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BuildingEnergy 11 - Building Efficiency in Germany and the U.S.

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03/08/11 | 09:00 AM
| 01:00 PM
Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, Massachusetts


The German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (GACC) was pleased to host the Building Efficiency in Germany and the U.S. workshop in cooperation with the Building Energy 11 conference in Boston, MA.  The event, which took place on Tuesday, March 8th, featured presentations from German and American energy efficiency experts as well as German efficient building companies who are preparing to enter the US market.  Over 80 participants engaged the speakers who included the Vice Mayor of Cambridge, MA, Henrietta Davis and Dr. Manfred Hegger, of the University of Darmstadt in Germany, as well as company representatives such as Stephan Tanner of Intep, who built the first passive house in the US and Martin Wilhelm of bb22, who has developed a green urban planning design that has already been implemented in Frankfurt, Germany.  The discussions raised awareness on both sides about the exciting developments that are taking place both in Germany and the United States.  A focus on passive houses showed that they are now becoming quite affordable in Germany and are quickly gaining interest and support in the U.S. as well.

The eight companies who presented at the workshop stayed in the Boston area for the rest of the week and met with strategic partners in the architecture and construction, real estate, and product distribution sectors to determine how they could best develop a market for their products in the New England region.

The program was part of an initiative funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) to support the international growth of German energy efficient building companies.  This program follows the German American Energy Efficiency Conference, which was held in New York City in April 2009, sponsored by the same initiative.  Supporting partners for the Building Efficiency in Germany and the U.S. workshop included eclareon, the German Consulate General Boston, the German American Business Council Boston, the German Center for Research and Innovation, and the New England Sustainable Energy Association.

Please click on the presentation titles below to view a PDF version of each speaker’s presentation. 
9:00am        Welcome Speech
                     Dr. Michael Blank, Vice President of the German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
9:05am        Energy Efficiency in Germany – A Brief Introduction
                     Antje Kramer, Consultant by order of the Energy Efficiency Initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology
9:15am        Growth of Political Support for Energy Efficiency in the U.S.
                     Henrietta Davis, Vice Mayor of Cambridge, MA
9:40am        Building Efficiency in Boston
                     Marcus Springer, Co-Founder of Linnean Solutions
10:05am      German Energy Efficiency Industry Session
                    - bb22 architects + urban planners, Martin Wilhelm, Managing Partner
                    - ehret + klein, Michael Ehret, Managing Director
                    - Holz & Form, Swen Kaiser, Chief Executive Officer
                    - HOMATHERM, Mark Bomberg, Consultant
                    - intep, Stephan Tanner, Managing Director & Partner
                    - ENERsign / Quantum Builders, Michael Hoexter, Products Specialist
                    - Prismaplex, Raphael Almeida, Head of International Sales
                    - Raico, Wolfgang Elfner, Sales Director Export
11:00am      Design & Operation of Energy-Efficient Buildings
                     Prof. Norbert Fisch, Head of the institute fo Building Services, Energy Design and Solar Technology at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany & CEO of Energy Design, Asia
11:20am      Innovation and the U.S. Market for Energy Efficient Building Technologies
                    Dr. Kurt W. Roth, Head of Building Energy Efficiency Group at the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE)
11:40am      Smart Buildings, Smart Cities – Sustainable and Energy-Efficient Architecture in Germany
                     Prof. Manfred Hegger, Head of Energy-Efficient Building Unit at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany & Solar Decathlon Winner 2007 & 2009
12:00am      Panel – “Energy Efficiency Technology and Passive House Implementation”
                     Prof. Fisch, Dr. Roth, Prof. Hegger

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