Sometimes you just have to get everybody together
EBNet has hosted several international conferences because leaders and innovators need to meet - make new contacts, and refresh old ones. Sharing knowledge happens later, when we read each others' books and articles. We often hear from past attendees that our conferences sparked an idea, inspired a new line of inquiry, provided an introduction for further work or renewed commitment to building well. For example, because a Google employee attended BuildWell 2010, Google.org has stepped up to suport product transparency in the next LEED standards.
(2010, 2014, and next in 2016)
BuildWell Symposia are speed dating. Talks are very short and to the point - no "death by powerpoint". You meet a lot of inspiring, provocative thought leaders, and spend time over meals and wine with those who most interest you. You learn about the coolest new products - on the market or in the pipeline. Discussions are high-level, low-level, funny, geeky, very serious, and always thought-provoking. BuildWell is the conference that informs, renews, and inspires.
EBNet is currently in the planning stages for BuildWell 2016! Be sure to check back for more information as it develops. Make sure you get on the invitation list.
International Conference on Ecological Structure (2001)
Attended by 120 green building experts from 15 countries, this conference resulted in the creation of an international network of academics, designers, builders, and engineers who continue to collaborate in their shared goal of reducitng the impact of buildings on the environment. The conference papers are still in demand; you can find them all in the BuildWell Library.
Salon Evenings and Informal Gatherings