2013 Davis Magnet Greenovation and Vendor Faire – Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach CA
Healthy Buildings attended the wonderful USGBC Orange County 2013 Kickoff Event at the Environmental Nature Center. Good food and healthy conversations started the night off with great energy as the attendees mingled about viewing the different vendor stands and discussing their life experiences. The event was filled with smiling faces, celebrating a living-lab of what a “sustainable classroom” looks like today. The USGBC has supported a dynamic approach to green buildings, including design charettes and integrated project teams, but collaborative events like this one pull everything together with an opportunity to look back and honor everyone’s hard work.
USGBC Orange County celebrated the completion of the Davis Magnet “Adopt-a-School” Greenovation, which took a typical existing classroom in Costa Mesa and transformed it in a way that focused on natural lighting, indoor air quality, and acoustics. This renovation of a Newport Mesa Unified School District elementary school classroom included monitoring devices and an adjacent “control” classroom to create a living laboratory with the ability to compare the classrooms before and after construction. The event concluded with a fantastic presentation by the design and construction team, as well as a keynote presentation from Disney.
Aside from networking within the green building community, it is always a surprise to find new products and materials entering the marketplace. A few of the vendors at this event included: ISEC Inc., Colt Int., Koroseal Interior Products Group, Mestek Architectural, CertainTeed, Royal Plywood Co., Arborite, and the Collins Companies. Colt Int. presented their solar shading louver systems and CertainTeed displayed a new form of gypsum board that absorbs formaldehyde and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the air for up to 75 years! These events never cease to surprise me with innovative technologies and new sustainable products entering the green building realm. Make sure to follow your local USGBC chapter and get involved!