A “home of the future” from KB Home, a major announcement of a new tech organization and educational resources focused on residential green building set this year’s Greenbuild apart.
These three factors also presented one major takeaway—the future of green building and sustainability is strong.
And based on turnout, there’s a lot of interest in new, green technologies. With approximately 20,000 in attendance and more than 600 exhibitors from the industry participating, the 2016 Greenbuild Conference and Expo wrapped in Los Angeles, last week.
The turnout of attendees is almost to identical to last year’s numbers, while the exhibition booth count has tripled from 200 last year—showcasing a significant growth in the number of professionals entering the green building industry.
KB Home ProjeKt Aims for Future-Thinking Education
Home battery storage, lighting and shade control and more were all on display at the Greenbuild KB Home ProjeKt. The goal is to give attendees a “2020-plus” vision of what KB predicts the home of the future will look like from the year 2020, and onwards to 2050.
“Today, there are sciences, products and building processes that can get us there quite easily, affordably, attainably and in a collaborative way,” says Dan Bridleman, KB Home’s senior vice president of sustainability, technology and strategic sourcing.
Partners such as Lutron, Savant and more filled the alliance-driven interiors of KB’s ProjeKt, which attendees toured during Greenbuild. It provided builders, especially, with lessons and examples for creating smart, sustainable homes over the next three decades.
“It’s a home. It’s a sanctuary,” says Jacob Atalla, KB Home’s vice president of sustainability. “It needs to be comfortable. It needs to be a place where we come to relax and rejuvenate.”
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