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GreenBuild 2010 A Big Success PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul Nutcher   
Tuesday, 23 November 2010 14:26

The enthusiasm was infectious for all the green products and sustainable building information at the 2010 GreenBuild International Conference and Expo held last week in Chicago. The attendees were upbeat about their prospects moving forward and so were all the manufacturers hoping to see some growth in the construction sector during 2011.

Prior to the show McGraw Hill had predicted a rise of 8% in construction starts with a majority of the projects being residential. However, airports, transportation infrastructure and schools all seem to be very active sectors now and into next year from what I'm hearing.

The next GreenBuild will be held in Toronto next year and will be held a month earlier than usual from October 4-7. The Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC) will host the event, which is the first one held outside the United States.

Other noteworthy announcements during GreenBuild this year was the strategic partnership announced between GreenBuilding (GreenSpec) and the Green Building Network (PharosProject). The move is expected to provide architects, designers and specifiers with an authoritative source of independent information about building products, as neither organization accepts advertising and operates on a subscription basis. I've always considered these two green product sources to be the Consumer Reports of green product information for building project teams. The new site www.GreenSpecPharos.com will provide access to the combined product research of both organizations. That means a great resource for project teams and maunfacturers need to get their product information in front of the product reviewers at both organizations. Alex Wilson and Nadav Mailin at GreenBuilding are also the main editorial contributors for GreenSource magazine, the print publications that arrives monthly to all of the U.S. Green Building Council members.

Another subject of talk during the show was the Construction Specifications Institute's new Corporate Partner Program. The CPP is geared toward companies who want to take advantage of value pricing on multiple CSI membership, certification, education, CSI Academies and advertising and sponsorship opportunities.  Joining CSI and taking advantage of the networking opportunities at the chapter level has proven to stimulate business connections and opportunities in the commercial construction markets. Current CPP members include: Kingspan, Morin, ATAS, LG Hausys and Glidden Professional.  For more information on CSI’s Corporate Partner Program, please contact: Green Apple Group's president Paul Nutcher, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released a draft of the next version of the LEED rating systems, and has opened the first public comment period for that draft. The comment period will run from Nov. 8, 2010, to Dec. 31, 2010. According to USGBC’s website, a second public comment period is expected in mid-2011, and the rating system itself is expected to be released in November 2012. Although it had been dubbed “LEED 2012” informally during development, after the current “LEED 2009” system, the new version of the rating system is officially unnamed. We would encourage product manufacturers to look over the LEED credits relevant to their products and provide the USGBC with comments, concerns and issues regarding the impact the changes might have on your product and its inclusion on LEED projects. Here is the Web site for posting public comments: http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=2360

 

 

TAGS: LEED, Constructon Specifications Institute, CSI Corporate Partner Program, CSI Academies, U.S. Green Building Council, GreenSource magazine, Pharos Project, GreenBuilding, Green Building Network, Canadian Green Building Council, Solar Decathlon, GreenSpec, GreenBuild, McGraw Hill, green marketing, green building, sustainability consulting, sustainable, Living Building Challenge, CHPS, Collaborative for High Performance Schools, LEED 2012, public comment

 

 
Congressional Committee to Meet in Chicago During GreenBuild PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul Nutcher   
Thursday, 11 November 2010 13:14

The House Committee on Science and Technology announced they will hold a field hearing on the eve of the U.S. Green Building Council’s annual International Conference and Expo in Chicago, Ill. to evaluate the topic of renewable energy integration into buildings. The hearing kicks off a week of focused discussions on public and private sector green building activities.

“This field hearing sends a strong signal to the over 30,000 that will be descending on Chicago to attend Greenbuild that Congress is keenly interested in understanding the successes and challenges to advancing renewable energy integration in our nation’s building stock,” said Chris Pyke, Vice President of Research, USGBC. “USGBC has long been a proponent of building-integrated renewable energy generation, highlighting its importance in the 2008 National Green Building Research Agenda.

”Key green building researchers, experts and practitioners are expected to testify at the hearing, which is open to the public and will be held on Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. at the LEED registered Dirksen Federal Courthouse in Chicago, Ill.

