Major green building conference coming to the Navy Yard at Noisette in
North Charleston on June 19 and 20.

(North Charleston, SC, June 14, 2009) — The Sustainability Institute and Charleston Trident Homebuilders Association are hosting a green building industry conference on June 19 and 20 at the Navy Yard at Noisette. The conference will feature 16 educational sessions taught by regionally recognized leaders of the green building industry, two tours of the most sustainable homes and commercial properties in the Lowcountry, and an expo featuring local, green companies.

The conference will also feature two industry leaders —

* Bill Reed, an internationally recognized and highly published architect and sustainability consultant, one of the founding Board Members of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), and an originator of the LEED rating system, and
* Michael Chandler, a builder from North Carolina that has been constructing green, high performance homes for 3 generations, was a 2006 and 2007 National Green Building Awards Finalist for Custom Home of the Year, and was titled one of the 50 Best Builders To Work For In America in 2002 and 2003 by Professional Builder Magazine.

The Atlantic Green Conference is geared towards home builders, design professionals, and others in the building and development industry as well as the general public. Continuing education credits will be provided for professionals at particular sessions.

Sessions will feature topics ranging such green infrastructure planning, solar energy, greening historic homes, managing LEED projects, green roofs, financing for green projects and more.

‘The Charleston area is really fortunate to have this caliber of conference be in our area at a time when interest in sustainability is so great”, says Bryan Cordell, Executive Director of The Sustainability Institute. “The leaders in the industry, both local and international, will be sharing the concepts of design and construction that will help shape and sustain the communities of our future.”

While the housing market and overall building industry in South Carolina and elsewhere across the nation continues to face hardship alongside the economic downturn, local interest in green building seems to continue to build and some local, green developments, like North Charleston’s Oak Terrace Preserve, have won national recognition. Currently there are more than 145 projects in South Carolina that are registered with the USGBC’s LEED (Leadership In Energy and Environmental Design) program — projects ranging from homes, to schools, to entire neighborhoods. And, according to the United States Green Building Council, green buildings in the southeast region are earning about $1 more per square foot compared to traditional buildings.

Major sponsors of the Atlantic Green Conference include Carolina Comfort Foam, BASF, and The Noisette Company. A green expo, held at 10 StoreHouse Row at the Navy Yard, will host more than 25 local companies that have green products or services.

To learn more or to purchase tickets on-line, visit the Atlantic Green Conference web site,