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Green Expo 2009 to highlight RE in a life-size house

THE display of a life-size house, said to be environmentally friendly and economically affordable, will be part of the offerings of Green Expo 2009, which was officially launched yesterday.


Architect Sean Wright (right) shows off his model green home to (from left) Winsome Callum, head of corporate communications at the Jamaica Public Service Company; Robert Stephens, chairman of the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust; and Judy Benjamin, sales manager at Jamaica National Building Society. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

Architect Sean Wright (right) shows off his model green home to (from left) Winsome Callum, head of corporate communications at the Jamaica Public Service Company; Robert Stephens, chairman of the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust; and Judy Benjamin, sales manager at Jamaica National Building Society. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

It is the sixth staging of the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust (JCDT) event, which returns after a four-year hiatus.


“We believe that the time was really ripe to have another Green Expo. With all the green crises… we felt we needed to remind people to take care of the environment and how to do it,” said Susan Otuokon, executive director of the JCDT.
She was speaking at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston, where the launch was held.


The expo – which will cost adults $200 and children $100 to gain access – is being held under the theme: “A better environment equals a better life… Do the right thing” at the National Arena between June 5 and June 7.


Architect Sean Wright designed the ‘green’ house that features, among other things:

. an insulated concrete forms walling system that is not only locally produced but also saves on time and is less labour intensive;

. a high pitch roof that allows for space in the roof to be inhabited;

. dorma windows that reduce the need for air conditioning in the home;

. low-flush toilets and low-flow shower heads and faucet;

. water catchment from the roof; and

. solar water heaters, as well as photovoltaic cells that reduce reliance on electricity from the national grid.

Other offerings at the expo, which has attracted a variety of sponsors, including the Observer, will include:

. energy-efficient vehicles to be showcased by GM Challenger and Toyota;

. a three-dimensional Eco Dome (showcased by the University of the West Indies) highlighting landslides, coastal erosion and climate change, among other things; and

. a “kiddie village” hosted by event mascot “Tilly the Turtle” that will feature a star lab planetarium where kids can explore the depths of outer space.


Otuokon said the exhibits at the expo will range from “the very basic and simple to the very fabulous and fascinating”.


Source: Jamaica Observer



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