Gays Mills and the E3 Coalition proudly invite the community to tour the buildings in the new village center on Thursday, Oct. 27.
Attendees will learn how to save 30 to 50 percent on monthly energy costs with energy-efficient design. This will be a unique opportunity for the public to see these buildings while they are still under construction. Also, municipal staff and elected officials may find this tour particularly informative.
"The opportunity to meet with the community, the (Gays Mills) Flood Recovery Coordinator, the architect, and the builders is really like a living laboratory for local governments that are planning their own building projects," said Todd Osman of E3 Coalition, a group of local energy consultants based in Viroqua.
Energy efficient features to be discussed include geothermal, building envelope, and lighting, as well as heating and cooling systems. In addition there will be a presentation by E3 Coalition, Julie Henley, Gays Mills Flood Recovery Coordinator, and a representative from Cameron/Aslaksen Architects. This is a free event and includes lunch for those who RSVP by Tuesday Oct. 25.
The agenda for the day includes:
9:30 Tour Gays Mills Village Center, located on Highway 131 near the northern edge of the village
See and learn about geothermal and energy efficient features from Julie Henley, E3 Coalition, and a representative from Cameron/Aslaksen Architects.
10:30 Presentation and lunch Gays Mills Community Building, located at 212 Main Street
Hear a presentation by the E3 Coalition on the future of energy cost, supply and planning, as well as how to build energy-smart commercial and municipal buildings.
Gays Mills successes and lessons learned presented by Julie Henley, Gays Mills Flood Recovery Coordinator and a representative from Cameron/Aslaksen Architects.
This outreach event is supported by ARRA funds and Wisconsin State Energy Office and is a continuation of the 2010 energy independence planning project.