Last week we had the chance to attend the United State Green Building Council (USGBC) Greenbuild International Conference & Expo in Philadelphia. Let me tell you, it was a physically and mentally draining week, yet we return rejuvenated and inspired to continue on our path. Attending a conference like this always lifts your spirits as you are surrounded by 30,000 like minded professionals.
The presentations were top notch with tons of information. As I attended sessions focused on energy efficiency and durability, Amy attended sessions on existing buildings, occupant behavior changes towards energy efficiency and neighborhood development. Therefore a lot of ground was covered within the education sessions, and with over 900 exhibitors on the exposition floor we were able to see a ton of new products as well as become reintroduced to some of the existing ones.
Not only did the conference provide great educational opportunities, it allowed for great networking opportunities and making new connections. I had the opportunity to briefly reconnect for the first time since the AIA Ohio Affordable Green Home competition with Ed Mazria from Architecture 2030 as he publicly announced the release of his organizations new tool the 2030 Palette. After 140 character discussions on twitter for the past couple of years, it was nice to actually shake hands and connect with Carl Seville (@GreenCurmudgeon) and Michael Anschel (@michaelanschel), both who have had their hands in crafting some of the other green building rating systems out there such as Earthcraft and GreenStar. We even had a chance to attend an after hours party that was co-hosted by Chad Ludeman (@chadludeman) of Postgreen Homes. The networking proved to be just as educational and inspiring as the rest of the conference.
Looking forward to taking the information learned to incorporate into our projects and hoping to return the conference next year in New Orleans.