Energy-saving building exhibition opens in Arizona

An event billed as the world's largest exhibition of green building technology gets underway in Phoenix today (November 11th).

Hosted by the US Green Building Council, Greenbuild will bring more than 20,000 representatives from the construction and energy-saving industries to Arizona.

The exhibition floor is set to feature over 1,800 booths, while there will also be executive roundtable discussions in which leading corporate, higher education and non-profit figures will speak about energy-saving building issues.

Commenting on the efforts of the Green Building Council in promoting sustainable construction standards, the Arizona Republic states that LEED certification is now viewed by many experts as "the way of the future for all buildings".

However, the newspaper also notes that although LEED has been embraced by the state's government buildings and major businesses seeking a "flagship property" with green credentials, uptake remains slow elsewhere.

"LEED certification is practically non-existent in the bulk of Arizona's commercial real estate," the publication states.

However, the Green Building Council hopes that this week's event will help to change attitudes to energy-saving initiatives.

"This year's Greenbuild will offer more opportunities than ever for attendees to literally connect to the conversation," said Kimberly Lewis, the council's vice-president of conferences and events.

Published by Matt Westwood

Wednesday 11th November 2009

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