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Green Building - Austrian Journey to the Greenbuild Expo in Chicago, November 6-10, 2007

bridges vol. 15, Sept 2007 / Noteworthy Information

A ranch near Crawford, Texas: Designed by architecture professor David Heyman from the University of Texas at Austin, this house incorporates every "green" feature currently available.
Geothermal heat pumps draw groundwater that heats the house in winter and cools it in summer. The system uses no fossil fuels and requires only one-quarter the electricity of a conventional construction. A 25,000 gallon underground cistern stores rainwater and purified wastewater. The collected water then irrigates the surrounding land.
The owner of the property is – President George W. Bush. Surely, energy efficiency is becoming a hot topic in the US.

Booming green technology

Back to the future – “Zukunftsreise GRÜNES BAUEN USA”

The Austrian Trade Commission in Chicago and the US Commercial Service in Vienna are organizing a trip to Chicago from Nov. 6 to Nov. 10. An Austrian delegation will leave Vienna to explore market opportunities at the Greenbuild expo, discover “green” Chicago, and meet experts in the field. The trip is co-financed by the The Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKO) and the Federal Ministry of Economics and Labor (BMWA) in the framework of the initiative “go international.”

For further information or if interested in meeting with the Austrian delegation, please contact Daniela Koll from the Austrian Trade Commission.

Daniela Koll This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. tel: 001 (312) 644-5556 – 202

or Maja Seferovic This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. tel: 001 (312) 644-5556 – 203


The demand for more energy-efficient houses is on the increase. Companies like Hall Quality Homes and Thistlewood Timber Frame Homes lead the movement: They are building more and more “green” houses.
The National Association of Home Builders is pushing this trend. A recent study suggests that by 2010 every second new construction will deploy green technologies. Compared to the present 2 percent share, this will be a whopping increase.

{access view=guest}Access to the full article is free, but requires you to register. Registration is simple and quick – all we need is your name and a valid e-mail address. We appreciate your interest in bridges.{/access} {access view=!guest} Grassroots movements play an important role in this development. The US Green Building Council, founded in 1993, comprises 5500 organizations with manifold backgrounds, from scientific facilities to NGOs and the construction industry. It issues the LEED certificate (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) that ensures basic standards in energy-efficient and environmental construction.

The Greenbuild Expo, Nov. 7– 9

Chicago has the ambition to become the most environmentally friendly city in the world. Thus, it is a natural choice to host the world’s premiere conference and exposition dedicated to green building. More than 18,000 professionals will gather in November 2007 to indulge in educational sessions, attend the master speakers series and oversee the newest products and technologies in 850 exhibit booths.
Among them will be an Austrian delegation (see info box). “Austrian companies play a leading role among European countries in terms of green building and environmental technologies. The Greenbuild exhibition will be the perfect framework for the Austrian delegation to find out how their advanced products and technologies can contribute to the US green building market,” says Daniela Koll from the Austrian Trade Commission.

For further information on the Austrian delegation to the Greenbuild Expo, or to learn more about the Austrian Trade Commission’s support of Austrian companies interested in the US energy efficiency market, please contact Daniela Koll at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Greenbuild expo

US Green Building council

Hall Quality Homes

Thistlewood Timberframe Homes

go international

Federal Economic Chamber

Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour

Austrian Trade Commission

Advantage Austria in the USA

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