April 2, 2015. I really can’t help loving this conference. Even though it is really aimed at planners, architects, and commercial buildings, it is exciting to hear the youthful, intelligent, talented people involved in the energy efficient building movement.
The conference was very well attended and all of the sessions I helped with were full to overflowing. I only attended the first day. This one was about Greening the New Marijuana Industry in Colorado.
I also attended most of the track one sessions–skipping out for just a bit to look more closely at the vendors.
Secrets of Successful Monitoring and Verification (for commercial buildings)
The Boulder Path to Net Zero (path to more and more stringent energy building codes–reminded me of No child left behind though–good idea but difficult to balance with other building needs.)
10 Bad Decisions You’re Making from Energy Analysis. I didn’t write these down but this was a true to life scenario of how data can close its eyes to reality by failing to consider human behavior etc.
The Vendors had cool stuff–new LED lighting, lots of consultants, SIGA membranes and tapes had a booth. A power fan for de-stratification in large warehouses. Some interesting window ideas that I thought to photograph.
After the sessions, there was a nice happy hour with great finger food. Folks seemed to really be enjoying catching up with one another. These are very hard working people who are trying to change their corner of the world and there is comfort in seeing others working toward the same goals. I thought I might like to do energy modeling. I find it fascinating. But I would need a better PC computer. My mac doesn’t run most of the programs that are used in the field.
So great to be there. I told Mandy, an engineer I met who presented at the last session that I would like to help with next year’s conference. As a USGBC Colorado board member, she told me she is the chair next year.