The Edmond Sun


August 20, 2012

Oklahoma Green Building Summit set for Sept. 27

More than 400 expected to attend multidisciplinary event

Midwest City — A daylong conference designed for commercial and home builders, Realtors, architects, engineers, code enforcement personnel and others in the construction industry is scheduled 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 27 at Midwest City’s Reed Center at Interstate 40 and Sooner Road. A social hour will follow.

Early-bird registration is $50 per person, with more than 400 expected to attend the Oklahoma Green Building Summit. For a schedule and registration, go to Exhibitor happy hour includes $1,000 cash giveaway, sponsored by the OKMAR Green Resource Council.

One important component of this year’s summit is educational tracks offered to four distinct, industry-specific audiences: Commercial buildings/professionals; residential builders, HVAC/code enforcement; and appraisers/Realtors.

Only 42 home builders or associates in the state are Certified Green Professionals, with only six of them in Edmond. Go to for a listing of all CGP builders in the state.

In Edmond, the Certified Green Professional builders and associates are Jay Evans, Two Structures; Michael Gilles, Savannah Builders; Don Hildebrand, Don Hildebrand Home Designs; Jonathan Little, Capstone Homes; Zach Punnett, Punnett Construction and Bryan Turner, Red Rock Builders.

“When a home buyer asks, all builders will say they build energy-efficient homes. But how does a client really know? This is when inspecting, testing and confirming a home’s energy performance using a third-party becomes the new industry expectation,” Turner said.

“It protects the home buyer and levels the competition with accountability,” Turner said.

At the summit, the lunchtime round-table discussion will showcase representatives from Devon Energy, who will talk to the group about the construction of the company’s new, iconic tower. Attendees will be able to ask questions and learn what went into the building that has changed, and is now the dominant feature of downtown Oklahoma City’s landscape.

Session leaders and speakers include: Oklahoma Secretary of Energy Mike Ming, who will open the session with “Oklahoma’s First Energy Plan.”

The more than a dozen session speakers includes Justin Wilson, founder and president of the Colorado company Building Performance Solutions, who is a past recipient of the Built Green Colorado Builder of the Year award. Built Green is one of oldest and largest green home building programs in the nation.

Also, highlighting the speaker list is Realtor Bob Hart of Santa Barbara, a recognized expert in Green Real Estate who has served in advisory capacities on the national level.

Continuing education credits will be available for Certified Green Professionals, Certified Professional Builders and Realtors. Realtors can earn up to one-third of their Green designation with this all-day class. The construction industries has received approval for the home inspector courses to receive CEU credit from the CIB’s Home Inspector Board.

The track designed for appraisers and Realtors is based in part on the National Association of Realtors green certification. NAR’s Green Designation provides advanced training in green building and sustainable business practices so a Realtor can seek out, understand and market properties with green features. When done, the all-day session will provide a large portion of the certification credentials.

The track for builders will focus heavily on Oklahoma’s statewide Uniform Building Code. The creation of a statewide code by law a year ago has led to standardization of building practices but for many builders, learning the code may seem daunting.

FOR REGISTRATION information, visit the Oklahoma Green Building Summit 2012 website at or call the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association at 843-5579 or toll-free at 800-256-9980.

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