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May 2009

SLO Green Build Helps Residents Live Green with the Green Retrofit Sweepstakes

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Contact: Lana Adams
SLO Green Build
(805) 286-0072
SLO Green Build Helps Residents Live Green with the Green Retrofit Sweepstakes
San Luis Obispo- Living the American dream of owning a home is expensive. But your utility bills don’t need to be.  SLO Green Build invites residents of older homes in San Luis Obispo County to participate in its first ever Green Retrofit Sweepstakes sponsored by Pacific Gas and Electric Company. The sweepstakes entry deadline is June 15, 2009.
Fill out a free application at to win $850 in services from SLO Green Build professionals and $500 on energy- and water-efficient improvements for your home.
This nonprofit organization is dedicated to helping residents save energy, save the Earth, and save their wallets to help further its vision of making every building a green building. By filling out this ten-question application, residents can win a lifetime of savings on utility bills.
Eight residents will win, one from each incorporated city in San Luis Obispo County and one from the unincorporated area of the county.
SLO Green Build’s Green Retrofit Sweepstakes is open to all homes in San Luis Obispo County that meet the following criteria:
1. The home must be a free-standing single-structure.
2. The home must have been constructed prior to 1990.
3. The home must have utility bills that exceed any one of the following:
a. Average PG&E bill of $200 per month
b. Average gas (natural gas or propane) bill of $100 per month
c. Average water bill of $100 per month
4. The home’s owner and/or tenant must have an interest in improving the home’s energy efficiency.
5. Tenants must have the building owner’s permission to implement home improvements.
Information on utility savings for each winner will be used in case studies and educational materials shared with the general public, building professionals, and local governments for the purpose of promoting green building on the Central Coast.
About SLO Green Build
SLO Green Build is a local non-profit committed to encouraging the use of the most sustainable development methods and greenest building materials possible. Formed in 2004, this grass-roots group of professionals from the design and construction industries shares a vision: “Every building a green building.” SLO Green Build promotes sustainable building techniques that minimize construction waste, build healthier indoor environments and reduce energy use while conserving natural resources; provides architects, engineers, contractors, developers and other building professionals with the proper tools to build sustainable projects; and supports and helps develop public policy which advocates for sustainable architectural, social and building practices.

Green Advantage® Residential Training and Certification Seminar Coming to SLO

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Contact: Lana Adams
SLO Green Build Administrator
P:  (805) 286-0072

Green Advantage® Residential Training and Certification Seminar Coming to SLO

On May 29-30, SLO Green Build’s Green Building Alliance of San Luis Obispo County will host a two-day Green Advantage® Training and Certification seminar for design and building industry professionals at the San Luis Obispo County Library Community Room. The course will educate attendees on the latest in green practices, technologies, and techniques for residential building and will prepare them for the Green Advantage Residential certification exam that will be held on June 6, 2009 – location to be announced.

“We’re excited to offer this intensive training and certification right here in San Luis Obispo,” explained Turko Semmes, member of SLO Green Build Board of Directors. “All of the attendees will gain insight and tools that can be applied directly to their projects.”

David Johnston, the author of the seminar’s text book Green from the Ground Up, will lead the training.  With 30 years of experience in construction, solar energy, and green design, David will train attendees in Indoor Air Quality, Resource Conservation, and Energy Efficiency – from the builder’s perspective.

The $275.00 fee includes two days of training (May 29th 8:30am – 5:30pm & May 30th 8:30am – 5:00pm), two lunches, and text book (discounted rates offered to SLO Green Build Members). There is an additional $130.00 fee for attendees who to take the certification exam ( June 6th 10am – 12 noon).

Space is limited. To register, go to:
For more information on Green Advantage, go to:


SLO Green Build’s Green Building Alliance supports businesses in the design and building professions by providing networking and education opportunities to SLO Green Build members, including certificated training.