Buildings account for nearly 40% of all energy use in the United States. In Alaska, heating and lighting bills are steadily increasing, with potentially severe consequences for our economy. Though Alaska has developed numerous programs to make buildings more energy efficient, the state has barely begun to tap the huge cost savings and job creation potential that exists. These panelists will take a look at some of the innovative construction techniques already being deployed in Alaska, and discuss what other leaders in the built environment are doing around the world to save energy and keep money in local economies.
Jack Hebert, President, Cold Climate Housing Research Center, Fairbanks, AK
Thorsten Chlupp, President & Owner, Reina Properties LLC, Fairbanks, AK
Cathy Higgins, Research Director, New Buildings Institute, Vancouver, WA
Kathleen O'Brien, O'Brien & Company, Seattle WA