Green Home Design Workshops return


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Photo by Brian Perkins Chuck Reel, Natural Power, demonstrates to class participants, during a 2009 workshop.

Adams State College's Community Partnerships and Natural Power are once again teaming up to present a series of workshops to San Luis Valley residents. These workshops will offer specific instruction on the basics of energy efficient home design, and includes hands-on lessons and tours of environmentally friendly homes. A large variety of common green home design topics will be covered, providing a foundation for anyone wanting to enter the green construction industry, or for anyone who would simply like to make their home more energy efficient.

This course will present topics such as passive and active solar, energy and water conservation, straw bale and adobe housing, among many others. The class is available to both community members and current students at Adams State, who make take the course for credit. Community members may register for the class, without college credit, by contacting Karl Jolliff at 719-587-8209, or Jolliff.

The rate for the non-credit class is $275, or classes may be taken individually for $35/lecture and $60 for each hands-on lesson or home tour. Classes will be held every other Saturday, starting January 23, with a break in March for spring break.

The first class lecture is "Green Homes and Passive Solar Design" on January 23; February 6 is a hands-on activity, "Straw Bale and Energy Conservation"; a Crestone home tour is planned for February 20; the March 6 lecture covers "Solar Electricity and Water Heating, Wind Power"; on March 27 the lecture is "Healthy Building and Feng Shui"; the hands-on activity for April 10 is "Adobe & Water Conservation"; a tour of valley and Forbes Park homes is scheduled for April 24; the final lecture is "Back-up Heating, Passive Cooling, Retrofits" on May 8.

The course will be taught by Chuck Reel, owner of Natural Power. To register for the course, or if you have any questions, please contact Karl Jolliff at 719-587-8209 or Jolliff.