Nanotech 2010

New Clean Technologies for Green Building

George Elvin

George Elvin

Director
Green Technology Forum

Green building is one of the most urgent environmental issues of our time. Buildings produce 40 percent of our carbon emissions, 40 percent of our solid waste, and consume 40 percent of our energy. Now, they’re also leading the effort to save the planet.

Green building, which encompasses efforts to reduce waste, toxicity, and energy and resource consumption in buildings, now accounts for $12 billion of the $142 billion U.S. construction market. And it’s growing exponentially as the federal government and major cities like Chicago and Seattle join private owners in requiring new buildings to meet stringent sustainability benchmarks like the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) criteria. To meet this surge in demand, architects are employing not only proven clean technologies like wind and solar power, but new ones emerging from nanotechnology and biotechnology. The convergence of green building and clean technology is creating not only significant improvements in human and environmental health, but major economic opportunities as well.

Join Dr. George Elvin, Director of Green Technology Forum and author of “Nanotechnology for Green Building,” for a full day exploring new clean technologies for green building. The day’s events include an introduction to green building principles, insights into dozens of new clean technologies for green building, a tour of a Boston green building, a practitioner’s perspective from a leading Boston green architect, a question and answer session, and networking breaks. You’ll learn about new green building technologies including insulating nanocoatings and aerogels, self-cleaning and depolluting materials, organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) and quantum dot lighting, organic thin-film solar cell technologies, and more. You’ll get the inside story on how the building industry is leading the fight against global climate change, advancing sustainable development and energy conservation, and becoming a leading market for new clean technologies.

Chairing the symposium on Green Building & Construction.

Teaching the New Clean Technologies for Green Building course.

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