I am several hours and about 52 ounces of diet cola into Greenbuild 2010. This is my second trip to the conference after attending in Phoenix last year, and I am not disappointed, as the sessions are proving to be inspirational and informational.
The opening plenary had General Colin Powell talking of his role in sustainability as an introduction, but the major focus was on leadership.
There was a good informational download on sustainability projects in China from the “Generation Green is Greening China” session. The scale of the projects completed for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and the 2010 Expo in Shanghai is immense. PV, ground heat pumps, building envelope systems, day-lighting techniques, grey water usage… there were numerous examples of various technologies used at both of these world-class events. There are also some impressive stats regarding LEED registered/certified and local stadard registered/certified buildings in China.
Some of the sessions get down to the nuts-and-bolts of the LEED rating systems, and the specialty update on campus projects gave some specific information on how this process works and how to integrate it in not only a university setting, but also an office complex. It was good to hear of the process direct from the folks from UC Santa Barbara as they went through the pilot program. Some interesting opportunities were uncovered that we may be able to capitalize on at the 150-acre office park our team manages outside Atlanta.