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WVU Hosts Energy Efficient Building Workshop in Morgantown

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Chris Haddox explains energy efficient building to the class participants. Chris Haddox explains energy efficient building to the class participants.
MORGANTOWN -

The trend of "going green" seems to be growing by the minute and a local university showed the community that it is on board. West Virginia University hosted an energy efficient home repair workshop on Saturday for the community. It was held at the Lowe's at Glenmark Center in Morgantown.

Residents, business owners, and local organization leaders went out to the event learn how to make homes more efficient.

West Virginia University Green Building Professor, Chris Haddox, talked to visitors about energy efficient buildings, but more importantly, how to build and fix them safely.

"We have a lot of old housing stock in West Virginia in general. And before you go in and start making radical changes, and start putting in insulation in places and plugging up holes, you have to make sure that you're not putting the homeowner in a more dangerous situation," said Haddox. "We use a lot of combustion appliances in West Virginia, with combustion appliances come a lot of gasses that we need to get out of our houses."

Haddox explained that trying to make things more efficient without really knowing what you're doing can cause a fire hazard.

Most of the material used in teaching the workshop was taken from the United States Department of Energy's 'Energy Star' benchmark.