Clean Technology 2009

New Clean Technologies for Green Building

Sunday May 3, 2009, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm, Houston, Texas


Green building is one of the most urgent environmental issues of our time. Buildings produce 40 percent of our carbon emissions, 40 percent of our solid waste, and consume 40 percent of our energy. Now, they're also leading the effort to save the planet.

Green building, which encompasses efforts to reduce waste, toxicity, and energy and resource consumption in buildings, now accounts for $12 billion of the $142 billion U.S. construction market. And it's growing exponentially as the federal government and major cities like Chicago and Seattle join private owners in requiring new buildings to meet stringent sustainability benchmarks like the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) criteria. To meet this surge in demand, architects are employing not only proven clean technologies like wind and solar power, but new ones emerging from nanotechnology and biotechnology. The convergence of green building and clean technology is creating not only significant improvements in human and environmental health, but major economic opportunities as well.

This course will include an introduction to green building principles, insights into dozens of new clean technologies for green building, a practitioner's perspective from a leading green architect, a question and answer session, and networking breaks. You'll learn about new green building technologies including insulating nanocoatings and aerogels, self-cleaning and depolluting materials, organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) and quantum dot lighting, organic thin-film solar cell technologies, and more. You'll get the inside story on how the building industry is leading the fight against global climate change, advancing sustainable development and energy conservation, and becoming a leading market for new clean technologies.

Who should attend?

This introductory level course is for business executives, engineers, marketers, students, manufacturers and others with a general interest in green building and clean technologies for the $4 trillion dollar global building industry. It is intended as an introduction to the principles and, especially, the technologies of green building including solar, insulation, materials, water and other emerging technologies including nanotechnology and biotechnology that are paving the way to tomorrow’s super-sustainable carbon neutral and zero energy buildings.


George Elvin Dr. George Elvin is the director of Green Technology Forum, a leading design, research and advising firm focusing on emerging technologies for green building. He is also an associate professor at Ball State University, and his books and articles have been published by Wiley, Princeton Architectural Press, the American Institute of Architects, and the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is a former Visiting Fellow at the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and the Center for Energy Research, Education and Service.

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