1 day conference, trade show & networking event to advance design, construction, & operation of greener buildings in Atlantic Canada. A day of innovation and inspiration - take a look at what's happening with green building in the east - how far we've come & what's next.
Build Green Atlantic - it could just as easily be a rallying cry as the name of a hugely popular conference, trade show and networking event.
Organizers of this one-day event are confident they have a schedule of varied and valuable information for anyone interested in building - no matter the size of the project. From living walls and green roofs to houses that produce as much energy as they use, conference presenters won't be dealing with theoretical examples - they'll explore real results achieved by builders in our region and beyond.
Attendence at last year's event exceeded expectations by more than 50% and conference co-chair Jim Farrell says that "with the impressive list of speakers and trade show participants, I expect the participant satisfaction will exceed last year's success."
Co-Chair Jennifer MacNeil echoes that. "There have been many conferences on the environment recently but we are very focused on the role of buildings in a sustainable future for Atlantic Canada." She adds that this year will see more information on products and incentive programs for homes. "This is probably the biggest wave currently seen in the green building industry."
Although new construction sometimes steals the spotlight, one of the most anticipated advancements this year is the introduction of LEED for Existing Buildings. Carolyn Haddock, Chair of the CaGBC Atlantic Chapter, points out "Given the significant amount of building stock in Nova Scotia constructed 20 to 30 years ago, an operational performance rating system for existing buildings has the potential to dramatically reduce the Province's environmental impact. "
Once again this year the trade show features green building materials, technologies and services available right here in Atlantic Canada.
Proceeds from the 2008 event will provide bursaries to five students in the NSCC Trades and Technology program, something MacNeil hopes to be able to do again this year. "We are committed to funding these bursaries from BuildGreenAtlantic profits. We thank our sponsors who stepped up with more support than last year despite the difficult economy"
Build Green Atlantic will be held at the NSCC Waterfront Campus on Friday May 15th. It is presented by The Atlantic Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council in partnership with the Nova Scotia Community College. To register: www.buildgreenatlantic.org.