More than 150 exhibitors of green building materials, energy efficient practices and water conservation products will be featured at the Seventh Annual City of Santa Monica AltBuild Expo Friday and Saturday, May 7th and 8th at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St.

The event is free and open to the public.

Exhibitors also plan to present information on newly passed legislation on green building and the new California building codes. Among the water conservation products on display are cisterns, graywater and sustainable landscaping for homes.

An event spokesperson says that the AltBuild Expo is ideal for the professional designer, contractor or architect to explore everything that is new and popular in green building practices, as well as for the general consumer wanting to learn more about what can be done now to comply and be a part of the vast green building movement as it is evolving.

“With such high quality presenters and exhibitors, AltBuild continues to be an incredible resource for the entire Southern California region,” said Brenden McEneaney, green building program advisor with the Santa Monica office of sustainability. “There’s no better place to learn from the experts and make the connections a professional or individual home owner needs for the next project or sustainable passion and we are proud to present this in the City of Santa Monica.”

Some of the highlights of the Expo include:

… Established and noted exhibitors, as well as experts covering price points, government rebates, and the latest up-to-the-minute legislation explanations;

… Keynote Speaker Bill Reed, a world recognized regeneration and sustainability expert, presenting “Integrating the Whole System — the Practice of Living System and Regeneration Design;”

… “Consult with an Expert” – where a builder, architect or private home owner might want to review their plans, get free advice and find out the newest on building green, as well as on the spot consultations with experts in all areas of “green.”

… Sustainable Remodeling and Adaptive ReUse – for home and commercial use. Ways to remodel in a sustainable, responsible and cost effective manner; integration of recycled materials; and how to integrate salvaged and recycled materials into remodeling or reuse projects;

… Demonstration Stage/Mini Class — on changing out sprinkler heads for the Department of Water and Power rebates; and

… Debut of LA Box Collective, a coalition of ten-plus independent local sustainable furniture makers of high design/reclaimed material. Their products combine to produce a collection of furniture from reclaimed materials — all with high design and appeal, the event spokesperson says.

In addition, Hennessey+Ingalls Art and Architecture bookstore will host several author book signings and will have architecture and design books on display and for purchase.

Street and lot parking ($8) at the Santa Monica Civic will be available as well as a complimentary bike valet.

For further information, pre-registration and full schedule of speakers and discussion groups,