FREE Workshop for Homeowners: Deep Energy Retrofits & Utility Programs

FOR RELEASE: September 26 for Oct 1 talk


Nancy Hazard, Co-chair, Greening Greenfield Energy Committee       

Sean Jeffords, Western MA Green Consortium & Beyond Green Construction    

Doug Snyder, Western MA Green Consortium & DS Greenbuild            

FREE Workshop for Homeowners:
Deep Energy Retrofits & Utility Programs
Thursday, October 1, 7pm at GCTV

GREENFIELD, MA – Thinking about an energy audit? Want to be inspired and learn about “what’s possible” in reducing the energy use of your home? Sean Jeffords and Doug Snyder of the Western Mass Green Consortium will talk about energy upgrades called “deep energy retrofits” - which aim to drastically cut energy use of your home by 50 -100%! The evening will also include information on free utility audits, $2000 utility rebates and 0% interest loans, $1500 IRS tax credits and more.  The workshop will be held Thursday, October 1 at 7pm at Greenfield Community Television, 393 Main Street in Greenfield. The workshop is free. Refreshments will be served.

“Nobody even talked about deep energy retrofits a few years ago,” says Nancy Hazard, co-chair of Greening Greenfield Energy Committee, organizer of the event. “But we now have inspirational examples of what we can do to prepare for living comfortably in a world with dwindling supplies and ever more expensive oil and gas.”

“I am committed to making deep energy retrofits an industry standard because we cannot continue to consume energy and resources at the same colossal rate we have been for the last century. It’s time for a new standard.” says Sean Jeffords co-founder of the Western Mass Green Consortium and founding principal of Beyond Green Construction.

Homes account for 21% of the U.S. energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions - and the homes we live in today will be used for many years to come.

Jeffords and Snyder will show slides of buildings they have worked on, and talk about how integrated design and solid teamwork are crucial tools in rebuilding our current housing stock into healthy, safe and affordable, energy efficient, high performance homes. They will also talk about the Western Mass Green Consortium’s efforts make energy upgrades affordable for all. This will be followed by information about utility offers of free energy audits, rebates and loans, and other programs available today to help make energy upgrades affordable.

Doing a deep energy retrofit is a complex project that involves many people who understand how a house works as a system, and have skills in framing, insulation, electricity, heating and cooling, siding, roofing and more. Close attention is also paid to keeping as much material out of the landfill as possible, and using local building materials that are produced with the least amount of energy possible.

Sean Jeffords has been working in the construction industry since 1987. He holds a construction supervisors license, and Discovery Channel’s new series Renovation Nation recently featured his pioneering work on deep energy retrofits. His company, Beyond Green Construction is a comprehensive multi-service green building company using an integrated teamwork approach to designing and building high-performance buildings, and energy efficiency upgrades.

Doug Snyder is president of DS Greenbuild, a sustainable construction consulting firm located in southwestern New Hampshire, works closely with Jeffords. He is a LEED certified green building consultant, and has been working on green building projects, both residential and commercial, since 1995. Areas of work include energy analysis, building science principles, sustainable construction materials, high efficiency mechanical systems, indoor health, and funding mechanisms.

Jeffords and Snyder are founding members of the Western Mass Green Consortium, which is made up of businesses, organizations, and homeowners. It is putting out an urgent call to action to reduce energy use and create a more sustainable future.

This workshop is the second in a series of fall workshops organized by the Greening Greenfield Energy Committee (GGEC). Their fall series aims to support their Greenfield 10% Challenge, which invites Greenfield residents to pledge to save money by reducing their energy use by 10% by the end of 2010. Other fall workshops include a talk given by Tina Clarke on Why 350 is the Most Important Number in the World, which can be seen on Greenfield TV’s web site at, and a workshop for renters that will be offered November 10. To find out more about these events, the Greenfield 10% Challenge, simple things you can do and more, go to or call 773-7004. GGEC works with the Town of Greenfield to build a sustainable Greenfield so that current and future generations can enjoy life in this beautiful abundant valley.


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