Ecobuild America® Fall & AEC-ST® Fall announce keynote addresses

September 7, 2007
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Centerville, Mass. (August 7, 2007) – The Ecobuild America Fall and AEC Science & Technology (AEC-ST) Fall conference will feature two exciting keynote sessions. This annual event for design and construction professionals will take place December 10-13, 2007 at the Washington Convention Center, Washington. Ecobuild Fall and AEC-ST Fall is held in cooperation with Green Building Initiative™ (GBI), Green Mechanical Council™, Specifications Consultants in Independent Practice (SCIP), U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce and buildingSMART™ Alliance, and National Institute of Building Sciences. Bentley Systems is the corporate sponsor.

Ecobuild Fall & AEC-ST Keynote addresses:

· Creating a Case For Sustainable Design
Wednesday, December 12, 2007- 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Speaker: RK Stewart, Principal, Gensler and President of the American Institute of Architects, Sponsored by: American Institute of Architects
Unbeknownst to most Americans, buildings are the culprits consuming nearly three-quarters of all electricity generated at U.S. power plants, natural gas and coal fired power plants and responsible for 48% of all the energy consumed in the nation.

This session will provide an overview of the contribution buildings make to carbon emissions, sustainable design trends within corporate America and client support for green design in the commercial and residential building sector, as well as the important role incentives and regulations - for business developers and consumers – play in creating change.

The key role that integrated practice plays in project design, construction and operations to realize more sustainably designed projects also will be discussed. This session will highlight the impact of changing technology, such as BIM, how business relationships across the design and construction industry can enhance and accelerate the realization of healthy and vibrant communities across the country, and how the performance of the built environment lays solely in our hands.

· buildingSMART: The Transformation of the Building Industry
Thursday, December 13, 2007- 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Speaker: Patrick MacLeamy, CEO, HOK and is a founder of the IAI/buildingSMART Alliance, Sponsored by: National Institute of Building Sciences, buildingSMART Alliance
This session will explore the contrast between the building and manufacturing industries, and what those of us who practice in the building industry can learn from the manufacturing industry. Manufacturing continues to improve in the design, usefulness, and quality of products while the building industry continues to diminish in design usefulness and quality.

Why is this true? What constrains the building industry? What can the building industry learn from manufacturing to improve our processes and products? Mr. MacLeamy will describe buildingSMART, a strategy developed by the International Alliance for Interoperability (IAI). buildingSMART emulates the best manufacturing practices for the building industry. MacLeamy believes this strategy must be followed aggressively to meet the needs of a modern world - or the manufacturing industry will do the job for us.

Ecobuild America Fall and AEC-ST Fall are offering free admission to all three keynote sessions and the accompanying comprehensive two day exhibit taking place December 12-13.

To take advantage of this opportunity, registration must be received by November 9, 2007 at www.ecobuildfall.com or www.aecstfall.com.

At these sites, you can also access complete conference information on scores of sessions covering: Building Performance & Engineering; Energy Efficiency/Renewable Energy; Facilities Management & Intelligent Buildings; Government – Federal, State & Municipal; Green Construction & Homebuilding; Green Globes ® ; Green Mechanical/Electrical Systems & Operations; Information Technology, BIM & Interoperability; Infrastructure, Civil/Site/Land Development; Specifications, Contract Documents and Project Management; and Sustainable Design.

Ecobuild America, LLC (Centerville, MA) under the leadership of principals Richard C. Vendola, Jr., and George Borkovich manages and produces Ecobuild America, Ecobuild Fall, AEC-ST, and AEC-ST Fall. Together they have a depth of experience in technology and event planning, for the AEC industry, including creating and managing the former A/E/C SYSTEMS International conference and exhibition.

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