Green building workshop aims to answer what works in Steamboat and Routt County |

Green building workshop aims to answer what works in Steamboat and Routt County

Tom Ross

If you go

What: "What Works Here" green building workshop sponsored by Yampa Valley Sustainability Council.

When: 4 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 8

Where: Upstairs at McKnights Irish Pub in Wildhorse Plaza near Sports Authority

Information: Contact YVSC at 970-871-9299 or

— Steamboat Springs architect Tom Davis is a LEED-accredited professional who chose a local green builder to construct his family’s new Cherry Drive home completed last year, but deciding exactly which standard of energy efficiency construction to follow was still a challenge.

Davis had to research, ask questions of consultants and carefully review his budget before determining the final building plan, so the architect said he is looking forward to attending the Green Building Happy Hour workshop on Tuesday evening to listen and learn more.

“In hindsight, I wish I had known more about the different energy efficiency rating systems so that I could have been better informed,” Davis said. “There are so many different rating systems out there it’s hard to fully understand all the benefits of that program for an energy-efficient home as well as the tangible benefits for a person constructing the building. My decision-making process was guided by a tremendous amount of research, bouncing ideas off consultants and formulating my own strategy that hit the budget that I needed.”

The free community workshop presented by the nonprofit Yampa Valley Sustainability Council will feature short segments from a variety of local builders, architects and homeowners who currently are working on or have completed residential or commercial buildings according to such standards as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Green Globes, Energy Star and the Routt County Green Building Program. The presenters will address why a certain building program was chosen and how the process worked out in Routt County.

“It’s confusing; there’s no doubt about it. I think people need to ask questions,” said workshop speaker Scott Kemp, a homebuilder who constructed his family’s house to meet the locally tailored Green Building Program. “The workshop is a good opportunity for people to talk to other professionals and learn the back story of what it requires to build green or energy efficient here.”

The workshop is open to the general public, homeowners, business owners and construction folks and will include a short segment on commercial energy audits and LED lighting as well as opportunities for questions and answers with the presenters.

The educational event is planned for 4 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8 upstairs at McKnights Irish Pub in Wildhorse Plaza near Sports Authority. Contact YVSC at 970-871-9299 or for more information.

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