Wed, Mar 25th 2009 02:00 pm
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Heart of the City Neighborhoods, Inc. hosted the Green Building Forum: A Blueprint for Change, a forum for nearly 100 local building professionals interested in creating green and affordable housing in Buffalo, Wednesday at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum.
Keynote speakers Ann Petersen, Home Ownership Coordinator for the City of Schenectady, NY, and David Sadowsky, architect, discussed their Schenectady project that created a prototype environmentally-friendly home for low income buyers.
The home won the Best in American Living Award, given by the National Association of Homebuilders, and was the first home in NY State to be certified by the United States Green Building Council for meeting national Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.
Speakers from an array of organizations discussed the issues of affordable housing and the environment, universal design, ecological architecture and design, solar energy, and pollution.
Stephanie Simeon, Executive Director, Heart of the City Neighborhoods, Inc. commented that the next step needs to be to “get the word out to the public so that people who are looking to build or renovate will have a resource.”