Roanoke, Virginia, Conference To Highlight Green-Building Ideas

Christiansburg, Va. - Virginia Tech has partnered with CREATES*, a stimulus-funded green-jobs training program managed by Community Housing Partners (CHP), to host a two-day conference, Harnessing Innovation for Energy-Efficient Construction, at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center May 17 – 18.

Centered on the theme of bridging industry and education, this dynamic event will bring together construction professionals and industry-related organizations across Virginia to participate in  panels, workshops, and presentations by leading firms, researchers, and educators.

Brent Darnell, one of Engineering News Record’s top 25 newsmakers of 2011, is leading a pre-conference workshop on creating and maintaining professional relationships. Also scheduled to speak is Peter Yost who has more than 25 years’ experience in building, researching, teaching, writing, and consulting on high-performance homes in his dual roles as director of residential services for BuildingGreen, and as technical director for Taunton Press’ GreenBuildingAdvisor.com.

Keynote speaker Jay Murdoch serves as executive director of Efficiency First, an organization that unites home- and building-performance companies, product manufacturers, real estate professionals, and related businesses and organizations to advance the energy efficient construction industry.

On the conference’s second day, attendees will select to participate in one of the three following panels and workshops:
• The Industry + Education track will feature ongoing presenters and discussions addressing the disconnect between industry needs and educational outputs.
• The Industry 2 Industry segment will showcase recent developments and innovations in high-performance building and promote dialogue between industry sectors to advance energy-efficient construction practices.
• The Policy & Advocacy group will highlight public and private policies and initiatives that impact the green-construction industry.

Sponsors of this event include the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME); New River Center for Energy Research and Training (NRCERT); Appalachian Power Company (APCO) and the Roanoke Regional Homebuilders Association; and the Department of Building Construction in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech.

To register and view the full agenda, please visit www.cpe.vt.edu/hieec.