Locals got a taste of "green" at the fall home and decor show at the Chattanooga Convention Center on Saturday.
"We decided to do the fall show, and it's the first one we've done," said Teresa Groves, executive director of the Home Builders Association of Southern Tennessee. "We decided to do ... an emphasis on green living."
Green-friendly items included energy efficient windows and environmentally friendly finished furniture and recycled carpet and wood floors.
The association puts on a show each spring but decided to try something new with the weekendlong exposition in the fall, Ms. Groves said.
About 160 vendors with more than 270 booths packed the convention center, ranging from regulars of the spring show each year to new companies hoping to get new business.
Doug Caldwell, a sales associate with Owen Carpet Co., said the show is great for business as curious shoppers want to see the latest hot products.
"A lot of times people just want to come look," Mr. Caldwell said. "The hot thing now is being recycled, green flooring."
The popular items people were asking about were the recycled wood floors and carpet that uses old fibers to create new carpet, he said.
"We've had a full crowd (Saturday)," Ms. Groves said.
But the show didn't stop with remodeling. Vern Yip from HGTV's "Deserving Design" and "Design Star" was the special guess Saturday and talked about remodeling and decorating on a budget. Today's guests include Brian Trow and Peter Pasternack from A&E's "Flip This House."
While many shoppers thought the twist to encourage green living was a great idea, others didn't.
"I think in today's economy if it costs more people aren't going to do it," said Jack Murnan, of Chattanooga. "I don't think people are going to spend more just to be eco-conscious."
If you go
* What: Fall Home and Decor Show
* When: Today, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* Where: Chattanooga Convention Center
* Admission: $10 guarantees admission to choice of seminars by TV stars, $7 to browse and attend other seminars, free for ages 16 and under