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Greenbuild 2018: The Future of Sustainable Building Design

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Last week, the IDM team hit the Greenbuild floor, the nation’s largest conference and expo dedicated to sustainable building design and construction. We spent our time on-site talking to brands that are committed to thoughtful and ethical solutions that promote wellness and resiliency in construction and urban development.

Sustainability is the foundation of Greenbuild and each year the event brings together commercial and residential professionals, architects, interior designers, building owners and operators, students, advocates, and educators dedicated to sustainable building.

This is the only event genuinely dedicated to sustainability in the built environment, from the presentation sessions to the products on the show floor to the way the event is produced. The ideals, passion and sense of purpose among all in attendance was evident from the moment we walked onto the expo floor.

At IDM, we believe that people have the power to transform our world through innovation and implementation of breakthrough ideas. Greenbuild’s 2018 theme, “Human by Nature, The Intersection of Humanity & The Built Environment” put this belief into application by bringing innovative products to attendees who are ready to learn, network, and do business in a way that contributes to a prosperous and sustainable future.

The future of the human race is interlaced with the future of the planet, and the sustainable practices celebrated and advanced at Greenbuild remind us that our success as sustainability advocates, practitioners and professionals is more than a movement, it is a responsibility.

IDM was pleased to meet representatives from many companies leading the way in sustainable building. George Bandy is the Vice President of Commercial Marketing at Mohawk Group and Ivana Rosich is an Account Executive for the company. Our team discussed Mohawk’s sustainability practices with them including biophilic design and corporate sustainability.

Claudia Encinas is Marketing Manager at McCain Walls and took the time to demonstrate the clean design of their materials to the IDM team. The company manufactures green, reusable modular wall systems. Their eco-friendly walls are designed to reduce building material waste.

Startek Lighting designs beautiful LED lighting solutions. They are focused on maximum energy efficiency combined with aesthetic and a wide range of lighting options. Thomas Teel, Manager of Inside Sales for Startek Lighting, shared the range of designs and capabilities.

57st. design is a remarkable modern furniture company based in Chicago. IDM team met 57st. design Co-Founder and CEO Sam Devenport who explained the company’s business model. Customers can select classic and custom designed furniture pieces made in-house from a workshop on the Southside of Chicago. Designs are simple and made to last, and the company incorporates design circulation. They buy back furniture regardless of wear in exchange for store credit and resell the refurbished pieces.

Award-winning Los Angeles based clean technology company, DryWired, harnesses nanotechnology to create eco-friendly protective coatings for corporate and government clients. Larry Eichel, Sustainability Director at DryWired, and Jules Medina, Business Development Manager at DryWIred, gave IDM the inside scoop. Their coatings increase the energy efficiency of buildings, keeps surfaces cleaner, lessens e-waste and reduces city air pollution.

These amazing teams are moving us forward into a cleaner future. That’s why we make it our goal to help these innovative and purposive-driven brands succeed by helping them generate and keep specifications.

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