This is not a forum to promote events, but this one promises lots of valuable information and is free, already paid for by your tax dollars. The DOE will hold its third annual Building America Summer 2012 Technical Update Meeting in Denver July 24-26. This meeting, hosted by the DOE’s Building America program, will showcase the latest in cutting-edge, energy-efficient residential building technologies and practices.

The program will begin July 24 with a presentation by the Building America Standing Technical Committee, which invites you to weigh in on current and future research priorities. On July 25 and 26, the meeting brings together researchers from Building America teams and national laboratories in a panel discussion. These sessions will focus on addressing issues that must be resolved to deliver solutions that reduce whole-house energy use in new and existing homes by 30% to 50%.

The conference is narrowly targeted to “researchers, architects, contractors, manufacturers, builders, utilities, legislators, lenders, Realtors, auditors, raters, installation technicians, HOA representatives, and anyone else interested in improving energy efficiency in both new and existing residential buildings,” according to the DOE website.

Cost: The conference is free of charge, and lunch will be provided; however, participants must register in advance. You can register at

Location: Renaissance Denver Hotel

Questions: Contact

If you cannot go, the conference proceedings will be posted on the DOE Building America website after the event. In the meanwhile, take advantage of the library of resources available on the DOE site. These include excellent technical publications, online expert meetings on various topics, and a free webinar series titled Sustainable Ideas.