ACAT to host three workshops this month

The Alaska Center for Appropriate Technology is hosting three workshops in Juneau this month.

The first is the advanced lighting workshop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Travelodge. ACAT President Phil St. John and Project Leader Harvey Bowers will discuss effective lighting designs, daylight harvesting, LED lighting, visibly effective lumens and other systems.

The second workshop April 11 will be on energy efficiency and Net Zero Energy. It will also be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Travelodge. Peter Amerongen and Gordon Howell, who work closely with Canada’s EQuilibrium Housing Initiative, will explain Net Zero Energy, which refers to buildings that generate as much energy as they use.

The third workshop is on April 25 from 1-4 p.m., and again at 6-9 p.m. at Centennial Hall’s Egan Room. David Eisenberg, executive director for the Development Center for Appropriate Technology, will talk about green building codes, including building energy improvements, resource efficiency, water conservation, regulatory issues and environmental durability among other topics. Eisenberg has worked on numerous innovative construction projects, including Biosphere2.

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