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Posted on: September 17, 2019

[ARCHIVED] 7th Annual Green Home and Energy Show


September 17, 2019

7th Annual Green Home and Energy Show - Zeroing in on Waste, Electric Transportation and Saving Energy 

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 at 6:00 pm at Prestige Lakeside Resort

Nelson, BC –Nelson Hydro’s EcoSave Program and the West Kootenay EcoSociety are pleased to present the 7th 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.

The show is a two-part event. Attendees can visit a variety of local green vendors on one side of the room (trade-show style), and 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. Resident Lyne Chartier, of, 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.

"This is our 7th annual show and it seems to get bigger and better every yearAn exciting new addition to the show will be the MIDAS Lab, who will be giving demos on 3D printing and 3D scanning,” says Carmen Proctor, EcoSave Program Manager. She adds “We are also excited to deliver a special announcement regarding a new community E-bike program in Nelson.”

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

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 here:

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!

This all takes place at the Prestige Lakeside Resort on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019. Doors open at 6:00 pm and presentations begin at 6:30 pm. For the full presentation schedule, please click here

Media Contact:

Carmen Proctor, EcoSave Manager – (250) 509-2021

Here are some highlights of this year’s program:

  • Local Experts -  Come and meet those who specialize in energy retrofits, insulation specialists and experts in heat pumps and heat pump hot water heaters, high-efficiency gas furnaces and boilers, builders and designers who are ready to help you with Net Zero buildings and meeting the new BC Energy Step Code;
  • Greening up the home - Learn about tiny homes, smart thermostats, sustainable kitchen renovations, Leeds Certified flooring, and solar attic fans;
  • EcoSave Program - This residential energy efficiency program has expanded to everyone in the RDCK. Come learn about the benefits of participating and how to reduce costs on your energy bills;
  • Electric Transportation - learn from community members who own different makes and models of Electric Vehicles (including the Tesla Model 3) and want to share their personal experience, as well as the electric bike from Pedego Canada;
  • MIDAS Lab and Advanced BioCarbon3D - 3D printing and 3D scanner demos, and producing plastics made from wood;
  • EcoSociety - learn about the Free Seniors Weatherization Program, and the 100% Renewable Campaign;
  • City of Nelson - Nelson’s new Climate Change Coordinator, Kate Letizia, will speak about climate change action planning;
  • Regional District Central Kootenays - featuring regional sustainability and climate action efforts including energy efficiency, resource recovery, water conservation, food and agriculture and more;
  • FortisBC –rebate guides for residential and commercial buildings, plus income-qualified programs



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