(Lori Koch, November 25, 2013) I had a great time at Greenbuild. I was working the reThink Wood Pavilion in the expo hall, and got to spend a good deal of time talking to attendees about using wood in sustainable structures.
One of the big draws to our booth was the model of a 40-story tower that had a hybrid structural system of concrete and CLT (cross-laminated timber). The prospect of wooden skyscrapers really intrigued a lot of people, and led to some great discussions.
I was lucky enough to have some down time to walk around the expo hall and see some of the other exhibitors (and I was lucky enough to win an iPad mini from the Office Depot booth!). One of the more impressive displays was the Kohler RV, it had working models of about a dozen different toilets and the rep talked about the lower water consumption models they have available. It was very interesting just from a standpoint of being a fixture that we all use every day, yet give very little thought to what’s at work with the system (or maybe that’s just me being a narrow-minded structural engineer!).
I also got a chance to talk to folks interested in sustainable buildings from nearly every angle: wood products, steel producers, plumbing fixtures, educational programs, windows… the list goes on and on. It was a great experience and I’m looking forward to doing it again next year.