23 February 2010 | New Hazlett Theater | 6:30 p.m.
The Pittsburgh region has been a leader in the “green” building wave. With innovative thinkers in our ranks and technological advances happening in our midst, we are poised to remain in the lead. Will our progress come solely from within the region, or are there advances happening elsewhere that we can learn from? Will there be economic benefits? Is the biggest “green” bang for our buck only for new buildings, or can larger efficiencies be made in older buildings?
Our speakers will discuss the latest advances in the green building movement, what we can expect in the future and what we can learn from innovation elsewhere.
Anne Swager, Executive Director of AIA Pittsburgh will moderate. Speakers include former Ambassador Charles Ries, who is a Senior Fellow in the RAND, Washington, DC office, Maureen Guttman, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Green Government Council, and Francisco Escalante, VP of Development at Rugby Realty. Amb. Ries has written about energy performance of buildings and what can be learned from the UK and Austrialia. Ms. Guttman, who sits on the International Construction Code panel, will discuss the national movement to implement green construction codes and what that means for Pennsylvania and area businesses.