News Release - October 3, 2016

Regional District of Nanaimo to Host Green Building Event

The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) will host the popular annual Green Building Series on Friday, October 28th and Saturday, October 29th. The Series will kick off with a one-day training course on Passive House Design and Construction on October 28th at Oliver Woods Community Centre in Nanaimo. This course will provide participants with a fundamental understanding of the elements of Passive House Design and is suitable for homeowners, developers, realtors, designers and planners. Learning credits are available for architects, planners and building inspectors.

"This series will open the door to some of the region's most innovative and environmentally-friendly homes," said RDN Chairperson Bill Veenhof. "Our Board is proud to support initiatives like this - initiatives that contribute to a healthy environment, healthy communities and economic development, all of which are priorities in the RDN Strategic Plan."

Residents can learn how to save money on your next construction or renovation project by making your property more energy efficient and environmentally-friendly. The RDN will provide information on its Green Building Incentives Program and rebates that are available to residents in the RDN's electoral areas and the District of Lantzville.

On Saturday, October 29th, Open Houses will be hosted in the Qualicum Bay area. The homes will showcase a range of projects including energy retrofits, rainwater harvesting and new home construction. Homeowners and building experts will be available on-site to share their experience and knowledge.

Complete event details are available on the RDN website www.rdngetinvolved.ca, under 'Attend an Event'. Residents and businesses within the RDN are eligible for a discounted rate of $50 for the workshop. Residents outside of the RDN can still attend at the regular price of $100. The Open Houses are free. To register for the Passive House Workshop and Green Building Open Houses, please call 1-888-828-2069.

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Sharon Horsburgh
Sustainability Coordinator
Regional District of Nanaimo
250-390-6510 or 1-877-607-4111