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The Portland Green Building Slam is presented by the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild.

Summit Sponsors

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9:00am - 9:30am // Registration, Coffee & Mingling
9:30am - 10:00am // Welcome
10:00am - 11:00am // Keynote
11:15am - 12:15pm // Educational Sessions 1 
12:15pm - 1:15pm // Lunch and Trade Show
1:30pm - 2:30pm // Educational Sessions 2
2:45pm - 3:45pm // Educational Sessions 3 
4:00pm - 5:00pm // Educational Sessions 4 
5:00pm - 7:00pm // Happy Hour and Trade Show


Join us Saturday, November 4th, for a day of sharing, chatting, toasting and note-taking. An opportunity to step outside your daily routine, get inspired by our fantastic speakers, and connect with sustainable building professionals from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. We're looking forward to learning from one another, sharing best practices, and re-energizing our vision to drive the green building movement forward. Registration includes light breakfast, lunch, and networking reception (with appetizers and drinks).

The Northwest EcoBuilding Guild is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community of builders, designers, suppliers, homeowners, and partners concerned with ecological building in the Pacific Northwest. The Guild empowers people through education to transform the built environment for long term sustainability.

Interested in leading a session at the Summit? Submissions are open!

Submissions are now open for the 2017 Slam. We don't need to know all the details just yet, but give us a little info about what you'd like to share with our community. We'll help you determine the rest! Click the button below to learn more about submission requirements and to submit.

2016 Sessions:

We're rallying up our 2017 keynotes and session presenters. Check back soon for an updated list.

In this engaging presentation, Jason will discuss cutting edge trends in green building from Living Building projects around the world – and then focus more deeply on the experience of designing, building and living in his own Living Building Home – Heron Hall on Bainbridge Island.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the session, attendees will be abl...

Everybody eats. Yet too little connects us with the food and farming that sustain us all.  Food is one of the most powerful ways people yearn for deeper, more vital connections. To feed that appetite, agri-hoods focus on community-cultivating, food-oriented development. 

This session will introduce agri-hoods (“agricultural neighborhoods”) a no...

Your multifamily project is complete. People move in. Your contract is closed. Your energy model looked good, but how is the building performing? Is waste management a breeze or a disaster for residents and the maintenance staff? How much water are the occupants using?

This panel will cover lessons learned from hundreds of existing multifamily build...

The BLOCK Project invites community into the task of ending homelessness by placing a BLOCK Home in the backyard of one single-family lot on every residentially zoned block within the City of Seattle. Each 125 sq ft home is beautifully designed to be off-grid, self-sufficient, and amenity-rich (featuring a kitchen, bathroom, sleeping area, solar-pa...

On June 1st, 2017, as President Trump announced US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, green building professionals met to say #WeAreStillIn! Using the Code Innovations Database project as a springboard for action, the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild and 15 organizations formed a new alliance with a singular goal: Zero Net Carbon Buildings for Al...

City Cabins at Abbott’s Alley will be the case study for my talk which will focus on the need to take our collective methods of forward building techniques out into

the greater world at large.  How does this play out in small town America where progressive ways of thinking and building are less prevalent than in big cities?

My premise is:  to speed u...

The dramatic increase in local demand for housing has sent home prices soaring, and left many homebuyers wondering how to live affordably in urban areas. Many people are now exploring alternatives housing models and co-buying opportunities to create affordable shared property ownership.

We’ll review alternative housing types including co-ops, co-hou...

Policy makers often rely on green home certification programs to incentivize green building.  However, most certifications are largely based on simulated energy models rather than measured post-occupancy energy use.

To better understand the impacts of green building, the Built Green program obtained data for every single-family and townhome built in...

This session contrasts two different approaches to ventilating two 50+ unit Passive House buildings currently in construction in Vancouver BC. The presentation considers the challenges and benefits of using individual HRV's (heat recovery ventilators) in each unit versus a semi-distributed approach of mid-sized HRV's over risers.

Topics covered will...

This session will provide an overview of residential energy storage and its current and future applications in the Northwest.  We’ll go into detail about next-generation battery solutions, including the Tesla Powerwall.

Whether you are interested in self-consumption of renewable energy like solar or in the security of emergency backup power for your...

This session will present comprehensive building enclosures with low carbon impact that provide durable airtightness, healthy indoor air, and best practices to minimize risk of rot/mold failures. We will discuss the science behind these systems and how they borrow best practices from Passive House, Living Future, and other leading standards.

The Her...

The Pacific Northwest is home to the most productive forests in North America, booming technology and housing industries, and the fastest growing cities in the country. How can we integrate technology and timber to make our region a global leader in smart building with wood?

This session will introduce the latest methods of digital fabrication of wo...

Ductless and ducted mini split technologies are becoming increasingly popular in our region, but common mistakes and assumptions can drastically limit their performance leading to comfort issues, increased energy consumption, and premature equipment failure.

Come learn how data and observations from regional pilot studies have identified key items t...

11 sessions are now approved for AIA CEU credits. Each session earns 1 LU/HSW (learning units/health safety welfare), which are the best to get. Attendees can earn 4 HSW credits in a single day and get fed!

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