In recent years, the PHCP industry has responded to the growing demand for such innovation. Buildings account for about one-third of the energy consumed in the United States. Heating and cooling systems use 60 percent of this energy, while lights and appliances use another 40 percent. Manufacturing and transporting building materials requires additional energy. By carefully applying renewable energy systems, energy use in buildings can be reduced dramatically. These renewable energy practices save money, result in more attractive buildings, improve the environment and strengthen the economy by reducing the need for fossil fuels and nuclear energy (Union of Concerned Scientists, Clean Energy Report, August 10, 2005).
“Green products and services are becoming a major market segment in the industry and we’re pleased we can support manufacturers as they promote their efforts in this area,” said Jimmy Mouton, ISH North America’s show manager. “We are also reviewing the availability of educational and certification tracks for the building industry addressing such issues as the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System ™ certification and environmental construction and design. Our goal is to provide a product, educational and networking forum to attract all levels of the Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC), Plumbing/PVF and Kitchen & Bath buying industries.”
Held in conjunction with Network’08, ASA’s annual convention, ISH North America 2008 will take place October 1-3, 2008 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. For more information on both events, visit www.asa.net.