Buildings are responsible for about half of the greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. That means there is a lot of room for innovation from entrepreneurs and startups when it comes to making our homes, offices, commercial and industrial buildings greener; technology can make them more energy-efficient and help with more sustainable construction practices. A lot of these companies are here at West Coast Green, one of the biggest green building conferences in the U.S., that kicks off today in San Jose, Calif. The morning sessions saw speeches from San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed (who again asked cleantech firms to call him) and photographer Chris Jordan, whose art focuses on consumerism.
The Earth2Tech team is here at the show as a media sponsor, and we’re hanging out in the exhibitors hall at booth #236, if you want to come by and say hi. We’re also throwing a party in conjunction with West Coast Green near the convention center tonight and inviting all the hot entrepreneurs, innovators and investors in the green building space. We’ve got just a couple spots left on the party list, so if you really want to party with us and the green building innovators, get in touch with us (katie at gigaom dot com).
Finally, we’re happy to announce that our fantastic new special projects editor Celeste LeCompte has helped us put together an awesome 23-page report about the future of the Smart Energy Home and how information technology will provide the building blocks for a revolution in home energy efficiency. OK, so I’m biased, but this thing seriously rocks. Here’s the cover and we’ll be putting the website so you can purchase it later on this afternoon (update: available now here). If you want to learn about up and coming companies in the smart home energy space or even want to remake your own home with energy monitoring systems, you’ve got to check this out.