Having attended and spoken at Greenbuild for several years now, I saw a stronger emphasis at Moscone Center in San Francisco this year on integrating buildings with technology and transportation to consider energy and sustainability in a broader urban context.
Part of the reason was the combination this year of Greenbuild with VERGE, the conference series that focuses specifically on the convergence of vehicles, technology, energy and buildings in creating more sustainable solutions mainly in cities. With a few hundred VERGE participants from across many industry sectors gathered at a hotel next to Moscone Center, it was natural that many stayed an extra day or two for Greenbuild, bringing the perspectives of their sectors to the discussion.
And maybe I’m personally more attuned to sessions that discuss the challenges that cities face, as our firm works more and more with city governments around the world on programs that combine building standards such as LEED and ENERGY STAR with new technology to create broader solutions to address climate change.
By joining forces with VERGE and by emphasizing ways to place buildings in the larger context of urban energy and sustainability solutions, Greenbuild is becoming more relevant than ever to the goal of reducing environmental impacts.
A longer version of this post can be found at the Commercial Property Executive’s From the Inside blog.