Hamburg Delegation to Present Model for Sustainable Urban Development at NESEA’s BuildingEnergy 2012 Conference

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New international collaboration on sustainable urbanism to advance the green building movement in the Northeast, introduce new products and practices from Germany.

The most established and cross-disciplinary sustainable energy conference in the Northeast, BuildingEnergy12 (http://www.nesea.org/be12/), will feature an an opportunity for participants to learn, firsthand, how we might apply some of Europe’s most sustainable development models to our own cities in the Northeast. Mr. Uli Hellweg, CEO of IBA Hamburg, will be presenting with IBA Coordinator Mr. Jan Gerbitz on how they are working to “future-proof” Wilhelmsburg, a district of Hamburg, Germany through energy efficiency and carbon-neutral construction. Also, as part of the larger German delegation visiting Boston, Senator Jutta Blankau will attend the conference and offer her insights at the closing session

Mr. Hellweg’s presentation, “How Hamburg Will Generate 100% of Heat and Electricity from Local Renewable Resources” will discuss how the City of Hamburg has used local renewable heating resources to plan and develop an innovative district heating network that will provide 100% of heating from renewable resources by 2050. Central to the Hamburg plan are two of the primary topics of the Northeast Sustainable Energy (NESEA) conference - building energy efficiency and renewable energy production. The BuildingEnergy conference has long been a nerve center the whole system of green building, and the German approach to sustainable urban development is a natural fit.

“NESEA is delighted that our BE attendees will benefit from this continuing collaboration with the German Consulate and the Hamburg delegation. We are excited about sharing an urban development model that has already been deployed successfully elsewhere that may be well suited to our climate and geography in the Boston area. NESEA’s community of practitioners have long been eager to learn from others about what works and what doesn’t, rather than attempting to reinvent the wheel” said Jennifer Marrapese, Executive Director of NESEA.

About The BuildingEnergy Conference & Trade Show
NESEA’s BuildingEnergy12 takes place at the Seaport World Trade Center March 6-8, 2012. This year’s conference sessions range from emerging trends in renewable energy to deep energy retrofits of commercial, residential and historic buildings. NESEA’s is the only conference that requires its building case studies to adhere to strict guidelines that include a full year of energy data, reaffirming a commitment to present the best building and energy practices at this conference. The conference includes 63 sessions and 18 full‐ and half‐day workshops. The BuildingEnergy Trade Show features 170 exhibitors showcasing the latest sustainable technologies, products, and services. http://www.nesea.org/be12/

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