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Jamestown Audubon Part of Largest Sustainable Energy Event in Northeast
Jamestown Audubon Part of Largest Sustainable Energy Event in Northeast

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Center and Sanctuary invites you to join them for the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association’s Green Buildings Open House (GBOH) on Saturday, October 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Both the Nature Center and the home of Jamestown Audubon President Ruth Lundin and her husband, Paul, will be included in this annual open house that is the biggest sustainable energy event in the northeastern United States.

During the 2011 GBOH, nearly 11,000 people toured 500 homes, businesses, and public buildings showcasing energy-efficient design, systems, and products, as well as renewables.

The Audubon Center, at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren, features solar panels that provide nearly half of its electricity. 

Ruth Lundin’s home, at 4307 Nutt Road in the town of Busti, recently received an award from Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards for Residential Energy Conservation Initiatives.

Of her house, Ms. Lundin said, “We envisioned our home to minimize energy costs, maximize interaction with the natural surroundings, and develop expertise in the local contractor community to implement green building practices.” 

With its open floor plan and ADA accessible downstairs, this home fosters interaction and conversation. It minimizes the footprint of the home while the access to the outdoors makes it feel much larger. Attention to repurposing materials, energy conservation, and local sourcing throughout provides the opportunity for almost everyone to take home an idea for his/her personal use. The super-insulated envelope consists of insulated concrete forms (ICFs), strawbale and structural insulated panel (SIP) balloon frame, and monolithic SIP roof. The main roof is a Living Roof over a rubber (EPDM) membrane.  Solar energy is harnessed both for electricity and radiant hot-water heating. 

For more information, and to see more sites that will be open on October 13, visit http://www.nesea.org/gboh/.

To learn more about Audubon and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345 or visit www.jamestownaudubon.org.

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