As you may know, two weeks from now, thousands of professionals involved in the green building industry will swarm into Chicago for Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. The show officially takes over McCormick Place from Nov. 17-19, with many opportunities to explore the latest product innovations, discuss pressing green building concerns and issues with colleagues, and visit some of the local landmarks and recent green projects. Chances are that you’ve had these dates marked on your calendar for months—I know I have. Greenbuild is a wealth of opportunity to learn but that’s also the biggest challenge of attending the show: So much to see and to do in a short time span. For example, last year the show offered more than 1,700 exhibitor booths to visit, not to mention a wealth of continuing education sessions, local tours, and intriguing keynote speakers.

To help get you prepared to tackle this year’s exhibit hall and get you into a product frame of mind, ECO-STRUCTURE and ARCHITECT have just published the Fall 2010 Product Spec Guide, which is dedicated to green building products introduced to the market since the conclusion of Greenbuild 2009 in Phoenix. Available now online, we’ve got nearly 100 green building products divided up among six categories: Envelope, Interiors, Lighting, Materials, Outdoor, and Systems. Take a look; Perhaps it will give you a heads-up on some must-see booths.

Also included in the Spec Guide is a timely piece examining the continued arguments surrounding how the LEED rating systems award points for use of certified wood. Since 2000, LEED has only recognized certification from the Forest Stewardship Council in allocating sustainable wood points, to the growing discontent of other organizations such as the Sustainable Forest Initiative. In our piece, "Into the Woods," ARCHITECT magazine contributing editor Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson takes a broad look at the main points of contention and the arguments on both sides of the equation. Read up and stay tuned: On Oct. 25, the USGBC began collecting votes on proposed changes to the program and results will be announced shortly after balloting closes on Nov. 23. However, not all USGBC members will be voting on this. As ProSales, a sister publication from our publisher Hanley Wood, reported on Oct. 20, votes will be cast by a consensus group of USGBC members who opted in to the group over the summer.

What are you planning to see and do during your time in Chicago? Keep us updated on the best (and worst) things you see via our social media outlets: Drop us a line on ECO-STRUCTURE’s Facebook wall or tweet us a tip via Twitter at @ecostructure.