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Greenbuild Shines Green Light on Energy Savings

December 18, 2006

DENVER - If the mile-high city is looking a little bit greener, perhaps that’s because it hosted the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo at the Colorado Convention Center.

Johns Manville (JM), a manufacturer of building and specialty products for the commercial and residential construction markets, and HVAC system manufacturer Trane, were both sponsors this year. The event provided an international meeting place for the green building industry. It offered information on green building design, construction, project financing, building management, and product innovations.

JM displayed products for commercial and residential construction and furnishings, such as thermal and acoustical insulation for mechanical systems, building insulation, office furnishings, roofing, and weatherproofing products and systems.

“Growing demand for energy is a pressing global issue and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future,” said Steve Hochhauser, JM’s chairman, president, and chief executive officer.

“The building and construction industry has a significant opportunity to build smarter, more resource-efficient structures that reduce energy consumption, improve indoor environmental quality, and are more comfortable to live and work in.

“Worldwide, buildings account for more than 40 percent of total energy consumption,” he continued. “In the United States alone, more than 40 million homes are underinsulated. We can do better. The technology exists and we’re heading in the right direction, but it takes industry-wide collaboration to make this vision a reality.”

SUSTAINABILITY FOR SCHOOLS

Trane’s focus was on high-performance, sustainable schools. In addition to its booth presence, the company participated in the event’s “LEED [Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design] for Schools” workshops.

“According to the United States EPA, more than 53 million children and 6 million adults, or one in five Americans, spend a portion of their day inside a school building,” said Maureen Lally, director of institutional marketing for Trane. “Yet, a significant number of students and teachers struggle with distractions, including noise, glare, mildew, lack of fresh air, and hot or cold temperatures.”

By combining more-efficient technology and school guidelines for green building, Lally continued, “districts can be responsible to the environment, receive an attractive payback on their investments, and achieve their operating goals while improving teacher and student comfort, productivity, and performance.

Trane displayed a new 15 SEER offering for schools, as well as energy analysis software and an enterprise-wide control system.

Greenbuild is presented annually by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a nonprofit coalition of more than 6,000 private companies, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies working to advance buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy to live and work in.

The USGBC’s LEED rating system, a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings, is a driving force behind the green building movement in the United States.

As a title sponsor of Greenbuild 2006 and a manufacturer of green building materials, “We are committed to protecting the quality of our indoor and outdoor environments by offering safe, healthy products that comprise our homes and workplaces,” said Jeff Rea, senior vice president of JM’s Building Products business.

“Supporting Greenbuild provides Johns Manville with a great opportunity to raise awareness of this commitment within the building products market and to help architects, builders, and others protect their customers,” Rea said.

For more information, visit www.greenbuildexpo.org. Greenbuild 2007 will take place Oct. 17-19 in Los Angeles.

Publication date: 12/18/2006

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