Three exhibitions at CVE teach Vermonters about economically and environmentally friendly homes

ESSEX JUNCTION Hundreds took to the Champlain Valley Exposition last weekend to view log homes, manufactured homes and to view the Green Builders and Energy Conservation Show. The three-day-long event kicked off Friday morning with remarks by Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie and Champlain Valley Exposition Board President Christine Inslee. Both speakers talked about the increasing interest in conservation and energy efficient building and practices. Local business owners were on hand for the Green Builders show to answer questions about the growing trend of green home buildings and renovation. The show provided solutions for buyers, sellers and owners alike on how to both build and modify environmentally safe green buildings. A number of booths were also set up to demonstrate and explain energy saving products and services. Exhibitors to the Green Builders show included Planet Hardwood, the Vermont Green Building Network, Vermont Sun Structures, Inc., Solar Wright, Coates Walker, Martelle Construction, Montpelier Construction, Softub, Reliant Electric Works, McKernon Group, and Goose Creek Farm. William Reed and Josesph Thompson from Vermont Foam Insulation were on hand to demonstrate the effectiveness of their product by blowing air through three types of insulation. In two cases, the air flowed directly through the competitors product, moving the balls upward. However, in the case holding Vermont Foam Insulation, the ball remained completely still. Sharing space in the Robert E. Miller Centre was the fifth Annual Vermont Log and Timber Frame Show. Various builders throughout New England and Vermont showcased their best work by setting up the front facades of homes they have built in the region. Thirty exhibitors returned this year for the Log Home and Timber Frame Show. New this year was Vermont based Davis Frame and Vermont Frames and Lok n Logs Log Homes. The third show that ran over the weekend was the manufactured homes show, which featured four homes by Dutch, Eagle River Homes, Colony, and Commodore. Each house was fully furnished and open to visitors. Those in attendance could take themselves on a personal tour of the homes. Each home offered a luxurious bathroom, a large and economical kitchen, a master bedroom and two or three smaller bedrooms. Factory representatives from Design Homes, New Era KBS Homes and Ritz Craft Homes were on hand to answer questions. For more information about any of the three exhibitions, visit www.americasbestshow.com .

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