Strategies for Success in Greening Buildings

Strategies for Success in Greening Buildings

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Now more than ever, building professionals from owners to engineers are looking for ways to stay competitive in today's challenging times, and the advancing green movement provides a wealth of opportunities. But keeping abreast of developments in the industry, new green technologies, products, policy and the law can be equally challenging.

The GreenBuildingsNY 2009 conference, June 16 and 17 in New York City's Javits Convention Center, offers building owners, managers, architects, contractors and engineers a two-day program that features talks and educational panels with industry leaders, as well as a showcase of green products and services to help professionals get ahead of the competition.

Nearly 9,000 buildings professionals are expected at the conference, which is now in its third year, and some 400 exhibitors will be on hand at the co-located BuildingsNY event, which is celebrating its 29th year.

Conference Chair Rob Watson, CEO of EcoTech International Inc. and the executive editor of, has created a program of 35 educational panels and sessions for GreenBuildingsNY 2009 that are designed bring professionals up to date on the green building industry and help prepare them for future developments.
The greening of existing buildings is a key conference theme that is reflected in the program as well as the venue: The Javits Center has a new high-performance envelope as a result of a sweeping retrofit project. Discussions will include the greening of the iconic Empire State Building, advice on retrofitting aging buildings and tips on how to boost energy performance.

Other session topics include LEED cost-effectiveness, sustainable construction in a constrained economy, water and energy efficiency, advanced materials and supplies, green cleaning, boiler basics, filtration and IAQ, and more.

Conference speakers include award-winning architect Bruce Fowle, who led the Javits project; Doug Gatlin, vice president of market development for the U.S. Green Building Council, who will brief attendees on LEED Version 3.0; Edward Clerico, the president and CEO of Alliance Environmental LLC; Paul Novak, the director of sustainability of Green Depot; and Michael Deane, the head of Turner Construction's sustainability efforts.

And for the first time, 21 sessions in the conference program are eligible to be used as AIA/HSW/SD learning units. As of this month, the American Institute of Architects requires its members to include four hours of education in sustainable design in the 18 hours of continuing education that are required each year.

The conference program and more details about the event are available at
subscribers are eligible for a 25 percent conference discount. More information is available at Conference registration includes full exhibit hall admission. Looking for exhibit hall only access? readers are also eligible for complimentary exhibit hall admission (a $50 value). Enter priority code WL3X5.

Christine Ford is the event director for BuildingsNY and GreenBuildingsNY.

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