July 29, 2014

Haas Faculty to Headline Green Building Symposium, Dec. 2-3

Green office building
A San Francisco office building that incorporates green building practices

A two-day international symposium on “Green Building, The Economy, and Public Policy” will highlight the Haas School's leadership in the growing convergence of sustainability and energy efficiency with the real estate industry.

Haas School faculty will gather with public and private sector leaders from the US and abroad for the symposium on Dec. 2 and Dec. 3 at the David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley. Registration, which includes breakfast, lunch, and refreshments, is free for UC students and staff and $95 for all others.

Haas Professor John Quigley, director of the Berkeley Program on Housing & the Urban Economy, will open the symposium, followed by a keynote presentation on green building by California Energy Commissioner Arthur Rosenfeld, which will be moderated by Dean Richard Lyons. Other Haas professors sharing their expertise include Severin Borenstein, Lucas Davis, Robert Helsley, Dwight Jaffee, Nancy Wallace, and Catherine Wolfram.

Panels will explore green labeling in real estate, investment strategy, residential energy consumption, technology, and building codes. Panelists include representatives from CB Richard Ellis, Webcor Builders, the US Green Building Council, TIAA-CREF Global Real Estate, and Wal-Mart.

The Haas School's Fisher Center for  Real Estate and Urban Economics is co-sponsoring the event with the Berkeley Program on Housing and Urban Policy, Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy, and the European Centre for Corporate Engagement at the Netherlands’ Maastricht University.

The symposium grew out of research by Quigley and Professor Piet Eicholtz of Maastricht University, which found that the market is willing to pay a premium for green buildings. It also reflects Haas’ increasing expertise on green building and energy research, says Larry Rosenthal, executive director of the Berkeley Program on Housing and Urban Policy.

“This has become a key emphasis in the real estate group, and you are not going to find that many places in the business school world where that is the case,” Rosenthal says.

For a detailed schedule or to register, visit urbanpolicy.berkeley.edu/greenbuilding.htm.

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