You can see and touch alternative building materials Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26, at the 5th Annual Alternative Building Materials & Design Expo (also known as AltBuild) in Santa Monica.
And on Sunday the 27th, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can tour green homes in Santa Monica, Venice and Mar Vista. The tours are free and open to the public. To help with planning, you should RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The expo is at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, and it’s free. You can check out 150 exhibits featuring manufacturers of green building materials, landscape and water conservation products, retailers, interior design products and furnishings, utility companies, nonprofits and city and state agencies.
Plus, there are green seminars throughout the day. Check out the schedule of speakers. Quite impressive.
• Back to the Future: Design Buildings Now So You Can Add Solar Later: presented by the U.S. Green Building Council’s L.A. chapter, Friday, 4:30 p.m.
• Permaculture Presentation: by Larry Santoyo, Saturday, 10:30 a.m.
• Certification Comparison Panel: comparing LEED (USGBC), GreenPoint Rated (Build It Green) and California Green Builder, Saturday, 4:30 p.m.