CertainTeed was recently invited to participate in an event in Berkeley, California which could be the next rung on the ladder of sustainable building. The U.S. Regenerative Network was founded and is led by David Gottfried. Gottfried is considered a pioneer in the green building industry and is a founder of the U.S. Green Building Council.
The U.S. Regenerative Network brings together a select group of leading non-competitive product manufacturers and service providers from the green building industry to form an innovation incubator.
The Network brings together:
- Product Manufacturers and Building Service Providers (Network Members)
- Real Estate Portfolio Owners (Network Affiliates)
- Architects, Engineers, Contractors (Network Affiliates)
- Green building and sustainability Experts (Network Experts)
- Staff (Network Coordinators)
At the event in Berkeley, there were a variety of activities designed to bring together emerging needs and technologies. The activities allowed world class manufacturers to brainstorm with each other as well as to engage with pioneering designers and construction professionals. The very nature of the organization allows for deep and meaningful engagements, which usually take years of relationship building, to occur very quickly. It reminds me of the difference between velocity and acceleration. As sustainability begins to accelerate, we see an increasing rate of change in change and we must keep up. If not, the pioneers are going to take an awful lot of arrows and our growth will come to a stop. This is a true next generation effort to bring together non-competitive stakeholders to engage in collaboration and best practices toward the creation of exceptional buildings.
The race to zero energy has been won. We can do zero energy buildings. We can do zero carbon footprint but can we regenerate and actually move beyond negative or neutral to become positive? This is exciting stuff.
Lucas Hamilton is Manager, Building Science Applications for CertainTeed Corporation