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This week in Chicago, architects, designers, builders and product manufacturers are gathering at Greenbuild 2018, to learn about, discuss and be inspired by the latest trends in high-performance, sustainable, resilient buildings designed and constructed with the goal of helping to enhance our health and well-being.
“Human By Nature,” the Greenbuild 2018 theme, reflects this connection, to highlight how building for sustainability can benefit building occupants, our communities and the natural environment all around us.
The benefits of “building green” are numerous – resilient buildings can better withstand impacts from extreme weather like hail and winds; energy-efficiency improvements help buildings save energy and reduce reliance on natural resources; well insulated homes are less likely to lose warm or cool air, which can result in lower utility bills, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and improved indoor air quality. In addition, the products of chemistry can play a critical role in making these benefits, and others, possible.
Today, the chemical industry’s brightest scientists, engineers and researchers are transforming molecules to create a wide array of materials and products that contribute to sustainable, resilient buildings. For example:
Attending Greenbuild 2018?
If you are in Chicago this week, check out the Greenbuild Materials Journey Map, sponsored by ACC, which can help architects and designers learn more about materials-focused events and experiences at Greenbuild.
ACC is also sponsoring two lunch and learn sessions at Greenbuild:
Learn about two LEED v4 pilot credits designed to provide important health, safety, environmental and life cycle information on building products to help architects and project teams make informed material selection decisions.
To learn more about how chemicals are the building blocks for many high-performing materials, visit BuildingwithChemistry.org.
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