The 2018 Greenbuild Europe will take place April 17-18 in Berlin, Germany at the Radisson Blu Hotel and Meeting Center. The conference offers a forum for the green building community to unite, change lives, revolutionize business and address pressing issues, such as air quality, human health, energy use and global climate change.
"Greenbuild's expansion into the European market is reflective of the tremendous leadership and demand from the green building community to learn from and push each other to advance our movement," commented Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC and Green Business Certification, who will deliver Greenbuild Europe's closing remarks. "Greenbuild is where the future of the green building movement is shaped and where the ideas and passions of the green building community come alive."
Rick Fedrizzi, chair and CEO of the International WELL Building Institute, the developers of the WELLBuilding Standard, has been announced as the opening keynote speaker. Fedrizzi is considered one of the foremost leaders of the global green and healthy building movement and a sought-after speaker. He is also the founding chair and former CEO of USGBC, the creators of LEED, the world's most widely used green building rating system.
"Whenever the green building movement has the opportunity to convene, we marshal new energy to take our work forward," said Fedrizzi. "We've made great progress in improving building performance across every metric; we now need to do the same for human performance by making sure buildings are designed in ways that help people thrive. This 'second wave' of sustainability is really exciting, and it will be great to see it continue to take shape at Greenbuild Europe."
Green building in Europe is a key strategy in helping the region mitigate the impacts of climate change and improve the efficiency and performance of buildings. Last year, Germany and Turkey made USGBC's list of Top 10 Countries and Regions for LEED, together representing more than 521 LEED certified projects totaling more than 13 million gross square meters of space. In Europe alone, there are over 2,100 LEED certified projects comprising over 40 million gross square meters of certified space.