Along with resiliency, material transparency and information exchange continue to be strong themes in this year’s show. Ed Mazria, Architecture 2030 founder and CEO, publicly launched the 2030 Palette, a free, online resource for showcasing sustainable design principles and case studies. U.S. Green Building Council senior vice president of LEED Scot Horst debuted the LEED Dynamic Plaque. To reflect the ever-changing conditions of buildings, and in particularly those that have earned LEED certification, the plaque is an electronic display of ongoing performance in five sustainability metrics: human experience, transportation, waste, water, and energy. Presented as a numerical score, the display allows owners to compare their building’s performance with that of peer buildings, and to gauge their building’s past or projected performance with its actual operation.
A walk on Greenbuild’s Expo floor revealed a number of products that demonstrate manufacturing innovation. Sustainability has come a long way from the days when a modicum of recycled content meant products could be touted as green.
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