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Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Sunday, May 6, 2012
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- 12:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
A Preservation & Sustainability Conference
During the first week of May 2012, homeowners and building professionals will have an excellent opportunity to learn more about how preserving older buildings was one of the first “green” concepts, how to make an old house into a green home, and how sustainability begins with preservation. Why stop with recycling plastic and aluminum when you can reuse an entire building, capitalizing on its unique character, original green design, old growth wood, existing infrastructure, urban setting and embodied energy?
The five-day conference is filled with educational and entertaining sessions with nationally known speakers and local experts. The intense two-day contractor training on Wednesday and Thursday will cover historic preservation and energy efficiency topics that enable contractors and other building professionals to become better experts for their clients and avoid costly mistakes. The general public sessions on Saturday will help homeowners make wiser choices for their older home, while learning more about Jacksonville’s architectural heritage. The Restoration Resource Expo Hall will introduce attendees to products and services that help restore, repair and green old buildings. Sunday’s events will provide hands-on experience and site visits to see first hand how “old” and “green” work together. Lastly, the special events, including the Jacksonville Historic Commission’s Annual Preservation Awards and Friday’s speaker on the economic benefits and sustainable practices of historic preservation are not to be missed.