Green Rehab…this weekend!

This is cool: talking with experts about practical strategies for rehabbing to save energy, money, and the “character” of our fabulous historic buildings, including existing buildings built 40 or more years ago. Here’s more from Sandy (sign up now!):

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Rehab Green: Historic Preservation, Weatherization and Sustainable Rehabilitation
This event is going to be great and there is still time to sign up!  Saturday, April 17th Rehab Green seminar being held at the Grange Hall 8:30am-5pm, sponsored by the Town of Friday Harbor.

The event’s speakers will address historic preservation, weatherization and sustainable rehabilitation of residential and commercial buildings 30 or more years old.

Thermal imaging reveals heat loss

Thermal imaging reveals heat loss

Session topics include: case studies on windows, insulation, moisture, air infiltration and heat loss, and lighting strategies; investment payback; Q&A session with an amazing list of building experts; energy audits, blower door and thermal imaging; and weatherization rebate programs.

For more information and to register visit the Historic Friday Harbor site or call Sandy at 360.378.2810.

Rehab Green Presenters—April 17, 2010

René M. Beliveau, San Juan County: René Beliveau is the Director and Chief Building Official for San Juan County’s Community Development and Planning Department.  He has over 35 years of construction experience; of which 18 have been in the administration, application, and interpretation of construction codes.   His current responsibilities include the application of the energy code and the application of the building code provisions appropriate for historic buildings, as well as reviewing and approving alternative materials and methods of construction.

John Davis, Director, Building Performance Center, Bellingham Opportunities Council. John Davies is director of the Bellingham Opportunity Council’s Building Performance Center. The Bellingham Opportunity Council provides a variety of services to low income people in Whatcom, Island and San Juan counties. Services offered include the Energy Assistance Program which, among other things, provides in-home energy audits and customized energy savings plans, offers weatherization services to increase home energy conservation & efficiency, provides for home repairs addressing safety and livability, and conducts community energy awareness programs. The Opportunity Council’s Building Performance Center provides training in weatherization technology and services, and provides jobs in energy conservation and the home rehabilitation trades.

Alistair Jackson, O’Brien and Company: Alistair Jackson has worked in the field os sustainability for more than 14 years. He leads O’Brien and Company’s residential services team, who provide feasibility analysis, design support and facilitation, verification and performance testing for residential projects. Alistair is the Certifier and senior consultant for O’Brien & Co.’s role as Provider for LEED for Homes certification in WA, AK, and HI. Alistair is a frequent presenter at green building conferences and conducts trainings and workshops across the U.S.

Stephen Mathison, Historical Architect, WA State Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP): Stephen Mathison has worked with the DHP since 1978 as Restoration Designer and Historical Architect.  His expertise is in the Historic Preservation Certification Tax Incentive program, and review of federally funded historic preservation projects.  He also served on the State Building Code Council subcommittee that studied and recommended adoption of the International Existing Building Code (IEBC) with modified sections dealing with designated historic buildings.

David Meiland, Bailer Hill Construction, San Juan Island: David Meiland is a builder and remodeler with 25 years’ experience. He recently completed Level I Thermography training. Primary interests include the energy performance of buildings, moisture management, and structural problem-solving.

Justin Paulson, Terra Firma NW, Orcas Island: Justin Paulson is the Managing Partner of Terra Firma NW, a general contracting firm serving Western Washington for the last 10 years. Justin is a BPI certified Building Analyst and Envelope Professional, as well as a RESNET certified HERS rater. Justin recently founded E3 Consulting LLC, a full service energy efficiency and auditing company.

Brian Rader, San Juan County: Brian Rader is the Pollution Prevention Specialist for San Juan County.  He provides on-site technical assistance to small business owners on the handling, storage and disposal of hazardous waste, including outdoor maintenance and storage practices.  Brian holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Health (Human Health Toxicology) and a Master’s Degree in Ecology (Ecological Toxicology.  His background also includes professional experience in the commercial sector, giving him insight into the needs and concerns of business owners grappling with contemporary environmental regulations. Telephone: 360-370-7581, Email:, Website:

Sandy Strehlou. Sandy Strehlou is the Town of Friday Harbor historic preservation program coordinator.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 12:40 am by

Categories: Around Here, Enviro Corner

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