Curious about what it means to build green? Then be sure to check out the Grand Traverse Green 2010 expo at the Hagerty Center, Friday and Saturday, February 5 and 6, in Traverse City.

The expo is sponsored by the Green Build Committee of the Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area in an effort to educate homeowners and industry professionals about sustainable building practices and to stimulate the building economy in Northern Michigan. The goal is to foster connections that will enhance green trade, to give people an introduction to the technology and vocabulary of green building and to inform them of the coming changes in the building market as it is affected by green technology.

The weekend will kick off on Friday with a presentation to the general public on what green building represents in today’s market in terms of tangible benefits: energy savings, quality of life and health, durability of structures and resultant financial savings. Saturday will follow up with an all-day workshop for builders, architects and designers, bankers, real estate agents, appraisers, inspectors, homeowners, and anyone else who has a financial or business interest in the emerging green market. The presenters are professionals who have had real, positive impact on the green building field in Michigan as well across the United States.

There will also be an introduction to Michigan Saves, an innovative program to help all types of Michigan energy consumers—businesses, institutions, and residents—afford energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades by financing the installation of energy measures with no upfront cost to utility customers.

For more information on the event and to register, visit

Check out this MyNorth content about Green Building.

T.J. Ewing’s Blog: Michigan Saves Program
Up North Green Living Group — Check out the conversation.
Danny Forster’s Cool Green House — video tour!