More Than 18,000 Attendees and 531 Exhibitors Gathered at Greenbuild 2016

Oct 21, 2016 - Dallas, Texas


Plenary speakers, USGBC announcements, sustainability and sold out events among highlights

Today, Informa Exhibitions and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the results of the 2016 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, held Oct. 5-7 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles. The week-long event included an overall attendance of 18,079 and 531 exhibiting companies participating in 138,960 square feet of exhibit and display space on the trade show floor.


Greenbuild featured more than 200 sessions, tours, summits and workshops in the robust education program and throughout the week, with many sold out sessions. An impressive 33,517 hours of continuing education credits were also earned at Greenbuild.


 “Sustainability, health and wellness and water conservation were just a few of the over-arching themes that dominated this year’s event,” said Lindsay Roberts, Greenbuild group director, Informa Exhibitions. “We had an incredibly successful week and continue to be grateful to our community of attendees, exhibitors, sponsors and partners who bring substantial energy, buzz and momentum to the week as well as the green building movement.”


Greenbuild 2016 featured several key events, such as:


·         Greenbuild Plenary, which featured journalist and award-winning author Sebastian Junger on the importance of living in community and among our ‘tribe’

·         Greenbuild Celebration, held outside at L.A. Live immediately following the Plenary, included special concert performances by Aloe Blacc and X Ambassadors

·         Closing Plenary, which concluded the week with an energetic discussion with architect and cultural innovator, Bjarke Ingels

·         Combined Summit Closing Plenary featured a panel of urban innovators who shared stories of entrepreneurship, innovation and re-connection for the city of tomorrow

·         Master speakers Antwi Akom, co-founder & CEO of Streetwyze and Dr. Lucy Jones, former seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey

·         USGBC Leadership Awards Luncheon, which annually recognizes outstanding efforts to advance green building design and construction

·         Happy Hour in the Hall, which provided a lively atmosphere for networking

·         Communities & Affordable Homes Summit, WaterBuild Summit and International Summit

·         Women in Green Power Breakfast, which celebrated the roles women play across society and the power of women voters

·         Greenbuild Legacy Project, which provided a hands-on educational space in the community of Gardenia, California

·         Solar Job Fair, held in conjunction with GRID Alternatives, a national solar non-profit and the Solar Energy Industries Association, which featured 300 job seekers and 15 employers


Attendees also spent significant time discovering and enjoying the eclectic city of Los Angeles. USGBC-LA led the official host committee of Greenbuild 2016 with 23 tours throughout the week, exploring sustainable transportation sites, commercial buildings, neighboring suburbs and public outdoor sites of interest.

USGBC celebrated an iconic year as outgoing CEO Rick Fedrizzi gave his final address at the Greenbuild Plenary and incoming CEO Mahesh Ramanujam ended the week at the Closing Plenary. The formation of a new technology organization, arc, was announced and will be led by Scot Horst, incoming CEO of arc and current chief product officer of USGBC. Arc is a state of the art platform that will allow any building to participate and immediately start measuring performance, make improvements and benchmark against itself.

“In order to achieve our vision of a sustainable built environment, we must continue to improve and build upon our best work, and make sure that we bring as many people as possible into the process,” said Kate Hurst, vice president of community, conferences and events, USGBC. “Every year, Greenbuild brings world-class education and programming to the green building community to ensure that industry professionals are equipped with the necessary tools to continue to move the green building movement forward and ensure that generations to come live, learn, work and play in a green building.”


The expo hall again showcased the leading products and services available to professionals within the sustainable building industry and had several notable areas, including:


·         Greenbuild KB Home ProjeKt, a 1,790-square-foot custom demonstration home, boasted vignettes that featured assemblies and systems, home tours, interactive educational features and a digital wall display

·         World’s only Net Zero Zone, a 4,500-square-foot pavilion powered by alternative power collected on-site at the Los Angeles Convention Center

·         Expo Stage that hosted relevant and engaging sessions complimentary to all attendees, including the Passport to Prizes drawing where Greenbuild attendee Dan Young Dixon won $10,000

·         Eight sponsored Education Labs with CE accredited education on the show floor

·         235 exhibitors who scored a 75 or higher on the Greenbuild Mandatory Exhibitor Greening Guidelines Survey, including overall winners Roll-A-Shade (Most Innovative), Skanska (Smallest Environmental Impact) and Quanex Building Products (Best in Show)


Video footage from the Opening Plenary, Closing Plenary, Master Series and Special Sets will be posted on the Greenbuild website in the next couple of weeks.


Greenbuild 2017 All In is scheduled for Nov. 8-10 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston, Massachusetts. More information can be found at The Call for Proposals and Reviewers for Greenbuild 2017 will open Nov. 7 and the deadline to submit is Jan. 13, 2017.


About Informa Exhibitions U.S., Construction & Real Estate

Informa operates at the heart of the Knowledge and Information economy. It is one of the world’s leading business intelligence, knowledge and events businesses with more than 6,000 employees in over 100 offices across 25 countries. The Dallas Exhibitions team produces a portfolio of 14 trade shows in various sectors of the construction and real estate industry. To learn more, visit


About the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, an international network of local community leaders, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit, explore the Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG) and connect on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn


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