With technology changing so rapidly, it can be difficult to decide where and when to make investments. Hosted on Aug. 26, 2016 at The California Endowment, the Los Angeles Better Buildings Challenge (LABBC) 4th Annual Building Technology Showcase, featured fast-pitch presentations from leading technology companies selected for inclusion in the LABBC SoCal Edge initiative based on rigorous third-party testing in government and commercial buildings.
With over 120 in attendance, the audience spanned a diverse mix of professionals including property owners and managers, technology companies, utilities, City staff, and sustainability professionals. The event began with networking and a building technology expo, featuring over 20 exhibit tables.
The program opened with remarks from LABBC Director Jeff Gould, who described the shared goals of the City, the utilities, the LABBC and LABBC Partners to achieve 20 percent energy and water savings by 2020. In order to help meet those goals, the LABBC Building Technology Showcase provides an opportunity for building owners, managers and engineers to quickly get up to speed on third-party-vetted technologies that could benefit their buildings.
Keynote speaker Marc Gittleman, Senior Vice President – Third Party Services at Rising Realty Partners, discussed his experience with building technologies from the owner’s perspective.
“We have an opportunity to tell a phenomenal story here in LA… We need to be more aggressive in how we’re going to be using technology when underwriting buildings.”
A noted expert in real estate innovation, Marc’s creative leadership in implementing advanced technologies has garnered national attention for Rising and is recognized as one of the most innovative developers in Los Angeles.
“As decision makers and influencers, we need to advocate for technologies to innovate and move forward – technology needs to be a tool to get us to our goals” Mark stated in his Keynote address.
The program continued with sixteen fast-pitch presentations from leading energy and water efficiency technology companies. With only three minutes to speak, each company gave a quick download on their technology including: technology application, features and benefits, case studies, ROI, demonstration opportunities, and contact information.
The program concluded with final remarks from Jeff Gould and a networking and exhibitor reception.
Nominations for the LABBC’s 3rd Annual Innovation Awards, which will be held on February 28, 2017, are due by December 31, 2016 to [email protected].