Sometimes you just have to get everybody together
Something powerful happens when leaders in many aspects of the Zero Carbon, Healthy Buildings goal come together for a few days. The effect is exponential - ideas reverberate, collaboration is created, inspiration and creativity explode, and the result is huge impact.
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; and, in addition, Google is currently developing incredibly powerful tools needed by designers to evaluate their material choices.
And our sponsors have told us that BuildWell has lead to more viable leads and contacts than much, much larger events, because the quality of our participants and the influence they have on a large cross-section of industries. Here's the list of who attended BuildWell 2016.
(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.
Wowed the crowd!
February 10-12, 2016
BuildWell 2016 has a new home! The Golden Gate Club in San Francisco's historic Presidio. We had a stellare line up of keynote speakers, participants and the same in-depth exploration of the issues of reaching low (get to ZERO!) carbon, healthy buildings.
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 reducing 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