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  • Green Showcase

    SIP panels are among the green technology you can see at the upcoming Oregon Green Expo
  • SIP panels are among the green technology you can see at the upcoming Oregon Green Expo.
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    • If You Go
      What: Oregon Green Expo
      When: noon to 7 p.m. July 3; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 4; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 5
      Where: Medford Armory
      How much: $3 daily; $5 for a weekend pass; 18 and younger ...
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      If You Go
      What: Oregon Green Expo

      When: noon to 7 p.m. July 3; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 4; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 5

      Where: Medford Armory

      How much: $3 daily; $5 for a weekend pass; 18 and younger free

      More information: www.theoregon

      greenexpo.com
  • Goodbye 2-by-6 studs with fiberglass insulation, vapor barrier and a lot of screws, nails, pounding — and seeping of air between the many joints. Say hello to SIPs.
    Today's green, energy-efficient and sustainably-built house can be framed entirely with SIPs — Structural Insulated Panels — which are a foot-thick sandwich of polystyrene foam between layers of oriented strand board, a product that costs a little more than lumber but which cuts building time and pays for itself in saved energy bills.
    A technology that's been around for two decades, SIPs have jumped to the forefront of green building as energy costs and environmental awareness have spiraled upward, says John Turman of Eco-Panel in Medford, a contractor and dealer of SIPs in the region.
    SIPs are just one of many green products — and Eco-Panel is just one of many green companies — you can learn about at the Oregon Green Expo, a three-day event at the Medford Armory meant to showcase the valley's fast-emerging green industries.
    Complete with scores of exhibitors, workshops and presentations, the Oregon Green Expo runs July 3-5. Show hours are noon to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 3; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 4; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 5.
    Entry is $3 a day or $5 for the weekend, with kids younger than 18 admitted free.
    The Expo, says its creator, Ashland Eco-Broker Don McCoy, is a place to network and market among the region's green companies, organizations, individuals and homeowners in such areas as financing, eco-tourism, education, lifestyles, household products, gardening, transportation, energy, recycling, water, health, wellness, the arts, media and home building.
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