Midwest Renewable Energy Association(MREA)

If anyone would be interested in advancing the cause of MREA in the Milwaukee Area please let me know. This is a very important organization.


Good summary article of energy issues at

Talking Points
Times Select Beyond Fossil Fuels
Peter Arkle

Thirty years of research have produced a range of new technologies that can help turn abundant energy sources wind, biomass, solar, even water itself into alternative fuels.

In This Talking Points

I. A Renewable Called Efficiency
II. The Promise of Biofuels
III. Hydrogen: Hype or Hero?
IV. Here Comes the Sun?
V. Favorable Winds

Information Ideas

  • Federal Energy Policy Act of 2005

  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design(LEED) Green Building Rating System

  • Dwell Magazine

  • New Urbanism Theorists

  • Mother Earth News(Brian Welch)

  • Natural Home(Brian Welch)

  • Verdant Magazine

  • San Francisco West Coast Green Conference

  • Prefab sustainable homes by Marmol Radziner Prefab, Living Homes and Office of Mobile Design.


“Everything Eco”
Chicago, November 10.
See www.sfia.net for details and enrollment form.

Early enrollment discount and added discounts for LEED professionals and AIA members.

Earn up to 6 AIA/CES Health/Safety/Welfare units.

The latest and most important facts on
green building, sustainable planning,
and ecological design, costs and technology:

  • Dozens of extraordinary case studies of innovative design and construction, many never before published.
  • Buildings that improve the environment and become producers rather than consumers.
  • Why many buildings do not need HVAC systems and never did.
  • Complete rundown on the latest, easiest ways to meet LEED standards.
  • Why full-fledged green buildings now cost barely 2% more than conventional buildings.
  • New, extraordinary returns on investment for hospitals, schools, office buildings, stores, and housing.

MATERIALS AND METHODS 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

  • Earth Materials
  • Green Roofs & Green Walls
  • Straw Bale & Timber — Small Scale and Large
  • Recycled Materials
  • Toxic Materials
  • Double-Skin Facade Systems
  • Bamboo & Other Alternatives to Wood
  • Straight Facts on Hybrid Materials such as Rastra, Structural Insulated Panels, Polycarbonates

ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • Passive and Active Solar
  • Photovoltaics
  • Solar Cooling
  • Extremely Low-Cost and Free HVAC
  • Natural Lighting
  • Avoiding Toxic Air
  • Energy-Saving Everything
  • Harvesting Wind & Rain
  • Recycling Waste, Bioremediation & Site Remediation

Presented by Fred A. Stitt, Architect;
Director, San Francisco Institute of Architecture; creator of The Ecological Design Handbook, published by McGraw-Hill, and the upcoming, encyclopedic book, Eco Wave:
New Architectural Standards of Ecological Design & Construction.

Early-bird enrollment savings deadlines:

$110 per workshop or $195 for both workshops through November 3, 2006.

$150 per workshop after November 3.
$200 per workshop for on-site enrollment.

In addition to early-bird discount,
deduct 10% per workshop for AIA members and LEED-accredited professionals.
This courtesy discount is good up to
the workshop dates.

Call 1 800 634 7779; e-mail:
sfia@aol.com; or mail or fax enrollment.

See Chicago Green Building Workshops
at www.sfia.net for schedule and enrollment information.

Sponsored by San Francisco Institute of Architecture, the oldest and largest professional school of ecological design and green architecture.
SFIA Information Office
- Box 2590, Alameda, CA 94501
- 510–523–5174
- Fax 510–523–5175
- sfia@aol.com


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