The U.S. Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter (USGBC NJ) and New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) are presenting important information for New Jersey shore residents affected by Superstorm Sandy. This free information session will take place April 18, 2013, 5:30 - 7 p.m. (sign-in/registration 5 -5:30 p.m.) at Monsignor Casey Hall, 751 Main Avenue, Bay Head, New Jersey (behind Sacred Heart Church).

“Jersey Shore residents who attend this session will learn from a panel of green building experts about how they can incorporate sustainable and resilient elements into the reconstruction of their homes,” said Florence Block, executive director, USGBC NJ. “This is a terrific opportunity to get their questions answered on a range of related topics, including material selection, state incentives and the pros and cons of modular homes.”

Topics will also include:

  • Details on resilient green building
  • An explanation and benefits of ENERGY STAR®
  • Available funding and incentives
  • Durability of ENERGY STAR and LEED buildings
  • Top priorities for homeowners and talking points to discuss with your contractors.

A question and answer session will follow the panel discussion.

Clay Nesler, vice president of global energy and sustainability, Johnson Controls, Inc., said in a recent USGBC blog, “As we learned in Superstorm Sandy, many of the same design and operational principles that lead to greater sustainability can also lead to greater resilience. As if improving efficiency, reducing costs, creating jobs and protecting the environment weren’t enough; we can now add increasing resilience to the list of benefits resulting from more sustainable buildings and energy systems.”

Attendees will hear from the following green and sustainable building experts:

  • Robert Emert, Jr., AIA, LEED AP
  • Robert G. Emert Architect, Inc., chair of USGBC-NJ Residential Green Building Committee
  • Gerry Hazel, LEED AP BD&C, O&M ASHRAE HBDP, CPMP, M&E Engineers
  • Jason Kliwinski, AIA, LEED AP BD&C, O&M, LEED fellow and faculty, partner, Green Building Center of New York and New Jersey
  • Mark MaGrann, president and chief executive officer, MaGrann Associates
  • Darren Port, green building administrator and code specialist, New Jersey Department of Community Affairs

Representatives from NJNG and New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program (NJCEP) will also be on hand to provide information and answer questions about energy-efficiency incentives and rebates.

The event is free, but attendees are encouraged to register at www.usgbcnj.org/events. Call 973-290-0013 for more information.

The event is sponsored by: the Bay Head Environmental Commission, USGBC NJ, NJNG and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities NJCEP.

U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
USGBC is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit usgbc.org, explore the Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG) and connect on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

U.S. Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter (USGBC NJ)
USGBC NJ is a non-profit organization focused solely on advancing green building and sustainable communities. The mission of USGBC NJ is to transform NJ’s built environment to become ecologically sustainable, profitable, and healthy. We accomplish our mission through education, advocacy, and collaboration. As New Jersey’s green building advocate and education resource, USGBC NJ provides over 150 educational programs, events, green building tours, research studies, and advocacy initiatives each year, through its three-branch, state-wide network.

For 10 years USGBC NJ has served as the meeting ground, catalyst, and propeller for sustainability-minded individuals in building-related professions. Through the NJ Chapter, LEED and green building in general, have found fertile ground in New Jersey. The New Jersey Chapter’s 1,100+ individual members represent the entire spectrum of New Jersey’s green building community.

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