Energy Efficiency: Innovation in Energy
In recent years, innovative design and entrepreneurship are changing the way that houses use energy. A smart grid is being constructed to provide utilities and building occupants with the kind of information that can speed decision-making, automate appliances, and facilitate decentralized generation, including renewable energy. Well-established refrigeration technology is being deployed in new applications. Natural gas fired systems are becoming integrated to accomplish multiple tasks depending on the season. This session will highlight a few of the next generation technologies that are already making headlines for their energy and cost savings potential.
Healthy Homes: Lead Based Paint
Learn ways to make homes a safe haven from hidden dangers and health risks. This session will cover the EPA's Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. As of April 22, 2010, federal law requires that contractors performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb more than six square feet of paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and trained to follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. This session will also go over lead testing, health effects of lead poisoning, provide local statistics and resources, and give a local, state, and federal perspective.
Housing: Appraising/Marketing Sustainable Homes
Builders and developers recognize the significant savings, to homebuyers, of building energy-efficient, sustainable homes, yet they struggle to get appraisals that recognize the costs associated. Marketing energy efficiency to buyers can also be a challenge. This session will focus on how the appraisal standards are changing and what the builder community can do to capture the most value in their sustainable homes, as well as marketing strategies for energy-efficient, sustainable homes.
Sustainable Neighborhoods: Reality vs. Myth – Is Sustainability Possible?
Does anyone know what sustainability means? Is it all about the environment, government intervention, new technologies or something bigger and more...."sustainable"? Come hear a lively panel debate that will sort the realities from the myths.
Energy Efficiency: Community Energy Management
Increasingly, transportation energy is overlapping with building energy demand. Electric and natural gas vehicles are available that can be re-energized at home or in an apartment parking lot. Building development is being planned with public transportation and bicycle / pedestrian systems in mind. This session will showcase the results of a regional study on the placement of electric vehicle supply equipment, and discuss the energy and community health benefits that are associated with dense housing development that makes use of alternative vehicle energy sources and planned connectivity.
Healthy Homes: Bed Bugs
Bed Bugs-Vampires in the sheets: How can such a tiny bug create such hysteria within our households and what can we do to control them? Learn this and more during a discussion of what bed bugs are, how they live, how to think like a bed bug and pest control strategies to manage them.
Housing: Financing Sustainable Housing
Construction financing following the financial crisis came to a screeching halt, forcing many in housing to seek other financing sources in the interim to a normal market. This session will examine today’s construction financing options for sustainable housing, tax incentives for homeowners and developers, and other incentives to produce sustainable housing.
Sustainable Neighborhoods: Capacity Building and Partnerships
What characteristics make a neighborhood sustainable? This session will discuss the inner workings of creating effective techniques and developing nurturing partnerships vital to strategic growth or contraction within government agencies, non profit housing organizations and neighborhood agencies.
Energy Efficiency: Policy around Efficiency
Recent studies suggest that the greatest, quickest, and least cost energy savings are possible in new construction. This session will feature a discussion about the latest building and energy codes. A diverse panel of stakeholders will talk through the role of codes and the path to consensus on building techniques that affect energy
Healthy Homes: Rebuilding Together
Rebuilding Together and Healthy Homes, the two go hand-in-hand: Rebuilding Together believes that everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home. In this session, you will learn about the history of the organization, how they incorporate healthy homes into their home repairs, modifications, and improvements and local programs that impact the health and safety of a home as well as the community.
Housing: Greening Scattered Site Rental
As the foreclosure crisis has deepened many investors are acquiring properties for conversion to rental properties. In order to keep their utility costs to a minimum it’s important to implement cost-effective energy-efficiency. Learn about the most cost-effective rehab techniques to ensure long-term sustainability.
Sustainable Neighborhoods: Development and Finance Issues
Find the development expertise and capital to make neighborhoods sustainable. Panelists will discuss creating a wide range of financial tools such as leveraged federal, state and tax credit funds, land banks, revolving loan funds, equity investments from banks and foundations and other creative strategies.