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Green Home Building & Sustainable Communities Event

When: Monday, March 10th
Where: The Branch Restaurant and Texas Grill

What: Sustainable North Grenville is presenting a talk on green home building and sustainable communities given by Chris McLelllan and Sarah Gibb on Monday March 10 at 7pm (doors at 6:45) at The Branch Restaurant and Texas Grill (15 Clothier St. East, Kemptville.) Everyone is welcome; the Branch will provide a cash bar and some light munchies and sweets, by donation. Chris McLellan and Sarah Gibb will present on energy efficiency and innovation in housing in Canada, covering the past, the present, and the future. They will cover the opportunities and challenges related to high performance housing, energy efficiency requirements in building codes and voluntary programs, examples of innovation in housing, and policy drivers and barriers to high performance housing.

Christopher McLellan is a technical advisor with Natural Resources Canada, Office of Energy Efficiency, Housing Division. He has over 15 years’ experience in residential energy efficiency and construction, and holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Engineering and is licensed as a General Carpenter. He contributed extensively to the development of the National Building Code energy efficiency requirements for housing and small buildings, published in 2012, as well as to the ENERGY STAR for New Homes Standard. He has worked on NRCan projects such as ecoENERGY Retrofit Homes, R-2000, the EnerGuide Rating System, as well as on projects with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and the National Research Council. His expertise in housing is widely sought after and he is routinely asked to review and contribute to projects.

Sarah Gibb has an Honours BSc from Queen’s and a Masters in Sustainable Energy Policy from Carleton University. She has a strong interest in energy issues, particularly as they relate to housing and community planning. While completing her Masters, she did research for the Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Energy Policy. She has worked with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s Sustainable Housing Policy and Research group on the EQuilibrium Sustainable Housing Demonstration Project. This initiative brings the private and public sectors together to develop innovative, high performance homes. She wrote several EQuilibrium Insights that present specific housing design strategies and technologies implemented by the project teams. Presently, she works for the Housing Division of the Office of Energy Efficiency at Natural Resources Canada where she is working on the EnerGuide Rating System for Houses. She is known for her ability to explain technical material in a clear and engaging way.