GreenBuild is the largest convention for any person or company even remotely related to the sustainable and ‘green’ building industry. To put it in perspective for those who could not attend; the book which help the names of all the exhibitors was thicker than many of my textbooks.
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The expo hall housed Green consultants, Developers, Contractors, Engineering Firms, Architecture firms, Third Party Reviewers and was dominated by an enormous assortment of manufacturers and suppliers.
Although I was amazed by some of the technology that the suppliers were showing, I was not interested in purchasing anything in bulk. Thus, in the interest of time, I stuck to gaining knowledge on how different firms and developers had plans to be LEED and improve internal LEED training.
A few exhibitors which really made an impression on me included:
Lend Lease – www.lendlease.com
I conversed with Lend Lease`s Sustainability Manager. We discussed the internal LEED training program they had put in place. Just as major Accounting Firms internally train their employers to become Chartered Accountants, now Building/Design firms can do the same! In the past decade, Lende Lease has completed over 2500 projects, including the:
Academic Joint Use Facility
I was also pleasantly surprised to see LEEDuser as an exhibitor at the show.
LEEDuser is a great resource for anyone in the LEED industry and has many answers to all LEED credit related questions. www.LEEDuser.com is a partner of www.building-green.com