Greenbuild is always a great time to meet up with clients, peers and industry leaders while learning about the latest developments in LEED certification, product manufacturing and performance standards. I went to Greenbuild to do all of those things, but also to speak on a panel about the District of Columbia’s adoption of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC). My fellow panelists were Fulya Kocak, director of sustainability at Clark Construction, and Dave Epley, green building and sustainability coordinator for the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA).
Greenbuild 2012, the world’s largest green building conference, is coming to San Francisco Nov. 14-16.
This year’s social media focus brings together technology and sustainability to advance the green movement. You can follow HOK’s activities on Twitter at @HOKNetwork. Be sure to also check out Greenbuild’s official Twitter feed – @Greenbuild – and conversation at #Greenbuild.
HOK’s sustainable design experts will be busy at Greenbuild, speaking at the conference and other related events. Read more below and visit the Greenbuild website to learn more about the conference and expo.
Greenbuild is finally making its way to San Francisco this November – and those of us in the Bay Area are pretty excited. The conference theme is aptly “@ Greenbuild,” referencing the astounding array of Internet, social media and technology companies headquartered here in the Bay Area. We also have our host of gaming companies, many of whom tap into social networks; gamejobhunter lists over 120 companies nearby, from tiny start-ups to titans like EA and Zynga.
San Francisco has long been one of the world’s great tourist attractions, and this year it will have a great new set of offerings: 20+ tours developed for the Greenbuild Conference and Expo, plus many more that the USGBC Northern California Chapter will be able to offer in the future. The Greenbuild Host Committee recently put out a call for tour proposals – the outpouring of responses showed the embarrassment of riches that San Francisco has to offer for green building …
Greenbuild, the international green building conference and expo hosted annually by the US Green Building Council, will finally make its way to San Francisco this November. Greenbuild has been drawing 20,000-30,000 people for the last few years, and we expect that San Francisco will be the largest ever – depending on who you listen to, there may be upwards of 45,000 people. (Yikes!)
The conference theme this year is “@Greenbuild”, making reference to the mindboggling array of internet and technology companies headquartered in the Bay Area. The …
Alright, alright, this was not a full scale blockbuster style alien invasion. Even better, it was the USGBC’s Greenbuild Conference 2011. And those little green people? They were 25,000 representatives of the sustainable community from around the world, including over two dozen of our own HOKers. Now, you might be asking yourselves, “But Brett, how can the UNITED STATES Green Building Council hold its national annual conference outside the US?” Well, it’s simple, the USGBC has embraced the notion that the sustainable revolution is not just here in the US, but a global movement. This international event, from October 3-7, was a showcase of avant-guard industry thinking, innovative new sustainable products …
HOK is the USGBC’s official design partner for Project Haiti, a pro bono effort to build a LEED-certified orphanage and children’s center in Port au Prince. Sustainable Design Director Mary Ann Lazarus and a team from HOK recently returned from Toronto, where they shared the Project Haiti story at Greenbuild 2011. Read on for Mary Ann’s guest post and an amazing video from the USGBC:
“Imagine it: 15,000 people in the Air Canada Hockey arena, lights flashing, music playing, Jumbotrons running. Cue USGBC CEO Rick Fedrizzi for the introduction of the new Project Haiti video. The video features the recent site visit by the USGBC and HOK team members and meeting with the terrific clients, Gina and Lucien Duncan from the children’s center.
When it comes time for Greenbuild each fall, host cities go at great lengths to showcase their most recent, cutting edge, and sustainably designed buildings sprouting up around the city. In the case of Toronto, you would be mistaken to look for “new” buildings to highlight the city’s green buildings stock. Here, sustainable design begins by looking backwards.
