Greenbuild 2011 – Toronto Canada

Greenbuild 2011 – Toronto Canada

While it is great to be here in Indiana enjoying this beautiful Indiana autumn week, for those of us interested in green building and other sustainable building practices, the place to be is in Toronto Canada where the 10th annual Greenbuild International Conference is being held. There is no doubt that Greenbuild will be a game changer for Toronto and for Canada by taking green building to the next level in terms of industry and government recognition and international trade. The conference demonstrates that green building is an industry sector of the future, bridging the gap between business and the environment, providing significant opportunities to reduce environmental impacts, improving the health of Canadians, furthering economic growth and increasingly providing international trade opportunities between Canada and the US. It is undeniable that we are entering an era where green building has transformed from a buzzword, to a sophisticated approach redefining how we make and live in buildings. Instead of spending the bulk of our efforts converting people to build green (although this is still very much a need), we are now discussing the different genres and levels of green. What was first an industry centered largely on materials efficiency with measures such as low flow toilets, day lighting, and weatherstripping, has now metamorphosed into high-tech IT. Electrochromic windows, controllable electrical outlets, sensor-based DC power lighting systems, building dashboards coupled with cloud technology, micro fuel cells, and bio-based phase change solutions—wall fabric that melts and solidifies at room temperature to stabilize a space’s heat gain/loss. At Greenbuild this week, these advancements are what can be called, “disruptive,”—innovative technology that helps to create a new market and value network; they ‘disrupt’ an existing market by displacing earlier technology. David Gottfried, founder of U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), WorldGBC, and Regenerative Ventures, Inc., predicted and labeled this progression in the green building movement as “GreenbuildTech”—the application of high-tech IT expertise with the objective of advancing energy and water efficiency, carbon mitigation, reduction of operational impacts and materials’ effectiveness. To increase awareness and accelerate the mainstreaming of such emerging, disruptive technologies, Regenerative Ventures, Inc., in partnership with USGBC, has selected 30 top companies to present their exceptional solutions for the building industry. Some of the companies & products featured range from one of ido’s favorites; The Big Ass Fan Company adding to their energy conserving thermal comfort products; to new ventures such as “Sunnovations Inc., introducing solar water heating to the mainstream market. For more information on these “disruptive” technologies visit: Greenbuildexpo: Top Photo – Big Ass Fans: Top Photo – DIRTT Environmental Solutions: Submitted by: Jill Mendoza

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