This council meets generally the 3rd Thursday of each month from 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM.
Please know that all those interested in educating themselves on green building are welcome to attend this council. HBRANV members with a Certified Green Professional designation can get 1 NAHB continuing education credit for attending the Green Council.
November 2012 Meeting: Guest Speaker: Ward Smyth of Turtle Creek Builders, LTD.
Ward Smyth will be giving a presentation on the Passive House he is building in Moretown.
This Passive House is Ward's first but certainly not his last. Ward is working with Preferred Building Systems on the project. The top of this two level, walk out basement house is a modular built by PBS and the walk out basement is uses Amvic ICF's. Thermotech windows, Thermal Bridge Free analysis to ensure high performance. The 2000+ sq foot house will be the home of two special needs residents and one stay at home caregiver. This requires more bathrooms and extra kitchen among other amenities.
Please Join us on Thursday November 15th from 8:30 to 10:30 at the HBRA office in Williston.
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September 2012 Meeting - Guest Speaker: Ken Lynch of Tremco Barrier Solutions, a paint on air barrier company. Information being covered:
• Build it right; walls need three barriers (liquid water, moist air, thermal).
-Stop liquid water leaks
• Exterior cladding does not stop water
• The water-resistive barrier must stop leaks
-stop moist air movement through wall cavities
• The air barrier stops air movement
• To keep moisture out of the walls, stop air infiltration
-Stop heat loss with uncompromised insulation
• No gaps or air flow
We hope you will join us for our morning meeting. If you can't make it to the meeting we will be broadasting a webinar - click here to join via WEBINAR.
March 2012 Meeting - People in the building industry are constantly talking about Thermal Bridges and their influence on building energy performance, but what is a Thermal Bridge? How many Btu/ft hr F constitutes a Thermal Bridge? What is Thermal Bridge Analysis and how can it help to optimize the design of a building - residence or commercial? Chris West, Certified Passive House Consultant and member of the Green Council will give a presentation introducing the topic of Thermal Bridges, what Thermal Bridge Analysis is, and how it can help illustrate the real effect of different real world, everyday constructions. Chris will be using Therm, a free program developed by the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, to show the thermal bridging in various construction as well as using the Passive House Planning Package 2007 to see what energy savings we can see if we better understand them through modeling.
Some of the items covered in the presentation will be:
Where we find Thermal Bridges in common house construction.
Thermal bridge analysis of various building elements common in our industry, like:
2x4 stud wall 16" O.C. filled with insulation (various types)
2x4 stud wall 24" O.C. filled with insulation
2x6 stud wall 24" O.C. filled with insulation
2x6 stud wall 24" O.C. sheathed with 2", 4", and 6" of rigid insulation (thermal bridge free construction) Foundation to Wall Wall to Roof Window and doors among others.
Learn more about thermal bridges and how modeling them can help save our customers money heating their new homes or renovated home. Click here for the WEBINAR.
February 2012 Meeting - Aaron Betourney, NUDURA Sales / Technical Support, Carroll Concrete
Use of Insulated Concrete Forms in Green Building. Aaron will be covering the following:
* Building with Nudura® ICF’s can contribute to LEED points
* Energy efficiency benefits of ICF Building envelopes
* Net Zero buildings utilizing Nudura® ICF construction
* Recycled/Recyclable aspects of Nudura® ICF’s
* Effective cost comparisons of building with Nudura® ICF’s vs. traditional construction methods
January 2012 Meeting - Everyone in the building industry is talking about Airtightness. The new Vt Energy Code puts the acceptable ACH50 at less than 5.0. Some super energy efficient building styles bring that number down below 1.0 ACH50! How can we achieve building envelopes that tight? The Passive House new building requirement is 0.6 ACH50 and builders are achieving these numbers with comforting regularity. Ken Levenson, AIA, CPHD (Certified Passive House Designer) has started a buisness dedicated to helping builders reach these levels of airtightness. His company, Four Seven Five, in Brooklyn, NY (www.foursevenfive.com) distributes exterior and interior membranes, tapes, envelope penetration solutions, and duct sealing among other products for the Passive House building community. Ken will be bringing a mock wall with him which illustrates proper application of the tapes and wraps around windows and other thermal envelope penetrations. We hope you will join us for our morning meeting. If you can't make it to the meeting we will be broadasting a webinar - click here for the webinar.
December 2011 Meeting - Peter Schneider of the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC). Peter was the lead consultant on the Passive House built by Habitat for Humanity in Charlotte. He will be giving a presentation on the monitoring sensor and reporting system he used in that project. These sensors take less than one day to install and can give actual up to the minute readouts from a huge array of sensor types including relative humidity, electricity usage, temperature, indoor air quality, and more. These sensors can give us the hard numbers which show the benefits of green building.
November 2011 Meeting - Paul Blanchard, Sales and Tech Rep for F. W. Webb Plumbing. Paul will be speaking about Mechanical Ventilation Systems for Residential Use. Some of the topics he will be covering include: Energy Star 3 reports required for duct sizing; cost; what does a builder, plumber, HVAC contractor need to do to get Webb to do Manual S and J calculations?; can Webb do them? etc.
August 2011 Meeting - Dave Leclerc from Benjamin Moore. Dave will be speaking about low VOC paint and finishes. He will be covering the products available and their performance.
July 2011 Meeting - Mike Van Buren, Blazing Design, Inc. Mike will be speaking about fireplace design and troubleshooting for air tight homes.
June 2011 Meeting - Tom Moore of Tom Moore Builder. Tom has built his house to the LEED standard, he is in line to obtain a Silver Certificate from the USGBC. This house was featured in the most recent issue of the Journal of Light Construction. A beautiful and well built house with an eye for detail both aesthetically as well as energetically. It obtained a HERS rating of 4! Built almost entirely from wood sourced on the land on which the house was built. Tom will be opening his house to us for a tour as well as presentations about the HVR and solar energy installations. Tom also wants to make the documentation he has had to assemble for his LEED Certification available for viewing and talk about what he thinks of the process and hear other members experiences.
May 2011 Meeting - Nigel Mucklow from New England Floor Covering. Nigel has been the owner of New England Floor covering for over 25 years and will be speaking about low emitting and sustainable flooring products.
April 2011 Meeting - Paul Gaboriault from r.k. MILES will speak on products and sources of sustainable lumber. Paul is very experienced in the building supply industry where he has been working closely with builders for nearly 20 years.
March 2011 Meeting - Keith Wagner and Jeff Hodgson from H. Keith Wagner Partnership, Landscape architects. Keith and Jeff will be speaking about site planning, site design, building orientation, and landscape planning as it relates to green building.
February 2011 Meeting - David Erkson from Vermont Paint Company. Dave will be speaking about low VOC paint and finishes. He will be covering the products available and their performance.
January 2011 Meeting - Charles Pelsue from Windows and Doors by Brownell speaking about high performance windows. Charles has been with Brownell for nearly 20 years and is very knowledgeable about all aspects of windows and doors. He will be speaking about high performance coatings, tripple glazing, u-values and expected performance gains from different levels of windows.
December 2010 Meeting - Building Envelope Air Sealing Techniques & Testing. Instructor: James Martelle of Green Mountain ZeroDraft.
November 2010 Meeting - Structural Engineering for Advanced Framing. Instructor: Chris Hall of Engineering Ventures.
October 2010 Meeting - The Latest in Heating & Cooling Technology. Instructor: Robin Benoure of Benoure Plumbing & Heating.