Visit to the GreenBuild Show in San Francisco
By Gary Hedden, Volunteer – GreenTown Los Altos
I stepped into Moscone Center in mid November and was overwhelmed. The exhibit hall seemed to go on forever! So many people, so many booths – really, it was all too much.
GreenBuild sign at Moscone north
And then it struck me – they are all interested in our sustainable future. That is so cool.
The GreenBuild Show covered everything from building design to product life cycle analysis to energy management tools to the latest and greatest earth friendly materials. Materials like recycled containers, forest sustainable wood products, glass with a reflective film that birds can see and we can’t, pre-fab net zero homes and efficient toilets. Lots of toilets.
Here are a few of the stops, with links, that caught my eye – out of at least a thousand.
MBDC – Cradle to Cradle Consulting. “Practice humility in the face of nature.” mbdc.com
How intelligent is your building? QAS has software to provide the answer. qualityattributes.com
Quantis. “…quickly compare your design to a reference building.” quantis-intl.com
UC Berkeley, Center for the Built Environment – “We have developed new tools and methods to measure the performance of buildings…” cbe.berkeley.edu
Energy Management Tools:
Checking out toilets
Sustainability Dashboards – track your energy use. green2sustainable.com
Modlet. A simple plug-in wireless control to manage plug loads. thinkeco.com
HVAC controls. millennialnet.com
Integrated facility solutions. abm.com
Sustainably Built Homes:
Bird protective glass. ornilux.com
Sustainable wood products. richlite.com
Green roofs. cetco.com
Rainwater tanks. rainharvest.com
Efficient toilets. totousa.com
Charge Pro, commercial charger, 30A, 7.2kW@240VAC. semaconnect.com
EDC – “the official magazine for the LEED professional.” edcmag.com
Island Press. A source for many relevant books, get a 20% discount w/ promotion code 5GBC. islandpress.org
Pacific Energy Center. Many free classes, typically one day, offered by PG&E. pge.com/pec
Sustainable Building Advisor Program. sbaprogram.com
Leadership advocacy tools. emergeleadership.net
It was quite a show. Very inspiring.