Energy Summit 2011

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At the first Energy Summit hosted in 2011, The U.S. Green Building Council-Texas Gulf Coast Chapter partnered with an array of non-profit leaders to produce high quality energy-efficiency education to the commercial industry. The Houston Chapter of Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and Houston Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE), among others, were inspired to bring a premiere educational summit to Houston, one that would promote discussion and knowledge about energy and green issues along the Texas Gulf Coast.

The USGBC Energy Summit included many distinguished speakers and panels at The Houstonian Hotel in Houston:

The Breakfast Keynote Speaker, Lisa Zembrodt of Summit Energy discussed the Dynamics and Fundamentals of the Texas Energy Markets, Production, Capacities and Consumption. An expert in the energy market, Zembrodt provided pertinent information to help decision-makers understand the current and future state of energy supply and demand.

The morning sessions included tracks covering an array of topics including a panel discussion on the degree to which Demand Still Matters in the price for energy and efficiency. Another dialogue was about energy rating systems.

The Lunch Keynote Speaker, Jeff Taebel, the Houston Galveston Area Council’s Director of Community and Environmental Planning, presented an intriguing view of Livable Centers and his inspirational and comprehensive approach about the future of buildings.

Afternoon sessions’ tracks included energy conservation ideas, winning the competition for capital dollars, and the evolution and future of building envelope technologies.The USGBC Texas Gulf Coast Chapter Energy Summit educated the building industry about energy trends, efficiency, and incentives along the Gulf Coast.