Greenbuild, the renowned green building conference, will be held in Europe in April 2018, officials announced.
The event will be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Berlin from April 17-18 and the call for proposals is now open at greenbuild.usgbc.org/Europe, according to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI).
Founded in 2002, Greenbuild brings together industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building. Greenbuild offers two days of U.S. and international speakers, networking opportunities, industry showcases and workshops on the LEED green-building program.
“The green building movement is driven by passionate individuals who are dedicated to creating healthier, more sustainable communities,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of the USGBC and GBCI. “There is no better place than Greenbuild to bring these passionate green building leaders together. Greenbuild Europe is an opportunity for us to come together and explore new opportunities to create a more sustainable built environment throughout the region.”
The 2017 Greenbuild conference will be held in Boston, with more than 20,000 attendees expected and 500 exhibiting companies. Greenbuild also expanded to India and China this year.
With demand for green building expected to double every three years, according to the World Green Building Trends 2016 SmartMarket Report, Greenbuild’s expansion increases access to green business tools and resources and encourages discussion around some of today’s toughest environmental issues, officials said.
GBCI, the certification body for LEED and other sustainability systems globally, will play a key role in the conference having recently announced its expansion in the region. GBCI opened its first European office in Munich in April to help facilitate its array of green business rating systems and professional credentials, which include LEED, the PEER standard for power systems, the WELL building standard, the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES), Parksmart, TRUE Zero Waste, the Investor Confidence Project (ICP) for energy efficiency retrofits, and the GRESB benchmark, which is used by institutional investors to improve the sustainability performance of the global property sector.
“For decades, the European building community has been among the greenest, continually raising the bar on sustainability,” said Kay Killmann, managing director, GBCI Europe. “With Greenbuild coming to Europe, we will finally have a platform that brings regional players together.”
The world’s green building market has become a trillion-dollar industry, a surge that has led to a corresponding increase in the scope and size of the green building materials market, which is expected to reach $234 billion by 2019. In Europe, currently, there are more than 5,200 LEED registered and certified projects, comprising more than 147 million gross square meters of space, and more than 2,500 LEED professionals.