The 2016 Greenbuild Conference and Expo, which will run from Oct 5 to 7 in Los Angeles, Calif., will feature expanded education on the residential green building market.
Homes represent a critical piece of the buildings industry: not only are they the structures in which we spend a majority of our time, they’re also a sizable and valuable segment of the industry as a whole.
Consider some facts:
- Home buyers expect newer homes to be greener and more energy-efficient.
- Builders expect more than 60 percent of homes built to be green by 2020.
- Green homes are healthy homes—83 percent of homebuilders and remodelers believe consumers will pay more for healthier homes.
- Home appraisers are recognizing a greater value in green homes.
And this year, Greenbuild has expanded the offerings designed specifically for those in the residential building and construction community:
- Residential Track featuring educational sessions on single and multifamily buildings
- Residential Day: 12+ residential sessions offered on Thursday, October 6
- Dedicated residential product pavilion in the Expo Hall
- Concept Home built on show floor by KB Home
- Expanded partnerships with leading organizations in the residential building community
LEED for Homes
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) provides third-party verification of the features and effectiveness of green buildings and was originally created as a green building rating system for commercial projects. Recognizing the market readiness and need for a similar certification program for residential buildings, USGBC launched the LEED for Homes program in 2008. The residential LEED rating system is a specialized program that addresses the specific needs of residential projects built to be efficient and sustainable, because every LEED-certified home is a healthy, resource-efficient and cost-effective place to live.
LEED homes are built to be healthy, providing clean indoor air and incorporating safe building materials to ensure a comfortable home. Using less energy and water means lower utility bills each month. And in many markets, certified green homes are now selling quicker and for more money than comparable non-green homes.
Greenbuild, the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building, features three groundbreaking days of inspiring speakers, invaluable networking opportunities, industry showcases, LEED workshops and tours of the host city's green buildings. For the last 14 years, the ideals and passion of the green building community have come alive at Greenbuild. Join the thousands in the green building community this October who agree that green building is not only good for the environment but also good for business.