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Free Webinar: A Natural Approach to High Performance Energy Star Homes

Posted by: april
November 3, 2010

Laura BartelsWebinar: A Natural Approach to High Performance Energy Star Homes

The 2nd St. L.I.F.E. Project (Low Impact Future-proof Ecohouse) is a demonstration of compact, sustainable, affordable living on an infill lot in downtown Carbondale, Colorado. Through a widely collaborative design process involving local and national contributors, the project serves to educate the design community, building professionals and homeowners about approaches that maximize high performance, low cost, natural and low-embodied energy materials and techniques in a compact passive design reducing the carbon footprint, energy bill and mortgage.

This live webinar with Laura Bartels will focus on:
- Project Goals - Setting and balancing
- Deepening education in straw bale
- Energy Star elements and rating
- Low impact materials meeting low operating energy goals
- Natural building opportunities
- Real estate - marketing and selling straw bale

Laura Bartels - SBOL101
Laura Bartels, founder of GreenWeaver Inc., is an advocate and educator for appropriate building technologies using high performance, low impact and local materials such as straw bale construction. She works to empower people and communities while weaving solutions that address a wide range of current issues.

With a background in environmental studies and education, the discovery of the potential of sustainable and appropriate building technologies became a passion. After becoming a builder and designer 15 years ago, she now serves as a consultant nationally to organizations, design professionals and individuals and teaches at the University of Colorado, Solar Energy International, and Sinte Gleska University.

Laura has been a speaker at Bioneers, the Green Festival, the U.S. Congress, as well as other conferences and venues. She helped develop the Straw Bale SAFE Homes Initiative (Safe, Affordable, Future~proof and Efficient) with the Intertribal Council on Utility Policy to address critical housing and employment needs within tribal communities and helped to develop the Buildings and Climate Change slideshow for The Climate Project. She is currently building the 2nd St. LIFE Project in Carbondale, CO, an applied research project for sustainable and affordable residential design in cold climates.


Topic: A Natural Approach to High Performance Energy Star Homes
Host: Chris Turek
Date and Time: Nov. 3, 2010 3:00 p.m., Mountain Daylight Time (Denver, GMT-06:00)
Event number: 668 532 412
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