Our region was represented quite well at the recent Greenbuild Conference in Chicago. The event, which attracts 30,000 attendees and 1,800 trade show exhibits, at times can be overwhelming in scale but also inspirational in terms of meeting inviduals with a passion for sustainable building. At the November event, our region boasted numerous attendees as well as a great number of local companies exhibiting on the tradeshow floor.
There continues to be interesting dynamic between geographies with larger metropolitan regions seeing much quicker adoption by real estate organizations and building owners while the small- to mid-size markets continue to struggle in market penetration. This seems to have been further exacerbated in recent years with the overall state of the economy and construction industry.
As the author of the Opening the Door to Green Building study which analyzed market trends and perceptions in our region, I can say that we are not on island. Numerous individuals from throughout the country that I met at the conference expressed some of the same findings and conclusions that the study found. As a matter of fact, I am currently completing two other geographical studies: one in the province of Alberta, Canada and the other in the Triangle Region of North Carolina. Judging from the preliminary results in these two areas, our market shares much with these other two. I am hoping to publish a comparison between the three in the near future which I believe will lead to some interesting results.
A few highlights from Greenbuild 2010:
Information Bridge-One of the best discoveries of the week was the unveiling of a new initiative by the U.S. Green Building Council's Research Program: The Green Building Information Gateway Pilot. The tool, which is in its pilot stage, will enable users to access and understand LEED and other Certification project data by credit achievement and also by other factors such as carbon index.
The Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG) is a novel information technology that provides an unprecedented view of the green building landscape and reveals trends, patterns and processes in green building practice. GBIG allows for the investigation and analysis of data about LEED-certified projects and the larger green building universe as a whole, and enables users to view green building in the context of other spatial and temporal factors.
The pilot only includes Chicagoland data but will be expanding across the country of the next year.
Building Green Announces Top Ten Products-BuildingGreen, publisher of the GreenSpec Directory and Environmental Building News (EBN), released the winners of its ninth annual Top-10 Green Building Products. The list recognizes the top green products based on recent additions to GreenSpec, coverage in EBN, and BuildingGreen blogs. This year's products range from VOC-free composite decking and office furnishings to LED modules and halogen-free cabling.