EcoBuild America shaping the future


    EcoBuild America is being held in Washington, D.C., Dec. 5 – 9, and is open to all AEC professionals.

    With conferences, speakers, and product exhibitions all focusing on sustainable, green, and high – performance solutions in the built environment, EcoBuild is the place to learn about all the specialized areas of the industry. Topics include building information modeling (BIM), geographic information systems (GIS), green building, high performance building, sustainability, energy efficiency, smart buildings, security and more. Targeted training, as well as technology demonstrations, will be available for an array of specific groups.

    The event also includes the National Institute of Building Sciences’ 2011 Annual Meeting.

    CEOs, owners, principals, VPs and other executive level managers, project and construction managers, architects, designers, engineers, consultants, educators, product designers/manufacturers, and other AEC professionals are expected to attend. Market sectors include commercial, residential, institutional, government, industrial and infrastructure. EcoBuild America is a place to meet with policymakers and industry leaders who will shape the future of the design, building and construction market.

    EcoBuild America will take place in the Washington, D.C. Convention Center. This venue is conveniently located within the Northeast Corridor and the heart of the U.S. Federal government. The city is served by three major international airports, and is home to most professionals and associations serving our built environment.

    The 2011 keynote speakers are Robert Clarke, division director, Department of State, Overseas Building Operations, Information Resource Management, and Danilo Stapula, application development branch chief, Department of State, Overseas Building Operations, Information Resource Management. They will tackle the topic “COBie and BIM: an Integrated Standards Based Environment for Building Management.”

    According to a press release, this talk will discuss aspects of the Department of State’s recently finalized five – year Information Technology Strategic Plan, which will serve as a mission – driven blueprint for the technology solutions and services needed to support OBO’s requirements in Washington and overseas. Clarke and Stapula will explain the relationship between a unified building management system and BIM through the use of the Construction Operations Building information exchange (COBie) standard. They will also speak on the link between BIM and facility management needs, and highlight the importance of developing and deploying industry standards in the building sciences similar to IFC, COBie, and SPie. The keynote address is scheduled for Dec. 7 at 8:30 a.m.

    There are also three conferences: The National High Performance Building Conference, buidingSMART alliance Conference and National Specifiers Conference.

    Design professionals may earn American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System Learning Units by attending the conferences and other pre – approved EcoBuild sessions.

    EcoBuild also has a variety of co – located events, including The American Institute of Architects/Technology in Architectural Practice Building Connections Conference; Arcom’s MasterSpec Academy; Cleantech Switzerland Briefing; Construction Specifications Institute Chapter Meetings: DC Metro & Northern Virginia; The Green Standard’s 2011 Forum on THE NEW WAY TO DEFINE GREEN; Energy Modeling Best Practices and Applications: HVAC/Thermal, sponsored by ASHRAE; and GSHPA CGD Plus Classroom Course Information (Certified GeoExchange Designer)

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