Greenbuild1_formatToday marks the start of the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Greenbuild show in Philadelphia. The show will run through Friday, with exhibit halls open through Thursday. Several exhibitors say they hope to provide green solutions to attendees at this year’s event.

“We’re looking for architects to have interest in our newer products and how our products can be a solution in their designs,” says Donnie Hunter, architectural manager for Kawneer Co. Inc.

“We’re connecting with a lot of general contractors,” says Mary Oliver, director of marketing for Tubelite. “We don’t work directly with them but we’re adding awareness here at the show as a manufacturer. They see the options and they can connect with our clients.”

“We’re trying to reach architects and engineers among others and show them our new products,” says Joy Govitz, global strategic marketing leader for high-performance building and energy with Dow Corning. “We’re hoping to build awareness and walk away with some good contacts to help meet those energy-efficiency targets we’re trying to get the world to shift toward.”

Additionally, LEED v4, the newest version of the LEED green building program, was launched today at the show. According to a statement from USGBC, LEED v4 builds on the fundamentals of previous versions while offering a new system that prepares all LEED projects in a portfolio to perform at a higher level.

“LEED v4 is a quantum leap for LEED,” says Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of USGBC. “Over the past 15 years, LEED has fundamentally revolutionized how we design, construct, operate and maintain our buildings and communities. LEED has created a completely new industry of business enterprise committed to energy savings and efficiency. LEED v4 is as much a testament to the achievements of LEED project teams around the world as it is to the green building community’s ambition to create significant global and local change through resource-efficient, cost-effective green buildings.”

Greenbuild runs through Friday. Stay tuned to™ for the latest updates.