Annual Greenbuild Expo Held Last Week

In Boston last week, the U.S. Green Building Council held their annual Greenbuild Expo exposing almost 30,000 people to the latest green-building technologies and materials.  People at the show were impressed to see the high number of attendees.  At the show, with the environment in mind, there were a number of products designed such as sustainably harvested wood, drywall made from recycled material, and kitchen counters made of recycled paper. 

The U.S. Green Building Council passed a draft for an updated LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) green-building certification for commercial buildings.  Meanwhile, new LEED certifications for retail stores and neighborhood development are now available for public comment.  

There are certainly more and more options for energy-efficient appliances and products made with recycled materials than just a few years ago, however green-building practices are still far from commonplace.  Someone constructing a new building or retrofitting an existing one will need to make an extra effort to go “green.”

Last week, Clean-tech investing firm Good Energies weighed in on the green-building debate by publishing a study concluding that the premium people pay for a green building is smaller than commonly perceived.

The study found that people pay on average 2 percent more for green buildings and that there are a range of benefits, including an average of 33 percent energy savings and health benefits to people.  To see the study click here for PDF. 

CBS Interactive recently opened a new Boston office and is applying for LEED certification.  According to the general contractor, one of the hidden costs is simply delays that occur when contractors haven’t already bought from green-building suppliers.



2 Responses to “Annual Greenbuild Expo Held Last Week”

  1. 1 Business Entrepreneur December 4, 2008 at 1:05 am

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  2. 2 Tim Reynolds December 7, 2008 at 6:51 pm

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