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We’ve had a tremendous month of confirming speakers for our June 8-9 Sustainable Solutions Conference. Things are speeding up, so I want to give you an update and encourage you to jump on board.

Before I get into content, this audience in particular might want to know who’s sponsoring this debut conference, which we are presenting with Building Intelligence Group. Opportunities are still available, of course, but the roster is filling up. As of this writing, SSC sponsors include Blue Ridge Technologies, Aquatherm, Tridium, Convia, and Multistack, in addition to kind endorsers CABA and this very website.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper hosted a segment on Keynoter Adam Tibbs of Project FROG just last month, discussing his company’s sustainability efforts and a notable success at a New England school. Here’s the link: http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2010/03/23/one-simple-thing-a-green-education/

Vik Duggal, founder of Konstructr, also gives the Tuesday lineup a boost. On Wednesday, the day starts with another great pair of speakers. Jeff Harris of the Alliance To Save Energy begins the proceedings. Harris, who spent more than 25 years as a staff scientist for Lawrence Berkeley’s Environmental Energy Technologies Division, is VP of programs for ASE.

Batting cleanup on day two is David Hewitt, the Executive Director of the New Buildings Institute. Like this conference, Hewitt’s organization deals with a wide array of efficiency-minded technologies, including promoting a path to zero-energy buildings.

You could say the SSC has a three-track mind: Technology & Innovation, Design & Delivery, and Operations. Any top-notch building effort needs some success at each level. Let’s run through some highlights in each track.

Technology & Innovation. The “Energy Recovery” session explores the latest in heat recovery, plus solar heat recovery from roofs and walls, and also district energy sharing systems. On the controls side, speakers tackle IP-based controllers and open engineering tools, BAS and Smart Grid convergence, among other subtopics. We’ll also get a look at energy management at the new USGBC headquarters.

In the “Leading Edge” session, we’ll even get a heads-up on “Clean Slate LED’s” and a presentation titled, “Electronically Tintable Glass: The Future Of High-Performance Facades Is Here.”

contemporary Design & Delivery. Several consulting engineers weigh in for this track, including Don Herrmann on “LEED and the Indoor Environment” and veteran ES contributor Milton Meckler with a presentation of DOAS-related insights and benefits.

A deeper look at the integrated whole-building design approach is complemented by a review of design, installation, and control strategies for radiant cooling. Autodesk presents on the hot topic of managing sustainable design in energy retrofits, while the CTLGroup dedicates its time to examining ASHRAE’s new Standard 189.1 for High-Performance Green Buildings.

This track is also absolutely loaded in the lighting category, with Blue Ridge Technologies, Honeywell, WattStopper, and Leviton all discussing the latest challenges and opportunities in that sector. James Carlini’s talk on intelligent building campuses is another highlight, followed by BAS and demand response courtesy of Building Intelligent Group’s own Jeff Seewald, who has been critical in organizing the SSC lineup.

Operations. No slackers in this group, either, starting with our own popular columnist, Rebecca Ellis, talking about how exactly a “systems analyst” fits into the new building operations scheme of things. BIG’s Paul Ehrlich appears here, too, along with some interesting LEED EB case studies courtesy of the engineers at Grainger.

This track closes with another session entirely devoted to high-performance case studies, but not before a session on improving efficiency in existing buildings and another devoted to Smart Grid and demand response issues (including a presentation by BAS/grid expert and ES advisor Jack McGowan).

That’s not close to everyone, but I’ve gone on long enough for this month. Check our full schedule at www.ssconference.com and get a great two days of information and networking. If your company is interested in getting involved as a sponsor, contact ES publisher Peter Moran at moranp@bnpmedia.com

WHAT: Sustainable Solutions Conference for High Performance Buildings
WHEN: June 8-9, 2010
WHERE: Westin Lombard Yorktown Center (630-719-8000)


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