Over the past decade, the city of Toronto has worked tirelessly to repurpose its abandoned building stock. Settled along Lake Ontario, Toronto had long been criticized for disconnecting the city’s residents from the water front, giving priority to shipping and industry. As the level of productivity for those services reduced at the end of …
At the opening charrette for Project Haiti, we asked a few of the designers about the challenges they anticipated for this unique project. Their responses covered everything from technology to materials to cultural considerations. See more:
It’s fitting that the start of Greenbuild 2011 is taking place on the birthday of Mary Ann Lazarus, HOK’s director of sustainable design and very own Mother Earth. If you’re in Toronto, stop by HOK’s booth (#1430N) to sign her giant card and learn about the current pro bono effort she is championing: Project Haiti. Mary Ann just arrived in Toronto from Japan, where she was serving as a delegate for the AIA at UIA 2011. Tomorrow at 8:30 a.m., she will be part of a panel (RD12) presenting on market-rate net zero emissions design. Happy birthday, Mary Ann…and get some rest!
HOK is the USGBC’s official design partner for Project Haiti, a pro bono effort to build a LEED-certified orphanage and children’s center in Port au Prince. The original structure was severely damaged in the January 2010 earthquake that caused mass destruction throughout the country. (Read the first post in this series here.)
When you’re used to seeing colleagues in work attire, it’s strange to see them on a weekend. But there we were – a conference room full of people in shorts and jeans, spending a summer Saturday volunteering for an extraordinary project: rebuilding an orphanage and children’s center in Haiti.
The design process began on June 25, when 14 HOK designers and one USGBC representative met in St. Louis, …
Mara Baum, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, came to HOK’s St. Louis office in 1999 as a young college graduate wary about joining a large architectural firm. After three years working on lab projects as an original member of HOK’s Science + Technology group and contributing to the first edition of The HOK Guidebook to Sustainable Design, her perception changed.
“I learned that you can’t put labels on an organization as large and diverse as HOK,” she says. “When you are working on projects, you are working with individuals and small teams. It wasn’t the ‘studio-industrial complex’ I had imagined. The resources and opportunities here are phenomenal.”
Greenbuild 2011, the world’s largest green building conference, is less than a month away: October 4-7 in Toronto. Since Greenbuild began in 2002, attendance has grown from 4,000 to the nearly 30,000 people expected to assemble in Toronto in 2011. This year’s theme explores “What’s NEXT?” for green buildings and the growing green economy. Watch a preview here.
There’s lots of HOK activity at Greenbuild to tell you about – and even a big surprise that we can’t mention quite yet. But stay tuned! Sept. 21 update: We can now reveal that HOK is the USGBC’s design partner for Project Haiti, which is helping to rebuild an orphanage in Port …
As always, Greenbuild is the one time of year when firmwide sustainable design leaders get together to discuss projects, best practices and to learn about what’s new from each other and the industry. In addition to learning, HOK presented at two sessions including Colin Rohlfing’s and Bill Odell’s amazing presentation on KAUST as well as Barb Ciesla’s moderation of a panel discussion on occupant and employee engagement. I’m not allowed to show you the pictures from all the afterhours parties (my colleagues protest) but I can share some of the pix from the week’s conference activities!
We’ve begun using this phrase around the office lately to describe a design philosophy that moves beyond “just sustainability” to one that equally considers environmental, social and economic systems and, like nature, generates resources for a community.
At this year’s Greenbuild conference in Chicago, we will present our prototype Net Zero Emissions building and invite you to the discussion on how it can move to “net positive” - visit our booth (#1122) and share your ideas on how we can all go from “business as usual” to “sustainable” to “net positive!”
By the way, the team’s “123ZeroBuild“ iPhone app is now available for download at the iTunes App Store. The …
Here’s another chapter in our ongoing 5 questions series with the women of HOK. Meet Barb Ciesla, Sustainable Design Leader and Vice President in Toronto. Barb has been with HOK almost six years now and we are glad to have her. She is a Scorpio and true to her zodiacal sign, she is “one intense little creature.” Barb is as smart as they come and won’t back down, especially when it comes to sustainability. Read more and you’ll see why.
Q: Why is sustainable design so important to you? – I got to a point in my design career where, although I was loving what I was doing, I didn’t …
HOK’s chairman and most vocal sustainable design advocate is blogging Greenbuild 2009 for Contract magazine.
