Peninsula building expo this weekend to highlight building, energy

Peninsula building expo this weekend to highlight building, energy

SEQUIM — The North Peninsula Building Association will open the doors on its 20th anniversary Building, Remodeling & Energy Expo this weekend at Sequim High School.

The free expo will offer many exhibitor booths, demonstrations and giveaways in both school gyms and the cafeteria from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the high school, 601 N. Sequim Ave.

NPBA Executive Director Diana Johnson said most of the booths will be set up in the north and south gyms. Demonstrations will take place in the cafeteria.

Parking for attendees will be available along the school’s north side.

“We are excited once again to present you with the opportunity to learn about innovative building products and services,” said Johnson.

“In an ever-changing industry, it’s important to keep up-to-date on market trends that can translate into big savings in your pocket, and our event is the perfect place to do that.”

One of the highlights of the expo is a drawing for four shopping sprees, said Johnson.

Angeles Millwork and Hartnagels are sponsoring four drawings for $250 gift cards. There also will be drawings for coffee mugs from a home design website, Houzz, and the NPBA.

For children, there will be a toolbox building station, courtesy of Built Green of Clallam County.

While the organization doesn’t count heads, it typically gives away at least 5,000 information bags to attendees, said Johnson.

Vendors “absolutely” make out well and usually end up with new sales leads, she added.

NPBA will host a number of demonstrations and workshops on both Saturday and Sunday:

Saturday

• 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m.:Lower Heating Costs: Ductless and Inverter Heat Pumps.”

Heat pumps draw heat energy from outdoor air using refrigerant to keep your home warm during the winter. In the summer, the cycle is reversed to expel heat from the home and cool the air. Unlike a standard furnace or air conditioner, heat pumps offer a high level of energy efficiency to keep utility costs low. An inverter, or variable-speed, heat pump maximizes efficiency and reduces energy lost during the refrigerant cycle. Utility rebates and low-interest financing can make it economical to upgrade or replace your current system.

• 11:15 a.m. to noon:Spin Your Meter Backwards with Solar.”

Grid-tied photovoltaic panels can be appropriate for any home or business connected to the utility grid with good solar exposure. Power Trip Energy will cover the basics of site assessment, equipment choices, system costs and performance estimates using projects from the Olympic Peninsula to illustrate.

• 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.:Kitchen and Bath Trends: Three Years of Houzz Consumer Insights.”

Presenters will talk about what’s driving kitchen and bath renovations, how homeowners plan their projects and what the top five megatrends are in renovations. Data for kitchen and bath renovation budgets for the Peninsula area will be available.

• 1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.: “How to Select a Builder.”

Estes Builders will guide prospective new homeowners with 13 very important questions to ask builders with the goal of comparing those answers and making informed decisions.

• 2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.: “Master Composters.”

Presenters will talk about how to learn about composting and incorporating it into landscape planning.

Sunday

• 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m.:Ductless Heat Pumps.”

Homeowners looking to upgrade their electric heat can meet Chris Christie and Dustin Halverson from All Weather Heating and Cooling. They will talk about ductless heat pumps as a highly efficient and easily installed primary heating and cooling system.

• 11:15 a.m. to noon:Spin Your Meter Backwards with Solar.”

Attendees who did not see the presentation by Power Trip Energy on Saturday can catch it Sunday.

• 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.:Kitchen and Bath Trends.”

Attendees who did not see the kitchen and bath trends presentation Saturday can catch it Sunday.

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