Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to sit on a Greenbuild panel with four other respected and popular bloggers: Lloyd Alter of Treehugger, Willem Mass of Green Home Guide, Stephen Del Percio of Green Buildings NYC, and Leigh Stringer of The Green Workplace (moderator). In preparation for the panel, we sent out a survey and the basic results of that survey are embedded above. Click through it, you may see some interesting information. The panel raised several interesting issues, and some of those have been discussed below. I also wanted to clarify my thoughts on things like Twitter and PR because I think my perspective may not have come through adequately. First, let’s check out the interesting survery stats:
Eco-friendly hardware can certainly be a challenge to find, but Eleek Incorporated of Portland, Oregon offers a hip line of recycled metal hardware for your home. Their offerings include door handles, door pulls, switch-plates, house numbers, and signs in addition to unique lighting options and beautiful recycled metal sinks for bath and kitchen.
Why not build a prefab almost entirely out of reclaimed materials? That’s what Reclaimed Space founder Tracen Gardner wants to do. Mr. Gardner was in between contracting jobs and began constructing a portable building using primarily reclaimed materials. In the process, he liked what he was doing so much that he decided to create Reclaimed Space to continue building modular, passively-designed cabins. To start off with, the company will build spaces from 240 square feet and at prices in the range of $115 to $160 psf (min. $25k).
- Blue is the new green.
- Green gap: who’s doing all the green work?
- First carbon neutral zone created in U.S.
- Boston: an old city learns new green tricks.
- Debating the green building premium.
- Smart power grid will create ~$65 B industry.
- Why are green apartments so rare in D.C.?
- Tired of high water bills? Harvest the rain.
- Big box reuse grows as a phenomenon.
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: