Greenbuild Chicago 2010

Greenbuild 2010

The Greenbuild International Conference and Expo– taking place November 16-19, 2010–is the world’s largest expo dedicated to green building. Each year thousands of building professionals from all over the world come together for a  few days to take part in networking events, green building tours, educational sessions, listen to renowned speakers and to see all the latest innovations in eco-friendly building products. This year’s event will be returning to Chicago, IL at the McCormick Place Convention Center, the site of Greenbuild 2007. Chicago is a fitting location for such an event as the city is home to more LEED-certified buildings than any other and has shown a true commitment to a greener future.

If you plan on attending the event this year we’d like to give you a heads up on a few products you’ll want to keep an eye out for and a couple events worth checking out.

Caroma USA  – Booth #1601
Caroma is among the world leaders in quality and innovative eco-friendly bathroom products. In 1982, Caroma revolutionized water conservation by introducing the first dual flush toilet system. This year they will be displaying a collection of products that are sure to continue their tradition of innovative water conserving bath products. In addition to the products that will be on display, Caroma will be conducting a fun promotion involving the giving away of iPads, iPods and a variety of other prizes. For details visit Among the products on display will be the Sydney Smart 305 One-Piece Toilet and the Caroma Flow Showerhead.

Caroma Sydney Smart Toilet

Caroma Sydney Smart 305 One-Piece Toilet

Simple in aesthetic, yet advanced in operation, Caroma’s new Sydney Smart 305 1-piece toilets feature their industry leading ultra-low smart dual-flush technology at a 1.28gal/4.8L full flush and 0.8gpf/3L liquid flush.  The Sydney Smart 1-piece is one of the lowest consumption High Efficiency Toilets (HET) in the market with an average flush of .9gpf (3.6L).

High Efficiency Showerhead

Caroma Flow Showerhead

The Caroma Flow high-efficiency showerhead with a nominal flow rate of l.5gpm/5.7L at 80 psi, includes a precision engineered nozzle that pressurizes water to produce a uniform, and soft yet powerful spray of water; maximizing comfort while saving up to 10 gal more water than the standard 2.5gpm showerhead for a 10-minute shower.

Teknion – Booth #2007
Teknion is a leading international designer, manufacturer and marketer of mid- to high-end office systems and related furniture products. Their products range from mobile furniture, architectural wall systems, seating, storage and filing, freestanding casegoods and accessories.Their District furniture system earned the Gold Sustainable Product Award in the annual Ontario Waste Minimization Awards.

Teknion District Furniture System

Teknion District Furniture System

GreenGrid Roofing System – Booth #939
Green roofs have been popular in Europe since the 1970’s but are a more recent development in the green building community in the United States. With soaring energy costs and stormwater management requirements, U.S. builders are turning to green roofs and among the premier green roofing systems is the GreenGrid modular green roof system.

GreenGrid Green Roof

GreenGrid Green Roof

Colin Powell at Greenbuild

General Colin Powell

Opening Keynote Address from General Colin Powell

Since returning to private life, General Colin Powell, USA (Ret.) has shown a dedication to green building and affordable housing. In his childhood neighborhood a LEED Platinum affordable housing building now bears his name. The General Colin L. Powell Apartments in the South Bronx, NY –a cutting-edge 50-unit multifamily project—now exists thanks to a partnership between Habitat for Humanity and Blue Sea Development. General Powell is expected to bring his leadership experience to this year’s opening keynote address and should serve as an inspiration to the entire green building community. The keynote address is scheduled for Wenesday, Nov. 17 from 8:30-10:30 a.m.

USGBC LEED Workshops
The USGBC (United States Green Building Council) will be offering a wide selection of LEED workshops this year taught by highly qualified LEED Education industry experts. All USGBC LEED education programs meet GBCI eligibility requirements for the LEED Green Associate, as well as credential maintenance requirements for the Green Associate and all LEED AP credentials. One workshop being offered this year is the Interior Design + Construction workshop for the aspiring eco-friendly interior designer.

ID+C 301: Implementing the Interior Design + Construction LEED Rating System
November 16, 2010
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Early: Member $375/Non-Member $450
Regular: Member $375/Non-Member $450

Learn how to apply the LEED for Commercial Interiors rating system by walking through the phases of a typical project and the key decisions that project teams must make, including key stakeholder considerations. Engage in interactive, case-based activities to work hands-on with LEED implementation strategies and rating system tools, including LEED Online project forms. Required prior coursework: LEED 201: Core Concepts & Strategies or equivalent knowledge; familiarity with the rating system a must.