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Building for Sustainability – Bright Ideas From Our Canadian Neighbors

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City of Davis, Community Chambers

23 Russell Boulevard

Davis, CA 95616

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The Davis Futures Forum proudly announces our next guest expert, John Godden, publishing editor of Canada’s Better Builder Magazine, who will be speaking April 25 at 7pm, at Davis Community Chambers, 23 Russell Blvd., Davis.

Godden will be talking about sustainable residential building in Canada including the recent update to the international Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) verification system, newly expanded to address additional sustainability measures and new techniques for recycling greywater from showers and laundry. Godden’s talk will be followed by a response panel and questions from the audience.

This presentation is very timely. The City of Davis has been working on a LEED equivalency approach since 2015, one that provides more choices for the builder but achieves the same (equivalent) energy conservation results. Canada has also been moving in this direction. Canadian Green Building standards, like California's CALGreen standards, are some of the most stringent in the world.

How can Canadian LEED equivalency practices inform our local experience and practices among builders in our community? How does a checklist approach used by some Canadian cities allow for flexibility and still hold builders to high standards? How do these standards ensure that we will achieve our long-range goals of greenhouse gas reduction and sustainability for our community?

The April 25 Futures Forum should shed some light on these questions.

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