HPAC Engineering magazine will produce and manage Engineering Green Buildings, the first-ever national conference for engineers on the topic of green buildings. The conference will take place July 20-23, 2004, at the Marriott Key Center in Cleveland, OH.

Co-hosted by the Cleveland Green Building Coalition, a nonprofit organization, Engineering Green Buildings will offer two days of conference tracks, a half day of LEED training, a tabletop display area, product demonstrations, and a tour of Cleveland-area green buildings. It will provide intensive, interactive training sessions and case-study discussions for the commercial, industrial and institutional building sectors for new construction, renovations and O&M.

The Engineering Green Buildings conference will serve as a forum for introducing green building processes and products into the non-residential mechanical-engineering community. It will also provide an opportunity for the mechanical-engineering community to learn or refine engineering skills to meet the challenges of green-building design, construction, operations, maintenance, and commissioning. In addition, attendees will learn the costs and benefits of green buildings and understand that “greening” a building means making it perform better with respect to energy, economics, the environment, and human health, safety and comfort.

Critical to the green movement is the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (USGBC LEED) program, a voluntary national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. While LEED-NC is a standard intended for new construction and major renovation projects, LEED-EB, a similar rating system for existing buildings, is now in its pilot phase. Shifting the focus of green building from design quality to performance quality, LEED-EB will also shift the primary players from developers and architects to building owner-operators and engineers. This shift in the green-building market is the impetus for the Engineering Green Buildings conference.

About HPAC Engineering Magazine
Published by Penton Media, HPAC Engineering has been serving the non-residential mechanical systems engineering industry for 75-plus years. The magazine reaches more than 56,000 mechanical systems engineering professionals in the commercial, industrial, institutional, and government market sectors.

About the Cleveland Green Building Coalition
The Cleveland Green Building Coalition (CGBC) is a nonprofit organization formed to advance the green building agenda in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. For more information on the Engineering Green Buildings conference, visit www.hpac.com.