FLORHAM PARK, NJ, January 22, 2007–The School Building Expo taking place March 6-8, 2007 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida will feature a world-class conference covering the latest trends in design, construction, and materials for K-12 and Higher Education school facilities. One of the features of the conference will be the Green Track, focused on environmental building issues.

"As the environmental impact of buildings becomes more apparent and green building gains momentum, we thought it very important to focus part of our conference program on teaching architects and facilities planners best practices of creating healthier and more resource-efficient models of construction, renovation, operation and maintenance," said Scott Goldman, founder School Building Expo. "In working closely with the AIA we have develop a dynamic conference program that will offer practical learning and a chance to earn up to 18 AIA-approved CEU learning units for architects to meet continuing education requirements."

The School Building Expo conference program will kick off on Tuesday, March 6th with School Tours of Facilities Across Palm Beach County. Architects and facilities planners are invited to tour some of the most exciting, most innovative projects in South Florida, along with expert hosts who will share the back stories of these inspiring projects. Participants will see public, private, primary and secondary schools across Palm Beach county, including outdoor spaces for science and environmental studies and will experience these facilities first-hand; tour the buildings and meet the designers and school personnel.

Dr. Catherine Burke, a researcher and lecturer at the University of Leeds, UK, will keynote on "The School I´d Like: How Children View School Buildings." Dr., Burke´s research asked 15,000 students in England about their feelings on the designed environment of their school. She´ll share the results and conclusions from her research, much of which is surprising and contrary to expectations. Michael Hall will present the inspiring story of what a difference the vision of a man, and the facilities of a better school, can make in the lives of literally millions of Americans as he discusses the philanthropic endeavor funded by Sears Roebuck President Julius Rosenwald who helped create over 5,000 new public schools for poor rural African-Americans in the South, where school conditions were abysmal.
Several important environmental building issues will be discussed during the conference throughout the Green Track.

Michael Nicklas, FAIA, President and Co-Founder, Innovative Design, Inc. will present "The Green, The Bad and the Ugly: Learning from Mistakes in Sustainable Design." The schools designed by Mike Nicklas save over $3.5 million in energy and 35 million gallons of water every year. But there are some green building bloopers that Mike will share so others in the audience don´t make the same mistakes.

Lindsay Baker, LEED for Schools Program Manager, US Green Building Council will discuss the brand-new LEED rating system created specifically for K-12 schools that will be launched in early 2007. Lindsay will provide a first look at the final standard, along with authoritative guidance and expert advice from the people who set the standards.

The expo floor will feature a Recyclatorium, a unique collection of samples of sustainable materials which can be incorporated into school facilities.

Over 125 exhibitors will show products and materials for school facilities at the expo, including flooring, roofing, windows, walls, interior finishes, school furnishings, seating, sports floors, lighting, and much more. Attendees will have the opportunity to touch and feel the products, as well as to get detailed technical and specifying information from the exhibitors. More information is available at www.SchoolBuildingExpo.com or by calling (800) 746-9646.

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