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Ever since the premier of USGBC's two-day REGREEN workshop in Phoenix, AZ at Greenbuild last November, Annette, Rob, and I have been gearing up for a slew of green remodeling workshops across the country -- the REGREEN Roadshow. The REGREEN workshops are a lot of fun to teach (and take) for two reasons: one, the blend of builder/remodeler with interior design perspectives is completely refreshing; and two, the substantial and substantive group work woven into the workshop makes for an energetic and invigorating approach.

Now you might be saying to yourself: What? Interior designers and hard-core building science-builder types making sweet music together? You would be surprised at how well these perspectives can inform each other. Here is just one example:

Your clients TELL you they want new replacement windows. But what they actually want is to keep the way their windows currently look, not spend too much, and get real performance improvements (in terms of energy efficiency, thermal comfort, and daylighting -- without overheating during the summer). Whew. So you sit down with an interior designer, and all of the sudden you need to compare about a dozen options -- sash replacements, window films, cellular shades, awnings, shutters -- all with real (but different) advantages. What started as a rather simple choice ends up to be quite a puzzle, based on a weaving of sometimes competing aspects: energy efficiency, lighting, views, privacy, cost, comfort, even noise. It's just as much about interior design as it is hard-core remodeling.

Green remodeling is a really cool topic and REGREEN is a great approach to it. It's definitely worth checking out the REGREEN Roadshow schedule. Although only Atlanta is up at this point, look for stops in places like Austin, Boston, Denver, New Orleans, San Francisco, and DC coming soon.

GBA Representative Remodeling Projects: (The first two are featured case studies in the REGREEN workshop)
Affordable Green Remodel of a California Bungalow
Deep Energy Makeover: One Step At A Time
Green Remodel of a Midcentury Kitchen
Green Basement Renovation: Adding Under a Home
Michigan's First LEED Platinum Gut-Rehab
Sunroom Addition in Rhode Island

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1 Hi Doug - You can find resum posted by Peter Yost on 03/23/2010 at 02:19 pm

Hi Doug -

You can find resumes for all of USGBC LEED Faculty here:

http://www.usgbc.org/faculty/facultyList.aspx#searchResult

The instructors who are currently qualified to teach the 2-day REGREEN workshop are (the first group is the building performance crowd and the second group is the interior design crowd):

Laura Capps Jay Hall Rob Moody Peter Yost

Victoria Schomer Annette Stelmack Bernadette Upton

2 Looks like a very interesting posted by Doug Schroeder on 03/23/2010 at 12:05 pm

Looks like a very interesting workshop. How does one find out more about the instructors? I look forward to the event in DC.

3 I couldn't agree more, inter posted by Mike on 03/24/2010 at 01:36 pm

I couldn't agree more, interior design and building science do go together. Those two aspects of building a more economical, dynamic, and energy-saving home mesh well to create modern Green housing.


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