When I was working in Portland OR a few years ago I was asked to speak at the US Green Building Council’s Greenbuild Conference. At the time, their LEED for Homes program was just getting into the pilot phase and I was speaking on High Performance Green Homes. It’s only been the last year that they’ve been rating residential homes through their LEED program, previously they were doing only commercial buildings. Fast forward a few years, and I’m now in Austin TX with one of the nations first green building programs Austin Energy Green Building. I’ve rated three homes in their top category of 5 Star and I really think this is the best program for our Austin climate.
As of 2009, the NAHB has their own standards for green building and they are doing a top notch conference in Dallas this year. So, we have three programs for our clients to consider rating their homes as certified “green”. I’ll get back to you on my thoughts about the NAHB green building programs rating system. In the meantime, here’s the real reason for my post.
I was asked to speak at the NAHB Green by an architect in Denver that I know. Our presentation is:
Location, Location, Location: A green solution that is more important than ever
Choosing the right location for your new project is more important than ever. Traditional suburban developments are no longer a slam dunk because most buyers want to be close to where they work and play. This program will show builders and developers how to retool their once successful suburban formula into a smaller urban infill or grayfield program that is more sustainable.
Speakers: John Guilliams, KEPHART; Bill Kreager, Mithun Partners, Matt Risinger, Risinger Homes
I hope you can come, it should be a good conference! -Matt Risinger