With buildings as the largest source of carbon emissions — accounting for up to 70% of greenhouse gas emissions — the importance of exploring innovative technologies and new tools in the building industry is hard to ignore. If we are going to achieve measurable improvements in energy efficiency and renewable energy, a qualified workforce in the valley is a necessity. The Energy Smart Contractor Expo is making that happen.
Each year CORE partners with CLEER and Garfield Clean Energy (GCE) to empower the local workforce with an all-day event focused on making connections and learning the latest advances in the field. The 3rd annual Expo will take place April 27 in Glenwood Springs.
“We are excited to partner again on an event that provides our local workforce with the opportunity to explore energy efficiency, new technology, and best business practices,” says Maisa Metcalf, Energy Coach and Residential Program Manager for CLEER.
The three organizations all encourage local residents — across Pitkin, Eagle, and Garfield counties —to upgrade their homes with energy efficiency measures such as LEDs, air sealing, insulation, and high efficiency mechanical equipment. But oftentimes the homeowner can’t do it alone. That’s where the contractors come in: to get the recommended energy efficiency upgrades done.
The Roaring Fork Valley is known for its dedication to creating a sustainable and resilient community. Our local contractors, builders, and architects are vital in making strides in energy efficiency and renewables. The Expo is the opportunity to bring people together to talk about building science and home performance, local rebate incentives, building codes, and innovation. It creates a dialogue and works to sustain a workforce that can help reach carbon reduction goals throughout the valley.
Participants can expect a full day of discussions working to advance clean energy in the Roaring Fork Valley. The morning starts off with a two-hour expo, where local suppliers and installers will have products and services on display. The afternoon breakout sessions include topics on energy efficient rooftop units, grid-connected solar and storage, commercial and residential codes, and challenges and best practices for builders.
Sound intriguing? The Expo is open to all. Sign up and get details at the Energy Smart Colorado website.
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By Kate Henion