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GSBN:Presenters sought: BETEC Symposium and Workshop on "Sustainable Buildings"



Contact: Neil Sandler (202) 289-7800
email: nsandler@...

Presenters sought 
BETEC Symposium and Workshop on "Sustainable Buildings" - October 2001 

The Building Environment and Thermal Envelope Council (BETEC) will host a
two day-long symposium titled "Sustainable Buildings III" on October 17 -
18, 2001 in Santa Fe, New Mexico in conjunction with a 4-day workshop on
October 13 - 16 in El Rito, New Mexico (one hour drive from Santa Fe).
Presenters are being sought for both the Symposium and the Workshop. 

The event is co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge
National Laboratory, the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council, the U. S.
Green Building Council (GBC), and the Partnership for Advancing Technology
in Housing (PATH).

BETEC is a council of the National Institute of Building Sciences (NMS)
that focuses on energy efficiency through better integration of the
building envelope with the whole building, while recognizing the need for a
healthy indoor environment. 

Sustainability means reducing, recycling, and reusing currently available
resources to meet 
current needs without jeopardizing the ability of future generations to
meet their needs. To be sustainable, a building must be affordable,
durable, safe, healthy, energy efficient, and built on a foundation of
respect for the environment. Sustainable buildings are designed,
constructed, maintained, rehabilitated, and demolished with an emphasis
throughout their life cycle on using natural resources efficiently while
also protecting global ecosystems.  Also called "green" or "environmentally
friendly," a sustainable building addresses:

* the issues of energy efficiency, 

* use of materials with lower environmental impact and embodied energy 

* durability, 

* minimal maintenance, and 

* reduced waste generation throughout the life cycle from design, through
construction and rehabilitation, reuse, and final disposal.

Sustainability is supported by using natural, manufactured, waste,
byproduct or recycled materials to insulate new and existing walls and
roofs. This results in high thermal performance and low material cost for
building durable houses. However, even though virtually all insulation
materials have positive environmental benefits by reducing building energy
consumption, there are significant environmental differences among
available insulation materials and the building systems associated with the
use of them. 

This symposium will address the environmental characteristics of available
building envelope materials and examine a number of new "green" materials.
Presenters will address performance characteristics and properties of
sustainable materials and emerging technologies. Also addressed will be
installation techniques, economic analysis, code enforcement, and other
subjects leading to environmentally sound and affordable walls and roofs.
 
The symposium is a follow-up to ones held on the same subject in 1997 and
June 2000, in which presentations were made on emerging sustainable
building envelope materials. This symposium is of particular interest to
manufacturers and contractors, academia, volunteers, non-profits, public
and private organizations, and manufacturers of advanced construction
materials. 

Those interested in presenting a topic at the Symposium and/or workshop are
encouraged to send a 200-300 word abstract to Andre Desjarlais, Oak Ridge
National Laboratory, email: yt7@... or via fax at (865) 574-9354.
The deadline for submittal is April 6, 2001. The invited presentations will
be published in a symposium proceedings. For further information, contact
Arun Vohra, U.S. Department of Energy, EE-41, 1000 Independence Ave SW,
Washington, DC 20585-0121. Phone (202) 586-2193; Fax (202) 586-9811,
E-mail: arun_vohra@...






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