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Homebuilder Association to host tradeshow, university

SKYLER BELL, Of the Record staff

The Park City Homebuilders Association will host the first ever Utah Green Building University and Tradeshow from Oct. 26 to 28 in Park City. The event marks the official launch of the Utah Green Building Initiative.

The program begins with the university portion of the event at The Canyons Grand Summit Hotel from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon on Friday. The tradeshow will take place at the Basin Recreation Field House at Newpark on Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. and again on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

All portions of the event are open to the public, but the university covers the more technical aspects and is meant primarily for homebuilders.

"The university program itself is directed toward builders, architects, energy readers, however, we do have members that are active, interested community members," said Meghan Golden, program manager for the Utah Green Building Initiative. "There is a membership level for people who aren’t out building homes but would like to support the cause."

On the other hand, the tradeshow was created for the general public, and will include booths by 3-Form, Arizona Tile, Custom Scandinavian, Nationwide Floor and Window Coverings and the Utah Solar Energy Association.

"The program is launching now so we’re going to be able to provide the certification, whereas in the past we could only raise interest in the public, while now it’s gotten much more technical," she said. "We’ve changed it so that portion can be more in depth and expand the tradeshow and invite the public to that part of the event."

The Utah Green Building University will give an in-depth look at the theory and practice of green building. Golden said the goal is for participants to gain a thorough understanding of the Utah Green Building Initiative guidelines and checklist; and to gain the tools necessary to become a proactive, cutting-edge green builder.

"The checklist that is being unveiled at the event is going to be the set of guidelines that define what it takes to have a green home as defined by this program, a little like building codes," she said. "There are a number of points associated with each item on the checklist."

She said a representative would inspect the house, give it a score based on the applicable elements from the checklist and give it Utah Green certification if it meets the state’s standard.

Copies of the checklist will be available at the show, as well as online at http://www.pcahba.com.

Golden said the tradeshow is meant help educate the public about green- and general home-building practices. She said while it is not meant to teach homeowners do-it-yourself techniques, it is meant to give them the connections needed to undertake home-construction projects.

"If you were a home owner looking to install solar panels you could come to us and we would have members who could do that," she said. "That is all available through the Utah Green Building Initiative."

"This is the first year we have held it in this way," she continued. "The event has its roots in a seminar that has been put on for the last two years and this event is taking the place of that one. This is the first year of the event we’re calling the Utah Green Building University and Tradeshow."

Advanced tickets for the university are $195 and $150 for non-members and member respectively, while day-of registration prices are $225 and $175. Tickets for the tradeshow are $5 and free with a ticket to the university.

For more information contact the Utah Green Building Initiative at (435) 645-9363.


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