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Solar design and homebuilding workshops target energy costs

Submitted by Debbie Carter
Phone: 907-474-5406

09/30/08

Upcoming workshops offered by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will offer ideas and techniques to help residents lower home energy bills.

Learn how to tap into the sun's energy at a solar design workshop offered Saturday by Extension energy and housing specialist Rich Seifert. The solar workshop will run from 1-5 p.m. in Schaible Auditorium.

Seifert will discuss Alaska-specific solar aspects, recent experience with solar hot water installations, photovoltaics and optimizing passive design with energy conservation. There is a $10 charge for the course textbook, "A Solar Design Manual for Alaska."

Seifert also will lead a cold climate homebuilding techniques workshop on Oct. 18. The workshop will focus on insulating homes and will cover options for retrofit, and radon and indoor air quality, ventilation, roofs and permafrost. The workshop will run from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in Schaible Auditorium. Participants receive a free manual with a CD.

Preregistration is requested for both workshops at 474-7401 or 474-6366.

CONTACT: Cooperative Extension energy and housing specialist Rich Seifert at 907-474-7201 or at ffrds@uaf.edu.

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