Green Power to the people |

Green Power to the people

If you feel as though you have a little less elbowroom today, you are right. Last week, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of the United States breezed past a major milestone, its 300 millionth resident was born.

The number itself is alarming but of even more concern is the fact that it took half as long to go from 200 million to 300 million as it did to grow from 100 million to 200 million.

Summit County’s population is expanding at an equally impressive clip. Which is why every attempt at conserving energy protecting our natural resources is vitally important.

That effort will get a major boost starting Thursday when the Park City Area Home Builders Association kicks off the Utah Green Building University and Trade Show.

The noteworthy effort is aimed at introducing both contractors and homeowners to green building techniques and resources.

As part of the University, that takes place Thursday, Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday Oct. 27 from 8 a.m. to noon at The Canyons’ Grand Summit Hotel, participants will learn about a new set of environmentally-oriented building criteria that will be used as a standard for achieving green certification.

establishing a point system for energy-saving and eco-friendly features, homeowners who care about contributing to — rather than detracting from — the qualities that attracted them to Summit County will have a better idea of what they are buying or building.

Contractors, too, will have a set of useful guidelines for helping their clients achieve those goals.

Homeowners interested in retrofitting or remodeling to incorporate energy saving and earth-friendly products will want to attend the PCAHBA tradeshow featuring green building products and services.

It begins Friday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. and is open to the public. Exhibitors will have information about how to save money by saving energy and how to create a healthier home environment. There will also be information about sustainable building materials.

The tradeshow hours are 1-6 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Basin Recreation Fieldhouse at Kimball Junction. Admission is $5.

For more information on the events call (435) 645-9363

The sooner everyone in Summit County embraces green building, the better off we will be as the country marches on toward 400 million.

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