Multifamily professionals have an excellent opportunity to learn how to incorporate green building principles in their projects at the 2013 GreenBuild Expo November 20-22.

A key feature of this year’s conference is the two-day Affordable Housing Summit. The affordable housing industry has been at the vanguard of the green movement for many years, way ahead of its market-rate brethren. But as more sectors of the multifamily industry seek certification, developers and contractors can learn from the experiences of other professionals in this series of eight targeted seminars.

Several main conference sessions of particular interest to the industry include:

Insights on Multifamily Benchmarking from EPA and Fannie Mae:  A long-time common practice in commercial buildings, benchmarking through the Energy Star portfolio manager is in the process of being adapted to multifamily housing. Future high-rise LEED for Homes projects will be required to use portfolio manager, so the time to learn about this important industry development is now.

Developers Speak: Effective and Successful Green Multifamily: Representatives from AMLI and the Dinerstein Companies will discuss how they have cracked the code on  cost-effective multifamily development. They will provide insight into how they build green, challenges they have overcome, and how green certification assists in funding and improves long-term property value.

Ventilate Multifamily Buildings Successfully in Eight Steps: Experienced building scientists from Steven Winter Associates and O’Brien and Company will explain how meeting LEED and ASHRAE requirements helps keep indoor air quality high without sacrificing budgets or energy savings. This session will include a town hall discussion of the subject and a weblink to supplemental materials for concurrent viewing.

High-rise Residential Trends and Strategies for Success: This session will cover a wide range of issues involving high-rise green certification including systems and technologies, market direction, and connections between various programs.

Wrangling the White Elephant: Reuse Spurring Revitalization: The conversion of a 1927 hospital into a LEED Gold senior housing project is the subject of this session.  Members of the project team will share their experience in overcoming the numerous challenges in this complex project.

Additional subjects of interest to the multifamily industry include sessions on renewable energy, energy retrofits, sustainable neighborhood development, and tours of local projects to see their successes first hand.

In addition, there is an incredibly large trade show floor with thousands of exhibitors and high-powered speakers and entertainment. The opening night party includes Hillary Clinton and Bon Jovi, and the closing plenary will be given by Nate Silver, a true geek’s geek who successfully predicted the 2008 and 2012 presidential election results.

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