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Event: Secrets of Renovating or Building a Super Sustainable Home with Mike Trolle & Elizabeth DiSalvo

Thursday September 20, 2018
7:00 PM until 8:30 PM

Ridgefield Library, Discovery Center of Ridgefield and RACE present a program on Green Buildings. Come find out how you too can live in a house that cost $18 a month to heat and cool!

What Exactly is a Green Home? with Mike Trolle

Some years ago the 'Green' movement began to take hold in our region. So much so that now the word 'green' symbolizes a certain lifestyle or type of product. The same is true of homes. But what does it really mean to be 'green'? Also, sometimes 'green' claims are valid and sometimes they aren’t. How do you know the difference when it comes to something as complicated as a house? Mike will try to answer this question using lots of illustrations and photos to make the concepts easy to understand and the presentation interesting.

Mike Trolle established BPC Green Builders in 1998 to offer a unique set of residential construction services that emphasize the use of building science and green building strategies to build and renovate homes to meet higher standards for energy and water efficiency, indoor air quality, comfort, durability, and safety.  Since then, BPC has managed the construction of several dozen new and completely renovated homes, the vast majority of which have been HERS rated and certified to one or more of the green building certification programs, including Energy Star, LEED for Homes, and Passive House. BPC has won numerous awards, including the 2015 Outstanding Single-Family Home in the US from the USGBC, five Housing Innovation awards from the DOE, and four Zero Energy Challenge awards from the CT Clean Energy Fund.

Why Build a Green Home? with Elizabeth DiSalvo of Trillium Architects

What are the basic motivations to build a green home?  People want a green home for various reasons: to help the environment, to save money, because they are early adopters of new technologies, or simply because they want to have a healthy environment for their family.  But many people don't know why they should want to build a green home. Elizabeth will discuss the reasons mentioned above through cost benefit analysis, as well revealing some of the many 'not so quantifiable' benefits of living in one of these super sustainable homes.

Elizabeth Di Salvo of Trillium Architects in Fairfield County has been actively designing sustainable, ecological and energy efficient buildings since 1992. She formed Trillium Architects in 2004 with the sole purpose of producing smaller, beautiful, eco-friendly homes.  Elizabeth grew up in the industry and has architectural degrees from both Rensselaer and Columbia University.

Over the years, Elizabeth and Trillium have refined their approach to super sustainable home building such as Net Zero, LEED and Passive House. In doing so they have learned how to prioritize and surpass clients’ expectations for peaceful and joyous environments, as well as optimal comfort, health and efficiency.

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Location: Main Program Room
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