According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA) 2008 Annual Energy Outlook, buildings in the U.S. consume 40% of all energy, 72% of all electricity generated and account for 38% of all CO2 emissions. The CO2 output from buildings is more than the transportation sector. The interest in sustainable buildings and “green” design has grown out of the demand from businesses, communities and individuals to find efficiencies in energy, water and materials use and to improve the quality of our workplaces, schools and homes. A look into sustainable buildings will be offered through the Business of Energy Series, sponsored by Directed Energy, a NYSERDA funded program at UB, UB School of Architecture & Planning and Buffalo Niagara Enterprise.
The conference is an all day event at the Buffalo Niagara Marriott on November 17, 2011 from 8:30am to 4:30 pm. The agenda includes case studies of unique and noteworthy sustainable buildings, highlighting the Bank of America Building in New York, the first LEED Platinum skyscraper in the world; Stratus Vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, the first LEED certified vineyard in the world; and the Ecology & Environment Building in Lancaster, a LEED Platinum building built before the LEED system was created.
To learn more about the Business of Energy Series and register for this event, please visit the Directed Energy website here . Registration for the Sustainable Buildings Conference includes a pre-conference reception the night before at the Darwin Martin House at 6:00pm.
To learn more about LEED certification and the positive impacts sustainable buildings have in our communities and on our environment, please visit the U.S. Green Building Council’s website .
Lorrie Abounader, Business Development Manager