Monday, November 16, 2009

Local Green Building Leader Kicks Off RAM

The committees’ portion of the Fall Membership Meeting got underway this afternoon with the Regulatory Affairs and Marketing (RAM) Committee block. The afternoon’s session featured a special presentation by Anita Ledbetter, executive director of Build San Antonio Green™, a local residential sustainable building program that focuses on energy efficiency, water efficiency, sustainable materials, and more.

Ledbetter discussed the development of the organization’s program, which is performance-based. She explained that the organization focused on reaching production builders to reach the masses. She also noted that “green building is something achievable for all builders, at all price points.”

In December 2008, Build San Antonio Green launched a retrofit program for existing homes. “We’re moving into a whole new area,” said Ledbetter.

Among its activities, Build San Antonio Green provides technical workshops on energy efficiency, conservation, renewable energy, and green building. The organization has won several awards for its efforts, including the 2009 National Association of Home Builder’s National Green Building Award.

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