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  • March 4-7 2015 | Virginia Beach
  • With its LEED® Gold certification, the Virginia Beach Convention Center (VBCC) continues to elevate the industry standard by continuing its on-going commitment to becoming as environmentally friendly as it is innovative.
  • Budget Crunch: Green Ways to Save $75,000 was saved by installing a program on their computers to automatically shut them down at 5:30pm daily. An additional $500,000 was saved by adjusting the temperatures in their buildings. All of these changes are free or cost very little money.
  • March 4-7 2015 | Virginia Beach, Virginia

Upcoming Events

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Storm Water Retrofit and Local Policies
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HRGBC Board Meeting
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HRGBC Board meeting

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Sun, Sun, Sun, Here We Come! The Hampton Roads Solar Tour is a bright example for the future

This fall, Hampton Roads residents will have a great opportunity to see and learn about the future of home energy.

The Hampton Roads Solar Tour, now in its eighth year, will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 10:00 to 4:00.

Dozens homes and businesses throughout the Hampton Roads area will be open all day on Saturday, October 4th for free tours. “It’s a tremendous event for folks who are curious about solar energy and want to see how it works,” says Brendan McBreen, one of the tour organizers. “They can talk to their neighbors about costs and benefits, and see and touch the latest in solar technology.”

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A birds-eye view of neighborhoods in Hampton Roads shows sparkling evidence of a growing trend: solar rooftops represent the future direction of home energy.

Homeowners across Hampton Roads have increasingly realized that generating their own electricity or hot water can save them money and raise the value of their homes. As the price of solar technology has dropped steeply over the past five years, more and more homeowners are discovering that a solar investment makes financial sense. Like laptops, cell phones and the Internet, solar technology is the future of residential energy.

Solar Services, a Virginia Beach solar company which hosts one of the stops on the Solar Tour, has installed hundreds of solar systems—solar hot water, solar electric and solar pool heating systems— throughout Hampton Roads since 2001. In the last ten years the number of local solar companies has grown to meet this burgeoning residential demand. This business growth brings jobs, technology and economic impact to the region.

The Hampton Roads Solar Group, who sponsors the tour, is part of the non-profit Hampton Roads Green Building Council. “We’ve been doing this for eight years and it’s been great. Every year, more and more people get to see and learn about the future of home energy,” says Chad Wilkins, the president of Convert Solar in Virginia Beach and another one of the tour organizers. “It’s free, it’s fun and it’s exciting. Come in October and take a look at the future!”

Information about the Hampton Roads Solar Tour, maps, educational materials and registration are all available at the Hampton Roads Solar Group’s website: www.hrsolartour.com

Come and see solar!

What:           2014 Hampton Roads Solar Tour

When:          Saturday, October 4, 2014, 10:00am to 4:00pm

Where:         Dozens of sites near you throughout Hampton Roads

Cost:            Free!

Info:            www.hrsolartour.com

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HRGBC Seeks New Communications Chair

Do you enjoy talking about green building? Writing and editing? Working with graphics, social media, and websites? Making a difference in your community? The Hampton Roads Green Building Council is seeking a volunteer Communications Chair to assist the Board with communications, public relations, and marketing. Join us today! View the announcement here or contact HRGBC Board at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

HRGBC is 100% Carbon Neutral - HRGBC has partnered with Renewable Choice Energy to offset all of our 2013 activities. Offsetting our carbon footprint is the equivalent of not burning 7,054 pounds of coal, not driving 16,672 miles, or planting 63 mature trees.