Alternative Building Expo and Green Building Tour head for Santa Monica

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The 6th annual AltBuild Expo and Green Building Tour, both free events, will be presented by the City of Santa Monica, California, next month.  On May 2nd, the self-guided tour will highlight local green residences and commercial structures.  The Expo, where the latest and greatest in green building products and services will be on display, will take place on May 8th and 9th at the Civic Center.

Those curious about green building can take a tour of local residences and businesses that have incorporated sustainble design and construction techniques.  Some buildings are new, while others are old buildings that have been deconstructed, and re-built re-using existing building materials.

Other green elements that have been incorporated include:  passive solar strategies; hydronic floor heating systems; energy efficient ceiling fans, lighting, appliances, HVAC systems, windows and doors; native (and drought-resistant) landscaping; water efficient irrigation and gray water recycling systems; solar hot water heating systems; natural ventilation techniques; solar panels; FSC-certified lumber; and ways to improve indoor air quality.

The AltBuild Expo will feature over 150 exhibitors who represent the best of green building & design materials; energy efficiency; alternative energy; water conservation products; environmental plumbing; sustainable landscaping; waste management; and interior design products and furnishings.

The Green Cities California collaborative (GCC) will makes its inaugural presentation at the Expo.  The purpose of the GCC is to cooperatively and collectively take action to accelerate local, regional, national and international efforts to achieve sustainability.  Participating cities currently include Berkeley, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica and the County of Marin, which together collectively represent over 8 million California residents.

Visit the Alternative Building Expo website to learn more.

Tag(s): Events, Green Building, Greening the Home, Greening the Office

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