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Green Central Trade Show Home Tour at Central Carolina Community College’s Chatham County Campus

Posted Monday, October 5, 2009

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Pittsboro, NC - Green is the color of Central Carolina Community College’s Chatham County Campus Oct. 16-17 during the Celebrate Green Central Trade Show Home Tour. Visitors are invited to learn more about and see demonstrations of green building, renewable energy, sustainable farming, biofuels, and green services.

Admission is free for this fun, family-friendly event features bands, campus farm tour, Chatham County home tour, trade show, and program demonstrations.

Central Carolina C.C. is nicknamed Green Central for its many green, sustainable technology programs. The Celebrate Green Central Trade Show Home Tour is hosted by the college’s Green Building and Renewable Energy program in conjunction with the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association Home Tour.

“There are a lot of questions about green building and renewable energy these days,” said Laura Lauffer, the college’s sustainability coordinator. “Experts will be on hand to describe the many locally available products and services offered right here in Chatham County. There are many financial incentives upgrading your home to increased efficiencies. People will be surprised when they find out how much talent and resources for savings are right here in our own backyard.”

The celebration kicks off Friday, Oct. 16, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The trade show features local businesses offering services in green construction, renewable energy, sustainable building products, biodiesel production, and sustainable agriculture. Homeowners can learn about rebates and incentives available for renewable energy and energy efficiency retrofits.

The trade show continues from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. Visitors can also take the free, self-guided Chatham County Sustainable Home Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Maps for the tour will be available at the trade show Friday and Saturday and online at The tour features homes under construction to view the “guts” of green building, see rainwater catchment systems, grid-tied and battery photovoltaic systems, solar thermal systems for space heating and residential water, passive solar design, and much more.

In addition to the Trade Show Home Tour, visitors will see the very beginning construction on the Chatham Campus’s Sustainable Technologies Building and the Chatham Community Library, a joint county-college facility. Celebrate Green Central visitors will learn about the design and the unique green elements of these buildings: living roofs, constructed wetlands, LEED Gold certification, and more.

The Chatham Campus is located at 764 West St., (Highway 64), Pittsboro. For more information about the Celebrate Green Central Trade Show Home Tour, contact Laura Lauffer, (91..., ext. 236. Check out the Web site for trade show participants, sponsor information, and tour pictures and technical specifications on each home.

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