Brookdale Community College was the site of AIA New Jersey’s East Coast Green 2011 conference. The sold out event offered attendees the choice of 2 days of courses ranging from technical design elements of high performance design, case studies and building tours.
Day one was offered in partnership with CMHC International to highlight sustainable design practices of building construction. Day two was a range of courses by tracks in all aspects of building design.Keynote speaker Scott Kelly, AIA, LEEDap, of ReVision Architecture stressed that architects “can’t design in a vacumn anymore.” Mr. Kelly showed how the 2030 Challenge is not only possible, but attainable today and explained that the main components to reach this are both design changes and people. The people who design buildings and the people who use them.
In his talk, Mr. Kelly encouraged architects to find the balance and “understand how the built environment and the natural environment can work together.” He ended the keynote by urging architects to Join the Conversation.Other courses throughout the day highlighted Net-Zero Energy Homes, the Passive House, Green Tax Incentives, Insurance, and more. A green expo featured a number of regional products.
The event ended with an awards reception to announce the AIA-NJ COTE Top 10 Design Award winners. Thanks to all of the presenters and sponsors who made this event a success.