Virginia Cooperative Extension, the Department of Wood Science and Forest Products in Virginia Tech's College of Natural Resources, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service will host an evening workshop entitled "Green Home Building for Homeowners, Construction Specialists, Entrepreneurs, and Educators" on April 8 in Abingdon, Va.

Green home building focuses on designing, constructing, and operating buildings in a resource-efficient manner using ecologically based principles. Today, more and more homes are constructed using such principles, making the market segment for green home building the fastest growing in a depressed construction industry.

This workshop will provide homeowners, building construction specialists, managers, supervisors, entrepreneurs, educators, and government employees with a basic understanding of green building practices and certification systems. For those interested, the workshop will also provide guidance for the next steps in assessing opportunities for implementing green building practices.

The workshop will be held on Thursday, April 8, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon. The registration fee is $25 before April 1 and $35 after April 1; discounted rates are offered for students.

This workshop will be offered at other locations in Virginia in the coming months. Visit the Green Home Building Workshop website for dates and locations.