PLATTSBURGH - The Adirondack Builders Association's Adirondack Home Show has been known for showcasing the latest products and styles for home improvement projects for the last 17 years. However, this year, there's an addition to the annual event that shows - contrary to popular belief - it can be easy being green.
This year's two-day event - slated for this weekend, Saturday, March 13, and Sunday, March 14 - will focus on alternative energy options and energy-saving products. Allison Hulbert-Bruce, a member of the ABA board of directors, said the event will show people they can make home improvements that are easy on their budgets and have a positive impact on the environment at the same time.
"We're going to have seminars focusing on green and alternative energy products, so we'll be having people speaking about solar energy, geothermal heat, tankless water heaters - things like that," said Hulbert-Bruce.
Reducing water consumption and using higher-efficiency heating options are also among the topics to be discussed during the home show.
"We want to be able to show people that when it comes to heat, for example, there are alternative fuel sources to oil and, that if you have to use oil, you have the most efficient furnaces possible and getting the most out of your fuel," Hulbert-Bruce said.
"I'm very excited," she added. "I'm hoping the seminars will be something we can continue to do year after year and expand on. They're a great addition to the show. We're really going to have a lot for people to see and learn about."
American Standard will be among the vendors at the show, discussing low-flow shower heads, faucet fixtures with aerators to reduce water flow and water consumption, said Hulbert-Bruce. Toilets with duel flushing systems that are also higher-efficiency and lower water consumption, will also be on display.
Cabinet manufacturers that use sustainable forestry practices will also be featured, showing how green practices are now at the forefront in the minds of many companies.
"There are many cabinet companies actively involved in planting a certain number of trees for every tree cut down," said Hulbert-Bruce. "There's also a stove line that for every stove they sell, they plant a tree. Everyone's trying to focus more on being environmentally-friendly."
The Adirondack Builders Association Adirondack Home Show will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show will be held at the Crete Memorial Civic Center on Beach Road in the town of Plattsburgh. For more information or directions, call 643-0828 or visit the ABA Web site at www.adirondackbuilders.org.