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EPA Sponsors Southeast Lifecycle Construction Conference Conference to focus on Sustainable Design and Construction for this Generation and the Next

Release Date: 02/20/2009
Contact Information: Laura Niles, (404) 562-8353, niles.laura@epa.gov

(Atlanta, Ga. – February 20, 2009) Are you a contractor, developer, architect, planner or government official interested in saving green by building green? If so, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 4 Office of Pollution Prevention and Innovation has just the conference for you with the 2009 Southeastern Lifecycle Construction Conference in Atlanta February 25 and 26, 2009.

“Now more than ever we need to focus on sustainable design processes and construction to protect both our environment and our wallets,” said Stan Meiburg, Acting EPA Regional Administrator. “This conference will encourage building professionals throughout the Southeast to think of sustainability first when planning construction projects.”

Lifecycle construction examines the environmental and economic impacts and the overall sustainability of the construction process from planning to final use of the building. This will be the first conference of its kind with a specific focus on green construction practices and design in the Southeast.

Some of the issues that will be addressed at the conference include drought, congestion, diminished air quality, storm water, energy costs, greenhouse gas emissions, and construction waste and recycling. There will be discussions about the industry’s carbon footprint and the green market and the creation of “green jobs.” Regional and national experts will be in attendance to discuss the full construction lifecycle, and there will be many opportunities to network with federal, state and local government officials and regulators.

The conference will also consider the complete construction lifecycle-- site preparation; building materials selection; debris management; air pollution control; storm water and sediment control; demolition; converting buildings for reuse; design for disassembly and creating buildings that facilitate and anticipate future changes.

For more information on the 2009 Southeastern Lifecycle Construction Conference and to register, please visit http://www.lifecycleconstruction.net/