The U.S. Green Building Council to Present LEED Workshops at Ecobuild America

LEED: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design attracts USGBC members to new industry forum

Exton, Pa (PRWEB) April 18, 2005 -- U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announces the availability of four workshops at SBIC's Ecobuild America, a new cutting-edge technology show, June 20 – 23, in Orlando, Florida.

USGBC’s four workshops will be held on June 20 and focus on:
LEED for New Construction
One-day session for building owners, facility managers, design teams and any building industry stakeholder interested in projects that provide high performance "green" techniques in an environmentally sensitive and economical package.
• Technical requirements of the LEED Green Building Rating System for New Construction & Major Renovations (LEED-NC)
• Preparing for the LEED Accreditation exam
• Understanding how LEED is being used in green project design nationally
• Finding resources available for pursuing LEED projects
• Reviewing the LEED Green Building Rating System credit-by-credit.

Applying LEED for New Construction in Practice
One-day workshop on applying the LEED-NC Rating System process to specific project types. This lecture/hands-on style workshop will prepare design and construction professionals for pursuing LEED project certification by building on their knowledge of the LEED Rating System criteria, tools and resources.
• LEED in the context of integrated design
• Green and sustainable design resources that help your project achieve LEED certification
• "How to" session with a focus on particularly difficult credit
• LEED documentation process.

LEED for Existing Building: Technical Review
One-day session for building owners, facility managers and design teams will cover the technical requirements and processes for achieving certification under the LEED for Existing Buildings Rating System
• Strategies to advance existing buildings to a sustainable level of operation, upgrade and reduce building operating costs
• Solve building operation problems
• Improve indoor environment
• Support higher productivity of building occupants.

LEED for Commercial Interiors: Technical Review
One-day training session for building tenants and designers will provide an in-depth discussion of the LEED for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI) credit requirements and certification process.
• Basic training principles of sustainability related to tenant improvement projects
• Present the definitive standard for what constitutes a green interior
• Technologies and strategies for achieving the LEED credits to optimize performance of leased spaces.

Comments Ecobuild Conference Director Mark Kalin FAIA, FCSI, and a USGBC LEED accredited professional, “The addition of the LEED sessions on our opening day will be a great way to kick off the event. As the week progresses, we expect many professional who participate in the LEED workshops to benefit from the many diverse course offerings on our program, perhaps the largest array of green construction and sustainable design courses ever assembled in a single place. The quality of the speakers, the depth of the presentations and the involvement of the entire design and project team, including architects, engineers, contractors, specifiers, developers, product manufacturers, code officials and facilities owners/managers is what sets Ecobuild America apart from other green building events.”

Tom Paladino, PE, Associate AIA, LEED AP and USGBC Board Member will be delivering the kick-off keynote address, “The Future of Green Building: Solving Positive Problems”. Additionally, all the Florida chapters of USGBC will be actively providing promotional help, speakers, exhibiting their member services and volunteering staff help for a successful event.

Focused on the needs of the expanding sustainable design and green construction market, SBIC's Ecobuild America combines sustainable building techniques with the technology that supports ‘whole building’ approach to sustainability, through design, construction and long-term operation. The exhibition portion of Ecobuild America will features products that serve the entire scope of designing, constructing and operating buildings for better energy and environmental performance. The educational sessions will explore innovations in green building materials, energy and technology, with particular emphasis on sustainable growth, green construction, and environmental design.

SBIC's Ecobuild America is produced by RCG Productions LLC, Exton, Pa. The show and conference premieres June 20-23, 2005 at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Dates and locations have been secured for subsequent conferences through 2010, including Ecobuild Federal, occurring in Washington, DC December 13-16, 2005 and Ecobuild America 2006 to be held at Chicago’s Navy Pier on June 27-29, 2006. .

For information about exhibiting, presenting at, or attending Ecobuild America related events, call 1-800-996-3863, fax 1-508-790-4750 or visit ;                  

About RCG Productions LLC
RCG Productions LLC (Exton, Pa.) produces Ecobuild America, AEC-ST, the National Specifiers Conference, FM/IT and the AEC/GIS IT Analyst Conference. RCG principals, George Borkovich, Richard C. Vendola, Jr., and Chris Gibson have a depth of experience in technology and event planning, including the former A/E/C SYSTEMS International conference and exhibition. The annual event produced the world's largest CAD, GIS, and EDM productivity forums and attracted 25,000 attendees and exhibitors in more than 1,400 booths. A fall event drew 6000 professionals to a 400-booth exhibit and nine licensed events operated internationally. In 1997 the property and licenses were sold to Penton Media.

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About the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC)
SBIC teaches, values, and advocates a balanced, holistic approach to designing new buildings. Many terms are used to describe improved buildings, such as "green," "sustainable," "high performance," and "environmentally responsive." SBIC is mindful these ideas must be kept in context with other equally important design objectives, such as aesthetics, accessibility, cost effectiveness, flexibility, high productivity, and security. SBIC members believe all sustainable buildings must be low-energy, climate-responsive, use minimal fossil fuels and cleaner, renewable energy. Working in close partnership with federal agencies, policy makers, and national laboratories, the council has led the way in defining a coherent "whole building" approach to new building design.

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