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March 2018

Community Engagement Sessions: Landscape Templates for Rebuild

March 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership and partners are developing free landscape design templates to help fire victims get back in their homes faster, while encouraging long term environmental sustainability. Sonoma County residents are invited to attend two community input sessions to participate in the development of these landscape design templates, which will help define the ... Read more

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April 2018

Community Engagement Sessions: Landscape Templates for Rebuild

April 5 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Sonoma-Marin Water Saving Partnership and partners are developing free landscape design templates to help fire victims get back in their homes faster, while encouraging long term environmental sustainability. Sonoma County residents are invited to attend two community input sessions to participate in the development of these landscape design templates, which will help define the ... Read more

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CASBA West Coast Natural Building Conference

April 13 @ 3:00 pm - April 15 @ 3:00 pm

Join us at Camp Ocean Pines in Cambria (near San Luis Obispo and Hearst Castle) for this year’s CASBA West Coast Natural Building Conference, with a particular focus on fire safe construction and celebrating the women of natural building. Camp Ocean Pines is a seaside retreat featuring strawbale cabins! Keynote Speaker: Art Ludwig, an ecological ... Read more

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Register Now! 3rd Annual One Planet Youth Summit 2018

April 14 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

The One Planet Youth Summit is for innovative 7-12 grade students and teachers who are inspired to create a better future. SSU students are encourage to participate. The Youth Summit provides an opportunity for students to actively share their own innovative solutions, and learn about new ways to create a green campus or educational environment. ... Read more

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May 2018

Advanced Framing Saves Energy, Material and Labor – Rebuilding for Greater Comfort and Affordability

May 4 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
North Coast Builders Exchnage, 1030 Apollo Way
Santa Rosa, CA 95407 United States
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In this second session, Civil Engineer Bruce King will discuss how advanced framing can improve energy performance while carrying structural building loads with less material. He will describe the strategy of optimum value engineering, and show and discuss specific details. Bruce will depict tradeoffs such as increased design work for lower construction cost, or energy ... Read more

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Sonoma County Zero Waste Symposium

May 10 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sonoma Mountain Village Event Center, 1100 Valley House Drive
Rohnert Park, CA 94928 United States

The event will bring government, institutions, businesses and the community together to discuss how to apply Zero Waste best practices, policies and programs to Sonoma County. In addition, the audience will learn how Zero Waste principles support climate initiatives and the circular economy. Content ranges from government action, organics and food recovery, and how businesses ... Read more

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High Performance Enclosures: Air Tight, Well-Insulated, Properly Ventilated – Rebuilding for Comfort, Efficiency, and Affordability

May 11 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
North Coast Builders Exchnage, 1030 Apollo Way
Santa Rosa, CA 95407 United States
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In this third session, Mike MacFarland will discuss what it takes to properly build a well-designed enclosure that will provide comfort and good indoor air quality, while reducing energy use for heating and cooling. He’ll describe how clear goals and metrics, a team approach on the job site, and planning, communication and coordination can help ... Read more

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Residential Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC): Small Heat Pumps and Small Furnaces for High Efficiency and More Affordability

May 18 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
North Coast Builders Exchnage, 1030 Apollo Way
Santa Rosa, CA 95407 United States
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In this fourth session, Rick Chitwood will discuss residential HVAC systems. The session is for all audiences: home owners, HVAC design/construction veterans, and other building professionals. Residential HVAC systems can deliver excellent energy efficiency and greatly improved comfort when air infiltration through the building enclosure is confirmed to be low, equipment is properly sized and ... Read more

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Continuous Exterior Insulation & Moisture Management – Applied Building Science for Residential Building Enclosures

May 22 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sonoma County Permit and Resource Management Department, 2550 Ventura Ave
Santa Rosa, CA 95403 United States
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California has set goals for zero net energy buildings, leading towards zero carbon buildings and greenhouse gas reductions. Across the trades and professions, California's buildings workforce needs in-depth information to design and construct highly energy and water-efficient homes that are comfortable for occupants. This intermediate level training, led by internationally recognized expert John Straube of ... Read more

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June 2018

Water, Energy and Time Efficient Hot Water Systems for New Homes – Rebuilding for Comfort, Efficiency, and Affordability

June 1 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
North Coast Builders Exchnage, 1030 Apollo Way
Santa Rosa, CA 95407 United States
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In this fifth session, Gary Klein will discuss hot water systems. The session is intended for all audiences: home owners, plumbing construction veterans, and all other building professionals. Hot water systems include the heater, distribution piping, plumbing fixtures and appliances, and the capture of waste heat that would otherwise run down the drain. Water heating ... Read more

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