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Solar council plans building workshop

The Passive Solar Industries Council is holding a homebuilding workshop from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

"Architects, homebuilders, and homebuyers routinely overlook numerous opportunities to reduce energy consumption and save dollars during the design phase," said workshop instructor William G. Reed, AIA, managing principal-Washington of the Hillier Group.

The workshop will examine how natural elements such as sunlight, breezes and landscaping can be used with "green" building techniques to design a home that will provide significant energy savings and comfort.

The fee for this class, which is customized for the Baltimore-Washington region, is $100 and includes design software and construction guidelines that participants will receive.

The class will be held at the Columbia Inn Hotel & Conference Center, 10207 Wincopin Circle. For more information, call (202) 628-7400, Ext. 200.

Towson site readied for elderly housing

Harkins Builders Inc. of Silver Spring has broken ground for Trinity House, a four-story, 82-unit elderly housing project in Towson. This is the 16th project Harkins has constructed with the team of Catholic Charities of Baltimore and the architectural staff at Cochran, Stephenson & Donkervoet Inc. The civil engineer is Farrand & English.

Harkins Builders has built more than 388 residential and commercial projects in the mid-Atlantic region since it incorporated 30 years ago.

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