So much happened at the Builders Show (as mentioned last week) that I had very little time to spend on the expo floor seeing the many products and offerings from the many vendors. Fortunately, there are other ways to learn about offerings shared at the show. As you can guess, my particular interest is in the “green stuff” – and there is a lot of it. Appliances, systems and fixtures that make our homes green – in one or more of many ways – less toxic, improved air quality, more durable, more sustainable, made from renewable resources or recycled content, water conserving and of course energy efficient. Much of the stuff that can make a home greener is stuff we may never see – stuff that is in our walls, our attics or foundations. Other stuff – like light fixtures, appliances, finishes and so on – we see and work with as we live in our homes. To give you a small taste of some of the products at the Builder Show, check out 10 Innovations in Green Building Technology. My personal favorite is the Haiku Designer Series LED fixture from Big Ass Solutions.
And congratulations again to Karen Benner of EYA for her award of the Best in Green, Young Professional of the Year. Karen is a member of NAHB Professional Women in Building also – shout out for women in green! The St. Louis area was excited to have Nathan Verning of Oasis Homes as a finalist along with Karen and 3 others.
For those in the St. Louis and southwestern Illinois area, join us for Successful Progress for Building Systems – A Workshop and Panel Discussion Thursday February 18th. Michelle Desiderio from NAHB’s subsidiary, the Home Innovation Research Labs will discuss the latest news from the home innovation arena. She’ll also share highlights from the recently released consumer preference survey, “What Green Means to Home Buyers: Perceptions and Preferences.”
A roundtable panel will follow to talk about How to Get the Best ROI, Integration Challenges & Opportunities, Client Hot Buttons, Understanding & Marketing the Systems Building Approach, Financing as a Selling Tool, Asking the Right Questions and MORE! Matt Belcher (Verdatek Solutions) will moderate panelists Marla Esser Cloos – HomeNav by Sustaining Spaces, Sid Koltun – Laclede Gas Company, Kim Hibbs – Hibbs Homes and Ed Lott – Cushman & Wakefield Real Estate.
There is more, much more green stuff to learn about. Connect with me to learn more and see what we can create.
I’d love to speak at your next event – give me a call at 877-828-1827 or drop me a line at Marla@HomeNav.com. I work with consumers, especially women, and the home building industry to help each get the value of a home through the language of benefits. For tips, tricks, and guidelines to making your home and lifestyle GREEN, visit me, The Green Home Coach, at a www.HomeNav.com.