Andersen recently attended the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, held in conjunction with the Architecture Boston Expo (ABX) November 8-10. The event drew more than 15,000 people to the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.
The theme of this year’s conference was, “We are all in.” Andersen certainly showed its support in helping to lead the transformation in building science and the green building revolution.
Andersen has attended Greenbuild every year since 2001, and our team always looks forward to both learning from other industry leaders and showcasing how Andersen is helping to advance key green building trends within our own products and operations.
Using a series of displays, our 2017 Greenbuild exhibit highlighted how our green products and practices redefine the boundaries of traditional building paradigms, including indoor/outdoor living and sustainable historic renovation projects. The booth featured numerous case studies from our expanded portfolio, such as the Watchcase Factory, in Sag Harbor, New York, and a Net Zero home, in Roseville, Minnesota.
Andersen Director of Sustainability and Environmental Eliza Clark and team moderated two 90-minute education sessions, “Overcoming Obstacles for Net Zero Buildings in Unique Applications,” at the show’s Net Zero Applied Learning Zone.
Twin Cities architect Marc Sloot, of Sala Architects, shared how a combination of solar power, energy efficiency, ENERGY STAR® certified Andersen® windows and green building design resulted in net-zero performance for two Minnesota homes. This presentation was followed by a short video which demonstrated how both homes, including a 107-year-old Victorian remodel, now produce as much energy as they consume, sometimes even more than they use.
Will Ives, an associate principal at Hennebery Eddy Architects in Portland, Oregon, also presented a net positive case study focusing on the Yellowstone Youth Conservation Campus, a 10-building project at Yellowstone National Park in Mammoth, Wyoming. This project is slated for construction in 2018 and is being designed to achieve the stringent Living Building Challenge certification.
Overall, Greenbuild 2017 was a success. “This year’s Greenbuild show gave us the opportunity to showcase the many ways we are helping lead the industry toward healthy, resilient, net zero buildings.” said Eliza. “We’re proud to be a longstanding member of Greenbuild nation!”