Greenbuild 2010 Preview

November 8, 2010

ChicagoNext week, November 17-19, the U.S. Green Building Council’s annual conference, Greenbuild, is being held in Chicago. With opening remarks by General Colin Powell and Paul Hawken closing the conference, it promises to be an interesting event. Green Building Elements will have full coverage of the conference, with highlights posted twice daily during the event.

Green homes will receive special attention, as there are two summits planned during the week addressing how to increase demand. With residential construction and demand for homes so low, it will be interesting to see what kind of positive spin experts are able to come up with. The affordable housing summit will be of particular interest, considering the current state of the market and the lack of financial resources to back new projects.

LEED projects will continue to be showcased at the event. Many of the educational sessions will provide case studies and lessons learned. Tours of local green projects are also available for attendees. This is a great way to see the city. One of the final events of the conference will feature a look ahead at what the next LEED version will look like and how GBCI is working to streamline the current version.

New features of the conference web site allow attendees to pre-select their educational sessions and map their plan for visiting vendor booths at the Expo. This information can then be emailed or sent via file to a computer or smart phone. Some sessions are already boasting waiting lists, so if you haven’t selected your classes, better do it soon. The Expo includes a long list of vendors, all ready to present the latest and greatest news and their new products. The Expo planning feature should cut down on the number of hours people wander the exhibit hall looking for that one special product.

Greenbuild 2010 promises to be a spectacular event, as it always is. I know I always leave the conference revved up and full of great ideas. Registration is still available at the Greenbuild web site.

See you in Chicago!

Photo courtesy of Kevin Dooley through a Creative Commons License.


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Dawn Killough

has over 15 years experience in the construction industry and is the author of Green Building Design 101, an e-book available from Amazon. She is a LEED AP and Certified Green Building Advisor, and has worked on the LEED Certification of three projects in Salem, Oregon.
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