High Performance, Green Commercial Buildings Featured in Lecture Series

September 28, 2006

Buildings in the United States have a major environmental impact: they consume 40% of the primary energy and 71% of the total electricity. And energy use in the U.S. commercial sector, which is driven by economic expansion and population growth, is expected to grow by 1.6% per year—twice as fast as in the residential sector. In the third in a series of DOE-sponsored lectures on building energy efficiency, Mr. Dennis Creech spoke about the benefits to and strategies for improving building energy consumption.

For the past 25 years, Southface Energy Institute has helped architects, homebuilders, homeowners, and other residential construction professionals incorporate earth-friendly building practices into residential buildings. Now, Southface has begun to apply its expertise to the commercial building arena.  

Southface has helped companies like IKEA and the Atlanta Community Food Bank meet high-performance green building guidelines. Southface also plans to construct a new Eco Office adjacent to its current demonstration home to showcase state-of-the-art energy, water, and waste-reducing features, all of which use "off-the-shelf" technologies and are economical and market-ready. Many benefit the local economy as they are manufactured locally.  

Dennis Creech is cofounder and executive director of Southface Energy Institute. He serves on the board of directors of several national and local nonprofit housing and environmental organizations, he writes and speaks extensively about energy and environmental issues, and is a frequent media spokesman.  

On Wednesday, September 13, 2006, Mr. Creech presented a lecture at the National Building Museum titled, High Performance, Greeen Commercial Buildings (PDF 3.5MB). He spoke about the benefits to and strategies for improving building energy consumption. He will also talk about Southface’s own headquarters, the Eco Office. The lecture series is free, and no registration is required. Visit the National Building Museum Web site for more information about the lecture series.