Green Building Enthusiasts Descend on The Big Easy

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Green build imageWhat did architects, engineers and manufacturers all have in common last week? They flocked to New Orleans to attend the 2014 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. The Griffin & Company team was there, too, both to represent our clients in the industry and as green building enthusiasts ourselves.

Greenbuild is the world’s largest gathering of building and construction professionals dedicated to implementing the best practices in sustainable development. Here’s what we mean by largest: For three days, more than 30,000 attendees explored energy-efficient, eco-friendly products and technology from 750+ suppliers and manufacturers. The seemingly endless rows of booths on the exhibition floor showcased everything from coatings and controls to HVAC and water systems. When not on the expo floor, attendees sat in on any of 120 educational sessions and explored the first-ever Net Zero Zone, an exhibition space powered entirely by on-site alternate energy generation.

Conference attendees experienced sustainability in every detail imaginable. Each event item distributed was printed on 100 percent recycled content paper and with vegetable-based inks. Expo staff even provided attendees with a shoe-check to encourage walking to and from the conference; this thoughtful offering gave attendees a place to store sneakers so they could comfortably commute and then stroll the conference floor in heels or loafers.

It is no surprise to Griffin that Greenbuild has become the monumental event it is. Green building is immensely popular now, with McGraw-Hill Construction estimating that 40 to 48 percent of new commercial construction will be green by 2015. We look forward to our continued part in this important industry.

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