In his first post for Contract, Bill reflects on his journey to Phoenix, writes about seeing the automated people mover designed by HOK being constructed at the Phoenix airport and describes taking the light rail train to his hotel.
In his next post, Bill gets excited about a new LED downlight from the expo and zeroes in on zero carbon and building retrofits as the big themes for Day 1…and much more.
HOK is turning the tables at Greenbuild ’09. Instead of adorning our booth with OUR story, we’re creating a platform for telling YOURS. That’s right, it’s Open Mic Night at next week’s big conference and expo in Phoenix.
During the show, we will be inviting individuals to share their Green Aha!, the moment they first realized the importance of living and/or working “green.”
We will broadcast those inspiring tales at our booth, as well as uploading them to a YouTube Channel so others can share the experience. The most profound Aha! moments will win a free signed copy of The Green Workplace.
For my first post on our blog, I’ll start with a question of inspiration: Does it get better than GreenBuild?
When you are a sustainable design professional, in the realm of all the conferences you could attend throughout the year, probably not.
Each year we gather in a different great city (now tens of thousands strong). We go to meet, greet, say hello again, share our work and pontificate the potential of our impact on this industry (or should I say these industries – we touch hundreds both directly and indirectly). Two weeks ago I was packing my bags in preparation for
I know. I promised to try and frequently blog and post pictures from Greenbuild. I failed. Not for lack of effort. More like lack of time. Maybe next year.
As I look back on this trip, the most amazing thing about this event is the people – a people inspired by change. Everyone is cordial, welcoming and friendly. Everyone’s looking for answers to the growing questions surrounding sustainable design. Many answers are provided.
With my first trip to Greenbuild in the books, I’d like to walk you through it from my perspective as an exhibitor and not an attendee.
Monday, November 17, 2008
6:20 am – Flight leaves for Boston via DC. Much coffee needed.
11:15 am – Flight lands in Boston. Tim Gaidis and …
On the final day of Greenbuild in Boston, I took a tour of the Boston Freedom Trail, which retraces the important historic sites in Boston, most of which played a large part in the American Revolution. One of the Fathers of the Revolution, Samuel Adams, has a quote that strongly resonates today in the times of turmoil that our nation is currently facing.
“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds”
Our country is at war, our economy is failing and the threat posed by global warming is growing every day. Although we were 30,000 strong …
If you didn’t get a chance to go to Greenbuild in Boston this year, plan to go next year. It was an event full of energy and passion as well as brilliant people, all with a laser-like focus on saving the planet. Really, not a bad way to spend a few days.
I had the great pleasure of moderating a panel there called “Green Blogs and the Built Environment” with four green bloggers, all who spend their days writing about the latest trends in architecture, product design, technology, urban planning and all things green. The panelists, Preston Kroner from Jetson Green, Lloyd Alter from Treehugger, Stephen Del Percio from Green Buildings NYC and Willem Mass from Green Home Guide (recently purchased …
I just wrapped up a long week at GreenBuild, the penultimate green building conference in the U.S., possibly the world. Yes, I am exhausted, but also invigorated. Big props to the USGBC for a superb conference that was extremely well organized, even in the face of about 30,000 attendees. Also, for having the adorable, lovely and giant-hearted Archibishop Desmond Tutu speak at the opening plenary. Often at conferences we get the rockstars with the bigtime resumes and egos to match. Desmond Tutu was a breath of fresh air: he described the audience as ‘the cat’s whiskers’ and echoed the buoyant feeling of the crowd, optimistic about the future of green under a new U.S. Administration (shout out to Obama). …
Sitting in Boston for Greenbuild, I can’t help but think about all things sustainability-related.
This whole week, as I take in my first Greenbuild experience working the HOK booth, I’m going to try and blog, facebook, twitter, etc. from here. There’ll be pictures, videos, and my thoughts. Hopefully it will give you an inside look at Greenbuild.
This afternoon, more than 30 HOKers from numerous locations will meet to discuss sustainability issues on a firmwide basis and how to plan for the future at HOK Day. We’ll talk about sustainability in terms of design, people and our practices.