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April 15, 2008
Everything you wanted to know about a green home

I had a cup of coffee this morning with Folsom homebuilder Robert Walter, who is promoting a May 8 Green Home Expo being sponsored by the North State Building Industry Association. It is the first by a regional home builder trade group in California and will open at the Sacramento Convention Center.

Walter is soon to start building a energy-neutral house in Folsom, with all the newest energy-efficient extras. He chairs the BIA committee running the event.

The BIA dreamed it up about 18 months ago to educate its builder/contractor members on the newest green-building techniques and public policy-making related to energy efficiency at home.
The event also has sessions for home owners - how to evaluate your energy efficiency at home, how to be greeen on a budget and everything about tax credits for energy-efficient remodeling.

Builders will learn more about utility rebate programs for solar, how to market and sell green homes and how to build a local workforce of contractors skilled in green building techniques. There is also a big exhibit area.

To put it more simply, here is Walter:


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