I recently attended the West Coast Green Conference 2008 in San Jose, Ca. It was quite the "buzz" this year with such compelling speakers as former Vice President Al Gore, Attorney General Jerry Brown, and best-selling Author and Architect Sarah Susanka. Green Building has been a 'sizzling' hot topic this year. This show demonstrated that preserving the environment and sustainable design are no longer synonymous with ‘ridiculously expensive’ and ‘unlivable conditions’. The tradeshow was filled with great exhibits, such as the "Harbinger Showhouse" an impressive eco-friendly idea house, round table discussion groups with well-known experts on sustainability and valuable "how to" workshops. There was also a multitude of booths filled with "green" building products by well known manufacturers.
The "Harbinger Showhouse" was the star of the tradeshow. The innovative 1700 square foot two-story residence was created out of re-used cargo containers. The exterior walls were clad with sustainable wood siding and the interiors were impeccably designed with a multitude of earth-friendly building products. The list included bamboo and cork flooring, energy efficient appliances, recycled glass surface countertops, and rainwater collectors. Many of these materials are readily available and moderately priced. Visitors to the showhouse were impressed with the livability of the home that presented all of the comforts and style of a high-end home.
Years ago, "going green" meant building a wierd house, living off-the-grid or living on the outer fringe of our culture. Today "going green" has become a household word. Today's "green" building products are not only an acceptable part of our culture, but products like bamboo hardwood flooring and recycled glass and tile countertops create a beautiful look for your home in addition to a healthier architectural environment.
Please visit WestCoastGreen.com for more information, and look for future posts on my Blog about Green Building Products.