Indoor air quality, smart water and energy efficiency take center stage at the 2015 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo.
Two hundred booths filled the expo hall where 20,000 attendees from 90 represented countries discovered an abundance of energy efficiency innovations at the Washington Convention Center last week.
The event was a soaring success, bringing together curious individuals from not only all around the world, but also different backgrounds in the world of green building.
The event kicked off its week with two days of green building tours and workshops devoted to educating attendees on the importance of energy efficiency in the industry.
On Wednesday, the event truly kicked off with its Opening Plenary, which featured award-winning filmmaker James Cameron (Terminator, Titanic, Avatar), who is a strong advocate for climate change.
The day continued with the opening of the expo hall, the centerpiece of Greenbuild, where 200 booths showcased the best and latest in green building technologies.
Some of the major companies represented included Kohler, Lutron, Big Ass Fans, Somfy, United Technologies, among so many others.
The expo hall also featured the unveiling of the Greenbuild Show Home, constructed by Hanley Wood and Unity Homes. The 1,620-square-foot home was on site among the booths and showcased how high-quality design and revolutionary technologies combine to create a truly energy efficient home.
Explorations in the expo hall were punctuated by awards luncheons and education sessions. And the event concluded with a “Greenbuild Celebration” on Thursday night, featuring the hit indie band Fitz & the Tantrums, as well as Friday’s Closing Plenary—a panel moderated by Kevin Kluse of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty.
Overall, the event was successful in not only showcasing green solutions for homebuilding but also in highlighting the entire importance of climate change and how tech can be used to save us from a world that is slowly, but surely, being altered by factors both environmental and human.
“We don’t need the green standard of 2009. Or 2012,” said Tedd Benson, company steward of Unity Homes, creators of the aforementioned Greenbuild show home.
“We should be working with the standard of 2030. Right now.”
And standards of the future were certainly on display in the expo hall. Perhaps the biggest trend seen was that of smart water, whether it be solutions for the home’s exterior—such as rainwater harvesting technologies—or smart water appliances for the home.
Kohler stood center stage in the expo hall with a massive exhibit and walk-through look at a generous collection of new faucets, showers and toilets that all offered unique takes on the typical appliance.
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Other strong trends seen at Greenbuild were IAQ solutions, such as the new WELL Living Standard, as well as avid interest in solar, shades, and smart glass for battling and utilizing the power of the sun.