Although not really a convention-type person, I must say that Greenbuild 2008 was quite enjoyable. By official count, it appears that 29,752 people attended, which is absolutely phenomenal. There’s seriously something, I don’t know, magical, for lack of a better word, about being surrounded by such diverse people with a similar interest in green building. I spent the entire time talking with and learning from those around me — which is why I certainly plan to attend next year. If you weren’t able to attend, you’ll be able to catch some videos on Greenbuild365 in the future. In the mean time, I’ve listed a few news tidbits that you may find interesting:
- LEED 2009 passes member ballot* and will be introduced in 2009 as the next step in the evolution of LEED as it relates to commercial buildings.
- The LEED AP Program undergoes major overhaul and the GBCI talks about LEED Green Associates, Legacy LEED APs, LEED AP Fellows, and the other family of LEED APs (ID+C, BD+C, Homes, O+M, and ND).
- Janine Benyus and Autodesk launch the world’s first database of nature-inspired design strategies at AskNature.org.
- BuildingGreen soft launches a new online information resource on residential green building and remodeling called GreenBuildingAdvisor.com.
- Green Outlook 2009: Trends Driving Change report estimates that green building construction upstarts could triple by 2013, reaching $96 – $140 billion per year.
- The USGBC gives 2008 Leadership Awards* to Alexander Karsner, Alex Wilson, Scot Horst, Ted Strickland, CB Richard Ellis, San Diego Gas & Electric Sustainable Communities Program, and the founding members of AIA COTE.
- BuildingGreen announces their seventh annual list of green building products with the 2008 Top-10 Green Building Products.
- The USGBC and Enterprise Community Partners team up for carbon neutrality at Greenbuild* by providing green homes for low-income families.
- LEED for Neighborhood Development* and LEED for Retail* both open up for public comment.
- The USGBC announces that Greenbuild 2009 will take place in Phoenix, Arizona and the theme is Main Street Green: Connect to the Conversation.
Links with * are PDFs and I wasn’t able to locate a non-PDF url to link to.