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OCU and Bring It Home Address Energy Efficiency in New BuildingCodes

Oklahoma City University’s Petree College of Arts and Sciences and the Bring It Home project will sponsor “Building an Enduring Future – Oklahoma Building Codes in 2012 and Beyond” at 8 a.m. Jan. 18. The symposium will be held at OCU’s Meinders School of Business, located at N.W. 27th St. and McKinley Ave.  

“Oklahoma City University embraces the promotion of sustainability on our campus and in the community, and we are delighted that this important symposium is being held at OCU and will provide such important information about enhancing energy efficiency in Oklahoma,” said Petree College of Arts and Sciences Dean Mark Davies.

Bring It Home is an initiative working toassist Oklahoma communities in the adoption and implementation of energy efficient building codes. “Bring It Home strives to serve as a resource for communities and home builders,” said Jim Roth, project director for Bing It Home. “This symposium provides a great opportunity for education and advances energy efficiency measures for the benefit of Oklahomans.”

This statewide symposium will provide outreach and education to Oklahoma communities and construction industry professionals about recent changes to building codes. Speakers will include Billy Pope, CEO of the Oklahoma Uniform Building Code Commission; Jim Roth, Project Director for Bring It Home; Paul Karrer from the Building Code Assistance Program; and Jay Albert, Oklahoma Deputy Secretary of Energy. Morning sessions will provide an overview of Oklahoma’s new minimum standards for construction, benefits of new codes, and adoption guidance. Afternoon sessions will teach technical aspects of the 2009 IRC and 2009 IECC.

Bring It Home was developed by the Oklahoma Sustainability Network and is funded by a grant from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. Cost for this full-day event is $25. Public employees and elected officials are invited to attend at no charge. The symposium includes a two-hour session that qualifies for continuing education credit from the Construction Industries Board. For more information or to register, visit www.bringithomeok.org.