The end of summer tends to be marked by an increase in all types of activity, and this year is no exception for the home building industry. Fall is already filling up with a variety of trade shows, conferences, and other residential design and construction events. Here are a few to add to your calendar:

  • Sept. 17, Austin—Seminar: "Energy Modeling, a Design Tool." During Austin Energy Green Building's upcoming seminar, attendees will review several major energy simulation tools and learn about design integration of building performance simulation. Also, local experts will discuss the process of developing the design criteria for Guadalupe Saldana, an affordable, net-zero energy residential subdivision. The seminar runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All Austin Energy green building seminars are held at the Lower Colorado River Authority Dalchau Service Center. To attend, click here.
  • Sept. 30-Oct. 2, San Francisco—West Coast Green. The annual conference on green innovation for the built environment will be held at San Francisco's Fort Mason Center, along with a showcase of new and emerging sustainable products and technologies. The event offers numerous educational and networking opportunities and will feature speakers William McDonough, Michelle Kaufmann, and Panama Bartholomy. Register at
  • Oct. 2, Northeast region—Northeast Sustainable Energy Association 2010 Green Buildings Open House. NESEA's annual Green Buildings Open House offers participants in 10 states—from Maine to Pennsylvania—an inside look at homes and businesses that have made energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements. More than 500 green buildings were open to visitors during the 2009 event. Many of the host sites were designed or built by NESEA members. To find open house sites near your location, visit
  • Oct. 5-8, Albuquerque, N.M.—Restoration Industry Association Fall Conference. The conference will provide industry professionals with a science-based program of in-depth educational sessions and workshops on many facets of building science that impact structures undergoing restoration, as well as networking opportunities and the chance to test drive new technologies. Click here for complete program and registration information.
  • Oct. 18-20, Raleigh, N.C.—ReuseConex, the National Reuse Conference and Expo. The Reuse Alliance's first annual ReuseConex will gather experts from the reuse industry along with environmental educators, reuse and remanufacturing firms, green builders, reclaimed-material artists, sustainability consultants, and government representatives for an intensive series of educational sessions, workshops, reuse tours, a trade expo, and more programming. ReuseConex will be held at the Hilton North Raleigh. Visit for program and registration information.
  • Oct. 20-23, Chicago—Traditional Building Exhibition & Conference. Architects, contractors, historic restoration/renovation specialists, traditional-building owners, facilities managers, designers, planners and crafts people will come together at the Chicago Navy Pier for the 2010 Traditional Building Exhibition and Conference. This year's gathering will focus on how to make traditional buildings energy efficient while also preserving their historical character. More than 50 programs—including seminars, workshops, architectural tours, keynotes, and craftsmanship demonstrations—will revolve around this topic. Visit for program and registration information.
  • Oct. 27 (virtual event)—NAHB Fall Construction Forecast Conference. The National Association of Home Builders will hold a two-hour webinar to provide the most up-to-date, relevant housing market analysis delivered by speakers Eric Belsky, managing director, Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University; Maury Harris, managing director and chief U.S. economist, UBS; and David Crowe, Ph.D., chief economist, NAHB. Speakers will address the housing recovery's progress and forecast, the continuing impact of surplus housing inventory, looming housing policy issues, and regional housing prospects. NAHB members pay $29.95; nonmembers pay $49.95. Register at
  • Nov. 17-19, Chicago—Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. Greenbuild 2010 will offer a wide array of educational sessions for architects, builders, consultants, LEED professionals, and others involved in green building, including off-site training opportunities and LEED workshops. A residential summit will be held on Nov. 18, offering 15 educational sessions specifically developed for residential professionals, covering topics such as building science, marketing, production homes, and multifamily construction. Visit for the conference program and registration information.