Volume 46, Issue 2 - March 2007

Show Scoop
NAHB’s National Green Building Conference

With green building becoming a mainstream trend, building professionals will want to attend the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) National Green Building Conference in St. Louis, Mo., this year. Starting Friday, March 23, this conference will present the latest products and services, educational sessions with the latest codes and techniques, a tour of area green built and remodeled homes, NAHB’s National Green Building Awards and valuable networking opportunities.

Everybody’s Doing It
According to NAHB, 66 percent of homebuilders have participated in some form of green building. As green building products, techniques and services become increasingly affordable and available, so does consumer demand. National Green Building Conference provides an opportunity for building professionals to become aware of the products and services available to customers.

Pre-conference courses will begin 9 a.m., Friday, March 23, through 5 p.m., Saturday, March 24, offering attendees the opportunity to learn about Green Building for Building Professionals and earn designation credit for a cost of $365 for NAHB members or $415 for non-members.

A “Building with Trees” seminar will take place Saturday, March 24, from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., exploring the processes and techniques for retaining existing trees and natural features in construction and land development projects. The cost is $79.

An array of educational sessions will include a green building program and project showcase, topics pertaining to the business of green building and Green Luminaries.

New for 2007 are advanced program tracks that NAHB says are designed to provide step-by-step guidance for building and designing high-performance homes. This year’s Energy and Environmental Building Association (EEBA) Houses That Work sessions offer climate specific building science curriculums and re-engineering concepts aimed at improving design, energy efficiency and overall building performance.

If you’re part of the remodeling industry, a new Green Remodeling track will be of particular interest. Sessions will cover: Evaluating the Existing Structure, 
Deconstruction: Saving for the Future, 
Greening an Addition, and 
Green Remodeling Techniques and Best Practices.

The opening session will be hosted by William McDonough, a world-renowned architect practicing ecologically-, socially- and economically-intelligent architecture. He is a Time magazine Hero for the Planet and recipient of three presidential awards for sustainability in design. McDonough will speak on his “Cradle to Cradle” philosophy and design practice, pertaining to the possibilities of an environmentally and economically intelligent future through design.

Hotel accommodations are provided by the Adam’s Mark Hotel, located at fourth and Chestnut Streets in St. Louis, Mo., at a special rate of $139 per night, single or double. 

Networking Opportunities

The exhibit hall will be open Monday, March 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Tuesday from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a Green Building Awards Dinner Sunday, March 25, with a reception at 6 p.m. and dinner from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. with guest speaker Dr. Peter Raven, director of the Missouri Botanical Garden. Raven was selected by Time magazine as Hero for the Planet and is a leading advocate for building a sustainable environment. 


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