Training on Net Zero Homes comes to Telluride Friday, May 10 (and Durango Thursday, May 9)

imagesThe Colorado Green Building Guild, a trade organization focused on advancing the craft of sustainable building in Colorado, announces a new partnership with the Department of Energy to provide dynamic content about the business, marketing, and technical strategies to successfully build net zero-energy ready homes in today’s housing market. The builder-focused training session features multiple modules covering the business advantages of high-performance building, marketing to consumers, advanced building system design strategies and specifications, and gaining recognition through DOE Challenge Home. The four-hour course is tailor-made for AIA CEUs.

“Anyone in the building sector interested in new construction projects should attend,” says Julie Herman, Executive Director of the Guild.

“These trainings will help position contractors ahead of the curve and give them a marketing edge as we see the building sector start to pick up,” adds Kim Wheels, Community Energy Coordinator with EcoAction Partners.

The Guild is collaborating with EcoAction Partners and 4CORE to bring the training to Durango on Thursday, May 9, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. and Telluride on Friday, May 10, 8:00 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. The Telluride training includes a followup networking lunch to discuss local Guild chapter development, sponsored by Alternative Power Enterprises of Ridgway and the San Miguel County Building Department. Guild members can attend for $25 and non-members for $50.

To register for the event or sign up to be a Telluride regional chapter Guild member, visit Events at

For more information on rates, the specifics of the DOE Challenge Home trainings, and other trainings to be held across the state, visit

About the Guild:

The Colorado Green Building Guild is an association of building professionals dedicated to promoting healthier, resource-efficient homes and workplaces. Since 2004 the non-profit organization has grown to over 600 members. The Guild strives to advance the craft of green building, support members’ environmentally responsible endeavors, provide effective volunteer opportunities, and be the focal point for communication on green building.  For more information on membership, events, and involvement, go to

About EcoAction Partners:

EcoAction Partners (EcoAP) is the premier sustainability organization in San Miguel and Ouray counties, previously known as The New Community Coalition. Our mission is to inspire, initiate and support collaborative community actions that enhance resilient economic, environmental and social systems. The 2012 work plan includes three main focus areas: 1) Energy-efficiency, conservation, renewable energy and green building, 2) Resource Recovery and Recycling – reduce, reuse, repair, recycle and rethink, and 3) Localization of our food supply. These efforts all help to realize the vision of a world where people and their communities partner to enhance local self-reliance and ensure a sustainable future.

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