Another Greenbuild has come and gone and it was informative and enlightening as always. Located in Chicago this year, it had twice as much floor space as the 2007 event in the same venue. Just goes to show how far we have come in three years. With over 1,000 exhibitors, navigating the floor was quite a task but I and my colleague managed to take it all in. With the obvious focus on energy and water efficiency, much of the expo was devoted to this, but there were still a lot of things to see in the materials department as well. Manufacturers we work with such as Torzo and UltraTouch cotton insulation all had new things to show – Torzo has a new flooring product and UltraTouch unveiled perforated insulation to make it easier to install.
We also took a day to participate in the educational offerings the show has to offer. Presentations on everything from reducing carbon emissions to producing green products to how to make our schools greener are available, with experts in each area to help educate us on things we can do to make our environments – indoor and out - greener and healthier. The over-riding message in all of these courses was that if we as consumers, specifiers, manufacturers, builders, etc., are passionate and educated in our beliefs about sustainable living, and we share that passion with others, we really can change the world.