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Much to see at 7th Annual Green Home, Energy Show

From electric cars to electric bikes as well as much, much more will be 7th Annual Green Home and Energy Show, set for Wednesday, October 2 at the Prestige Lakeside Resort Hotel in Nelson. — Submitted photo on display at the

Come one. Come All. To the 7th Annual Green Home and Energy Show, set for Wednesday, October 2 at the Prestige Lakeside Resort Hotel in Nelson.

Sponsored by Nelson Hydro’s EcoSave Program and the West Kootenay EcoSociety,  the annual trade show event that features both green and sustainable options for building, renovating, and transportation. The theme of this year’s show is zero waste, with an emphasis on saving energy on building a new home or fixing up your current one.

"This is our 7th annual show and it seems to get bigger and better every year," said Carmen Proctor, EcoSave Program Manager.

"An exciting new addition to the show will be the MIDAS Lab, who will be giving demos on 3D printing and 3D scanning," Proctor adds.

The layout for the show will be divided into two — the public can visit a variety of local green vendors in a trade-style setting on one side of the room while on the other side, there will be short presentations from the experts. 

The feature presentation includes a series of speakers focusing on zero waste and plastics including:

  • Resident Lyne Chartier, of slimmerwaste.com, will take us on an inspiring journey to produce less garbage, and how residents can ease into this transition.
  • Darrel Fry, CEO of Advanced BioCarbon 3D Ltd. will showcase the sustainable plastic product made from wood. This, in combination with additive manufacturing, is revolutionizing how the world makes products and decreases carbon emissions.
  • Alyssa Nebel, Outreach Coordinator for the Kootenay Co-op, will share ideas and the line of products that can help you to move your household away from the 'throwaway' culture of today.

There is a lot of buzz about the BC Energy Step Code again this year, as the Province has committed to taking incremental steps to increase energy-efficiency requirements in the BC Building Code to make buildings net-zero energy ready by 2032.

The Passive House standard results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling, several local businesses that specialize in this area will be on hand. The City of Nelson's, Senior Building Official, Sam Ellison will be speaking about its update to the building bylaw in reference to the BC Energy Step Code that was implemented on August 1, 2019. 

Nelson’s EcoSave Program expanded and is now the Regional Energy Efficiency Program (REEP). REEP is designed to simplify the process of making your home more energy-efficient and is offered to all residents in the Regional District Central Kootenays. There will be information at the show about subsidized energy evaluations and how you can take advantage of the rebate and income-qualified programs through FortisBC and BC Hydro.

For more information, visit this website.

Local electric vehicle (EV) owners will be on hand at the show with a variety of EVs, including the Tesla Model 3, 2019 Hyundai Kona, and a Chevy Bolt. You can ask them about their experience driving electric cars in the Kootenays, plus sign up for a test drive with the #RuralEV Mobile Showcase. The Community Energy Association is excited to continue bringing the experience of driving an EV to people throughout the Kootenays.

To sign up for a test drive, please register at Accelerate Kootenays.

Admission is free! Attendees can enter to win door prizes at each table plus a chance to win the grand prize of $1,000 towards an electric bike from Pedego Canada!

"We are also excited to deliver a special announcement regarding a new community E-bike program in Nelson,Proctor said.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and presentations begin at 6:30 p.m.

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