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Keynote: Tedd Benson

Keynote: Tedd Benson

New House Rules: Achieving 21st Century Sustainable Dwelling

Bensonwood & Unity Homes - If we are going to come even close to achieving the objective of the 2030 Challenge, we need nothing less than paradigm shift and an industry overhaul. After all, all complex systems produce the essence of what they are. We must create a new vocabulary, a new work culture and more efficiencies. Bensonwood and Unity Homes have started down this path and are leading the way.

Mike O'Brien

Mike O'Brien

Seattle City Councilmember

City Councilmember Mike O'Brien will kick off the day with his opening plenary and set the tone for an inspiring conference.

Joseph Becker

Joseph Becker

Singing with Straw Clay

Ion Ecobuilding - Learn how to create successful community building experiences and the value of building community while empowering people to build.

Elly Bunzendahl and Corey Weathers

Elly Bunzendahl and Corey Weathers

Optimizing Performance with Building Efficiency Coaching

O'brien & Co and Catalyst 2030 - The leading-edge work of two companies who provide expertise in "bridging the gap" of building performance after occupancy, protecting valuable client assets and turning theoretical design goals into reality.

Jill Cody

Jill Cody

Sustainable Lighting | New Technologies, New Outcomes

dark | light design - LED technology has arrived and we are on the cusp of exciting opportunities in design, along with the potential for negative outcomes. Learn how to incorporate the new developments and how to steer clear of the potential pitfalls.

Robert W. Cromwell, Jr.

Robert W. Cromwell, Jr.

A View inside the New Electric Industry

Seattle City Light - The electric industry in the Pacific Northwest is changing rapidly as decision-makers respond to major issues facing the region, including climate change and sustainability. Get a first look at the future of the industry and the challenges and opportunities that will affect us all.

Chris van Daalen

Chris van Daalen

Innovation and Policy Leadership for Restorative Development

This session will show a new framework for policy leadership defined by collaborative research, illustrating with examples from around the Cascadia Bioregion. Participants will share their experiences and work together to develop solutions to regulatory challenges and ultimately, make it easier to build green.

Fiona Douglas-Hamilton

Fiona Douglas-Hamilton

Green Building | Moving Beyond Being Marginal

S.E.E.C. llc - How green building is valued in the marketplace limits what we, as professionals in the construction industry, can get built. Fiona discusses the market and consumer knowledge needed to move beyond these limiting factors.

Jon Heller

Jon Heller

Heat Pump Water Heaters in Residential Buildings

Ecotope - Glean information from five years of research on heat pump water heaters, with recommendations for the most effective use of various types of systems, adapted to specific building types.

Stacia Miller

Stacia Miller

Innovation and Policy Leadership for Restorative Development

This session will show a new framework for policy leadership defined by collaborative research, illustrating with examples from around the Cascadia Bioregion. Participants will share their experiences and work together to develop solutions to regulatory challenges and ultimately, make it easier to build green.

Johnston Architects

Johnston Architects

Greenfire Campus Case Study

Johnston Architects, Blanton Turner Property Management and Walsh Construction - Greenfire is a campus of multi-use buildings designed with two concepts in mind: Sensible Sustainability and Social Sustainability, showing how people can live, work, play and farm in the same complex.

Ben Larson

Ben Larson

What, When, and How Much | Whole-house Energy Use Across the Pacific Northwest

Ecotope - A newly completed study, the Residential Baseline Stock Assessment Metering Project, uncovers what devices are using energy, when energy is being used and how - providing builders, homeowners and designers with effective tools for optimizing energy use in the home.

Joy Beckerman Maher

Joy Beckerman Maher

Hempcrete | Sustainability & Superior Performance

Hemp Ace International - Hempcrete is poised to hit the Pacific Northwest building scene! Multiple benefits include superior performance and durability; it's non-toxic and carbon negative. Come hear all about hempcrete and hemp building materials from an expert in the field.

Ryan Mankoski

Ryan Mankoski

HOME Reclaimed Case Study

Ninebark Design Build LLC - With the overwhelming amount of "green" products, philosophies and strategies, it is easy to lose focus on the most crucial aspect of sustainable design: reclaiming, salvaging and up-sourcing valuable resources that exist now.

David Neiman and Bradley Khouri

David Neiman and Bradley Khouri

Seattle Multi-Family and the Car | Evolving Solutions

Neiman Taber & b9 Architects - See how the 2011 zoning code, removing mandatory parking requirements in portions of Seattle, is being applied by two architecture firms to create pedestrian-friendly streetscapes and increased density.

Drs. Jan Newton and Terrie Klinger

Drs. Jan Newton and Terrie Klinger

Ocean Acidification in Pacific Northwest Waters

University of Washington - Sometimes it helps to step back and look at the big picture and how our work in the building industry affects the world around us. Ocean acidification is caused by increasing CO2 emissions due to burning fossil fuels. We can be part of the solution to this serious environmental problem.

Julie F. Rodwell

Julie F. Rodwell

Tiny Footprints Communities | A Program for Housing Sustainably as We Grow and the Land Shrinks

Tiny Footprint Communities proposes a strategy to build sustainable planned communities in the United States. The Census Bureau forecasts an 84-126 million population increase by 2060 and Climate Central predicts 3-8 million people displaced by sea level rise by 2100. Where will all these people live? How can we proactively respond to these conditions, starting today?

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