for example."
It's not too late. Come on out for this afternoon's sessions - three separate
breakouts. One with Joe geared to builders, one geared to Realtors with Kelly
Parker and OSHBA Green Council Chair Todd Booze, and one geared to appraisers.
Go to www.okgreenbuildingsummit.com for all the info you need about this
afternoon's sessions. Wednesday, we kick off at 8:30, and the conversation will
revolve around commercial building.
See you there.