Custom builders looking for ways to expand, improve, or green their business have two opportunities to take courses, view new products and technologies, and network with peers. Greenbuild, an annual conference on sustainable building practices, takes place in San Francisco this year and includes a residential summit. During the three-day conference and product exposition, more than 30 sessions will be presented on residential topics. Highlights relevant to builders doing single-family custom projects include:

  • Do Residential Energy Conservation Upgrades Improve Health?

  • The PEOPLE Side of Sustainability: A Behavior-Based Approach to Green Building

  • How to Turn Home Buyers into Green Home Buyers

  • Water Reuse & Energy Optimization: LEED Interactive Session

  • Turning Turf into a Tool to Manage Stormwater and Nutrients

  • Retrofitting for Success

  • Measured Performance of 10 Deep Energy Retrofit Homes

  • Vision 2020: Research Projections, Metrics, and Milestones

A conference for builders closer to the East Coast is ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX)—being held the same weekend—which also has myriad presentations for home builders. This conference and trade show, formerly known as Build Boston, has been around for more than two decades. Education topics such as sustainability, building technology, codes, materials, and business practices will be covered. Residential classes include:

  • Green and Energy-Efficient Construction and Remodeling

  • Workplace Safety and Lead-Safe Practices

  • Designs and Devices for Aging at Home

  • Three Pathways to High-Performance Homes

  • Estimating for Contractors