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Monday, September 19, 2005

NESEA Showcases Green Buildings in October

The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) is organizing the 2005 Green Buildings Open House on Saturday October 1st from 10am to 4pm, showcasing energy efficient homes in New England, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. The Open House is part of the American Solar Energy Society's National Solar Tour, offering special opportunity for the public to see first-hand how clean energy and green building practices are put to functional uses.

"The idea is to show the public that renewable energy systems are available now, work and can be economical..albeit in the long term," stated Christian Grieco, a local NESEA coordinator for the event. "Our attitude is you have to pay for energy anyway-why not invest in the future and buy a system that produces electricity, passive heating or cooling, or hot water. The 'fuel' is free and the savings on the utility bill allow the system to pay for itself over time," he explained. "And we get cleaner air to boot."

Attendees of the open house can learn basic principles of green buildings: designing for solar heating (passive solar), energy-efficient building techniques such as superinsulation and air sealing, safe indoor air quality, and resource-efficient and healthy building materials. The green buildings demonstrate many energy-efficient applications including how solar hot water is collected and stored, how photovoltaics can be placed on or integrated into the shell of a building to produce electricity, or how wind can be used to generate power.

Homeowners and facility managers will be on site to describe their green buildings technologies, and to answer questions. For a list of participating homes or further information visit http://www.nesea.org/buildings/openhouse/. If you can't attend this years Open House Greener Magazine will be there to provide you with a virtual tour including interviews, photos, product/technology updates and more.

By Greg Hitchcock - New York
Greener Magazine Staff Writer

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