The Wolfeboro Energy Committee is hosting two workshops next week about home energy efficiency and green building. “Reducing Home Energy Use” will take place on Wed. 7pm, at Brewster’s Pickney Boat House. This workshops is FREE, open to the public, and sponsored by Wolfeboro Oil, Greatwaters Bank and Trust, and Brewster Academy. The second workshop, geared more toward builders and developers, will take place on Thurs. Feb 21st, 8am-10:30, at All Saints Church, and is sponsored by Meredith Village Savings Bank and Beckwith Builders Inc. This workshops is $20 or $15 if registered before Feb 18th. Space is limited, so call 603-569-4351 to reserve a seat.
Keep reading for a detailed description of each workshop.
Building and Renovating Homes for Energy Efficiency:
Workshops Being Offered for Homeowners and Builders
The price of oil may continue to fluctuate, but all signs point to an end to the era of cheap oil. What was standard for a building when oil was $1.00/ gallon is no longer acceptable. Homeowners are looking for ways to reduce their energy bills. The Wolfeboro Energy Committee is hosting two workshops to help homeowners, builders and developers learn the latest in building science technologies to make homes more efficient, comfortable and healthy.
Energy consultant Margaret Dillon will lead the seminars. The first is an evening presentation for homeowners in which Dillon will give an overview of effective home energy upgrades and how the homeowner can lower costs while improving comfort and air quality. The seminar will help attendees understand the basic principles of how heat flows in a home, how to assess and prioritize home energy improvements, the right insulation for the job, indoor air quality, and what to look for in a contractor. Homeowner Kate Hartnett will bring real examples from an energy upgrade she recently completed on her home in Berlin, NH.
Dillon says that much has been learned over the past decade about how to make buildings work better for the inhabitants, but much of the information still has not been widely disseminated. “For instance,” says Dillon “most people still think the first thing they should do to make a house more energy efficient is to add insulation to the attic. While insulation is important, up to nearly half of a building’s heat loss, even in new homes, can be due to air leakage- that’s heat literally being carried out by air through cracks and holes in the building and being replaced by colder air coming in through other cracks and holes.” Dillon will show examples of houses old and new where steps have been taken to make them more economical and energy efficient.
The next morning’s workshop is for contractors and is titled “Delivering High Performance Homes”. Trained in building science and having tested the performance of hundreds of buildings, Dillon will discuss the importance of details in a building’s envelope or enclosure and looking at a building as a whole system. Whether involved in upgrading existing homes or new construction, builders will have an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the most current best practices in building science technology, including air and vapors barriers, the truth about R Value, different kids of insulating strategies and how to build very energy efficient homes with healthy air and moisture control. As part of the workshop, participants will tour the newly opened All Saints Outreach Center, a model 4,800 sq foot super-insulated air tight building recently completed in Wolfeboro which is on track to cost under $1000 to heat this year.
Presenter Margaret Dillon has 25 years experience with building, designing and managing buildings, always within the context of promoting energy and resource efficiency and creating a more sustainable built environment. Dillon is a Certified HERS Rater and has over 200 hours program training in building science, thermography, indoor air quality and building envelope design from the Building Performance Institute, Building Science Institute and Building Science Corporation.
According to Dillon, “While rising fuel prices have prompted many homeowners and builders to look at renewable energy such as geothermal, wind and solar, by far the greatest energy, financial and environmental savings are to be had by reducing the energy load by improving the building envelope”.
Buildings in the US account for almost ½ of all energy used, and 45% of carbon dioxide emissions. “Whether out of interest in reducing fuel bills or helping the environment, there has been a groundswell of interest in ways to reduce energy use at home” said Wolfeboro Energy Committee member Susan Fuller. “We’re so pleased to be able to offer such a great resource as Margaret Dillon to the community.”
To register for the builder workshop, or for more information on either workshop, call 603 569 4531.