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Greenbuild 2014 in New Orleans

November 5, 2014

7 Austrian companies at the most significant event of the sustainable building industry in the US

The annual conference and exhibition organized by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) took place in New Orleans, Louisiana, from October 22 to 24, 2014, which was organized by ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA. Seven Austrian companies exhibited at the Austrian pavilion.

The Austrian participants impressed visitors and exhibitors alike with their energy-efficient building solutions and products:

Biotop – swimming pools with no chemicals
Cree – multi-level office buildings made of wood
e2zero – products for weatherization, air tightness of the cladding, soundproofing products and more
FunderMax – surface design of exterior and interior areas of buildings
Loytec electronics – solutions for building automation
Luccon Lichtbeton – translucent concrete for interior and exterior areas
Variotherm – ecological, economical heating and cooling systems

Exhbiting at their individual booth:
KLH Massivholz – CLT (cross laminated timber) specialist with wall, ceiling and roof elements

The overall reaction of the Austrian and international exhibitors was positive. Most discussions revolved around the internationalization of LEED and the future of the greenbuilding sector.

The latest greenbuilding practices and technologies came to life in The Greenbuild LivingHome, which took center stage on the event’s tradeshow floor as an example of the future of sustainability in residential design. The 1,550 square foot modular demonstration home is anticipated to meet the requirements of the LEED v4 Platinum and Energy Star v3 certifications. Following this year’s Greenbuild, the home will be permanently placed on a Make It Right site in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward.

Another important element of the exhibition was the extensive conference program for general themes like sustainable building, ecological construction material, innovative solutions of research and development and others. The number one theme of the future will be the development of LEED, which will also be used much more in Europe.

Status quo of the sustainable US construction industry:

The US market for sustainable building is still growing. Even now, the majority of new construction is built according to ecological standards and this trend is gaining acceptance. The demand for energy-efficient and ecological construction material is also increasing.

By introducing modern, industrial building technologies to the US market, Austria is succeeding in integrating many innovations into a single, game-changing solution.

Please feel free to contact our office in Chicago, should you have any questions regarding Austrian greenbuilding companies.