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Thursday, August 26
The Reel Café
Casual networking with live music on the last Thursday of each month. $1 cover, cash bar.
Wednesday, September 8
CFGBA monthly meeting:
2010 Candidates Forum
Candidates for NC Senate District 9, NC State House Districts 16 and 18 and New Hanover County Commissioners discuss environmental issues.
Saturday, September 25
CFGBA's Solar and Green Building Tour
Featuring LEED Platinum gut rehab, 3404 Talon Court - possibly the greenest house in the USA. Additional tour stops will be announced in coming weeks (See story in this issue).
Want to sponsor the Tour?
Your logo will appear on tour literature and signage. Contact Kyle Davies.
Wednesday, October 13
Green Living Conference
CFGBA, the Greater Wilmington Business Journal and Wilma Magazine present the second annual Green Living Expo and Conference, featuring an exhibition hall, keynote luncheon and classes for green builders, the public and businesses exploring sustainable initiatives.
For information about sponsorships and exhibit spaces, contact Judy Budd. 910-343-8600, ext. 212.
Note: This all-day event will take the place of the October monthly meeting of the CFGBA.
Members receive discounts on fees, such as tickets to the Solar and Green Building Tour and for classes at The Green Living Conference and Expo. These are a very small sampling of the benefits of membership. Visit the CFGBA Web site for a complete list of benefits for every membership level. Individual membership is only $25 and business memberships are only $125.
Why should you join CFGBA?
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Wilmington NC 28402
Joy Allen, Executive Director
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One of the nation's greenest home rehabs -- in Wilmington, N.C. -- has perhaps a surprising origin: the housing market's collapse...
Let's talk home economics: The average American household spends $2,340 to heat, cool, and electrify its home for a year, according to the Department of Energy...
| Solar Tour preview Part I
Over the course of the next several weeks, we will preview the buildings to be featured on the Solar and Green Building Tour to be held on Saturday, September 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. In this first installment, the focus is on 3404 Talon Court, the LEED Platinum gut rehab that recently has been featured in numerous national publications, including USA Today. Articles about Talon Court also appeared in EcoHome and Green Source.
What's all the fuss about? 3404 Talon Court just may be the greenest home in the USA. Having earned 113.5 points according to the LEED rating system, the house certainly is one of the highest scoring projects in LEED history, if not the highest. With a lengthy list of green features, this one site alone is worth the price of a ticket for the tour. Tickets are only $12 for CFGBA members and $15 for non-members.
What will you see on a tour of Talon Court? Starting with the exterior, the property has the following:
Additional green features include:
- a partial green roof
- an array of photovoltaic panels in the back yard
- roof-mounted panels for solar hot water
- a rain garden for storm water filtration
- a cistern to collect rain water for irrigation
- pervious paving
- a non-toxic termite control system
Of course, many of the green assets, which contribute to the home's exceptional energy efficiency, are hidden behind the walls. Insulation and air sealing techniques help make the house 72 percent more efficient than the typical new home.
- geothermal air handling unit
- doors made from reclaimed scrap wood
- recylced-content countertops
- grey water reuse system
- water-conserving toilets and shower heads
The home's owners are Heather Smith and architect Jay DeChesere. Many CFGBA members worked on the project. More information is available on the Talon Court Web site.
3404 Talon Court was included on the 2009 Solar and Green Building Tour as a work-in-progress. Last year's tourists won't want to miss seeing the complete project.
| Green Living Conference and Expo Sneak Peek No.1
Autumn is a busy time for CFGBA. In addition to hosting the Solar and Green Building Tour on September 25, CFGBA is partnering with Greater Wilmington Business Journal and Wilma Magazine to present the second annual Green Living Conference and Expo on October 13. The event will feature an exhibition hall showcasing green products and services, a keynote luncheon, an awards ceremony and 20 classes for professionals and the public. The newsletter will spotlight two or three of these classes each week from now until the day of the Expo. This week's sampling is below:
Show Me the Green!
Understanding Available Green Building Tax Credits & Incentives- Want to create instant value for your customer and your business? Learn how to utilize available tax credits and incentives to your best advantage. This class will present a detailed look at available state and federal energy tax incentives, giving green building professionals the knowledge they need to make informed project decisions, calculate return on investment (ROI) and communicate effectively with clients about the benefits of tax credits. The session also will cover expiration dates and common mistakes to avoid. 10:40 a.m.
Target audience: architects, builders, developers, remodelers, electricians, plumbers, HVAC contractors, engineers.
Water Water Everywhere?
Almost three-quarters of the earth's surface is water, but only about one percent of that is suitable for our everyday needs like drinking, farming and manufacturing. With the demands on our water supply increasing every year, conservation has become a necessity. Learn about rain water harvesting, storm water BMP’s and integrated landscape concepts as related to water conservation. This class will cover basic systems design and components for practical application. 3:30 p.m.
Target audience: architects, builders, remodelers, landscape designers and installers, plumbing contractors
Visit the CFGBA Web site for a complete list of classes.