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USGBC Northern California’s GreenerBuilder 2017 Conference to Focus on Green Solutions to High Housing Costs and Water Shortages

Annual conference to be held July 13 at the Zero Net Energy Center

San Leandro, Calif. – (June 29, 2017) – Green solutions to California’s water crisis and high housing costs will be among the topics explored at U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Northern California’s GreenerBuilder 2017 conference, to be held July 13 at the Zero Net Energy Center in San Leandro, CA.

Keynote remarks will be given by Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of USGBC, who will share his vision for the future of the green building movement, the challenges we face and how we can help overcome these obstacles in an effort to reduce our environmental impact, improve our health and well-being and create new economic opportunities.

“California plays a pivotal role in our efforts to create a more sustainable future for everyone,” said Ramanujam. “At GreenerBuilder, we will come together to be empowered in our work, and we will leave thinking about the leadership role each of us can play in the months and years to come.”

The annual GreenerBuilder conference brings the green building community of Northern California together to discuss key trends in green building design, technology and construction.

Participants will have a full day of learning about the latest updates on the newest version of the LEED green building program, Arc, a new performance platform and LEED for Cities and Communities. Featured speakers include architects, project managers, engineers, code experts and USGBC leaders who will cover the latest trends in green building, such as CALGreen building code updates, net zero energy, on-site water re-use and public health. The conference is designed for those involved in construction, engineering, architecture, city planning and LEED management.

“California’s built environment is one of the most sustainable in the country and provides the leading example of how states can implement policies that not only protect the environment, but also stimulate economic growth,” said Brenden McEneaney, pacific regional director, USGBC. “GreenerBuilder 2017 is the best opportunity for green leaders in the region to share best practices, learn about innovative trends in the market and enhance their own services.”

Specific presentations include:

  • Dirty Water: Solving Onsite Water Reuse – What questions should we be asking of local agency officials, especially where onsite water reuse hasn’t been done before? This panel will look at the broader policy context for onsite water reuse, introduce new resources guiding implementation and review case studies in this emerging field.
  • The Future of Building Codes – California has led the nation in adopting the broadest and farthest reaching green code in existence, but what comes next? This panel will look at the evolution of CALGreen, its connection to LEED and the important role that green codes play in the current political climate.
  • Realizing Value with Mass Timber: Tall Wood Buildings for High Performance Design – This session explores the potential for tall wood buildings to impact high performing buildings, quality of space, and broad environmental goals. Developers will answer questions around market awareness, market opportunity and market value.

To register for the conference and to view a detailed conference schedule, visit greenerbuilder.org.