Greenbuild 2010 will feature an array of inspiring speakers and more than 100 education sessions and the world's largest exhibit hall devoted to green building with over 900 exhibiting companies with over1,800 booths showcasing the latest in innovative, cutting-edge products and services. For more information on the hearing and House Science and Technology Committee’s work on building technology,

 

TAGS: LEED, GreenBuild, green branding, green marketing, green advertising, sustainability consulting, U.S. Green Building Council, USGBC, Green Globes, ICC 700, renewables, solar marketing strategy

 

 
LEED2012 Draft Out for Public Comment PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul Nutcher   
Monday, 08 November 2010 16:44

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released a draft of the next version of the LEED rating systems, and has opened the first public comment period for that draft. The comment period will run from Nov. 8, 2010, to Dec. 31, 2010.

According to USGBC’s website, a second public comment period is expected in mid-2011, and the rating system itself is expected to be released in November 2012. Although it had been dubbed “LEED 2012” informally during development, after the current “LEED 2009” system, the new version of the rating system is officially unnamed.

We would encourage product manufacturers to look over the LEED credits relevant to their products and provide the USGBC with comments, concerns and issues regarding the impact the changes might have on your product and its inclusion on LEED projects. Here is the Web site for posting public comments: http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=2360

To learn more about how your product and services fit into LEED projects, call Green Apple Group at 407-517-4748.

 

TAGS: LEED 2012, green building, sustainability consulting, Home Star, USGBC, green marketing consutants, green advertising agency, branding, public relations, architectural sales and marketing, e-binder, product brochure, green product marketing, Green Globes

 
Green Rating Systems Changes Can Benefit Manufacturers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul Nutcher   
Tuesday, 26 October 2010 11:59

Whenever new standards are adopted in the building industry they can represent challenges for building project teams, and that spells opportunities for product manufacturers, especially those making products with an impact on renewable energy generation and energy-efficiency.

The EnergyStar program will become more stringent next year and the LEED Green Building Rating System is set for an update in 2012 with public comment coming sooner. Public comment gives U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) members a chance to influence the new version of LEED for its rating systems on both the residential and commercial side of the business.

In January 2011, Energy Star will be changing from the current version to v3.0. One of the changes includes measuring residential buildings from a fixed benchmark of 85 on the HERS Index. The resulting HERS Index will then be adjusted by a Size Adjustment Factor -- or size penalty -- and that becomes the target HERS Index for the building.

According to one LEED Homes Provider in Florida, E3 Building Sciences, modeling under the new requirements for Energy Star can cost between $1,200 and $6,000 depending on the complexity of the design, which means about a 66% increase in costs under the coming Energy Star 3.0 version. Product manufacturers with solutions to help lower energy consumption in buildings can gain market share and increase sales.

As with all project teams trying to be more energy efficient, greater attention to the building envelope, lighting and HVAC will help project teams achieve the coming stricter Energy Star requirements. However, it's not just solar panel makers or insulation manufacturers that can gain by the coming changes in LEED and Energy Star. Manufacturers of water conservation products can also assist with not only the water use reduction program, WaterStar, but also the new Energy Star requirements because any hot water saved is energy saved, as it takes energy to heat water.

Check back with the Green Apple Group Blog for more updates and the impact LEED and EnergyStar on product manufacturers, as well as insights on the various other 1000s of green product rating programs out there in the market today.

 

TAGS: green marketing, branding, advertising, public relations, sustainability consulting, green consultants, LEED, USGBC, CHPS, WaterSense, EnergyStar, water conservation, energy-efficient, energy reduction, green building, green products, HERS Rating, HERS Index, solar panels, renewable energy, insulation, HVAC, lighting, Green Apple Group

 
GreenBuild Offers Green Social Events PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul Nutcher   
Monday, 25 October 2010 12:03

GreenBuild offers more than just serious stuff, including after-hours social events. Some are hosted by the trade show organizers and some of the exhibitors have their own parties. I've found in years past at these events, you'll meet some of the hipest, greenest people in the design community.

Here are a few of my favorite parties which are not included in a GreenBuild ticket:

Johnston Controls, Green Tie Event (You must have a tie to get in.)

Siemens (invitation only)

Environmental Design + Construction (Friendliest people!!!)

USGBC Host Chapter Party (Chicago USGBC)

Most of these are invitation only but if you go to the organizer's booth and befriend someone in charge of the events, they are usually very nice about getting you in.

Not sure if I'm actually going to any this year as I've stopped by all of the above in years past and had my fill. Call me on my cell (407-579-8683) if you hear of any other parties and I'll help spread the word.

 

TAGS: GreenBuild, LEED, USGBC, CHPS, GreenGlobes, green marketing, green advertising agency, public relations, trade show, branding, advertising, Web development, Web hosting, Green Apple Group, sustainability consulting, energy efficiency, interactive media, social media

 
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