LSU AgCenter will hold 'green' building conference Sept. 29

Richard Bogren, Clement, Charles E.

News Release Distributed 08/10/09

The LSU AgCenter will hold a “green” building conference Sept. 29 at its Burden Center in Baton Rouge.

“The purpose of this meeting is to raise industry awareness to the many uses for wood products in green building projects,” said Dr. Charles Clément, a value-added forest products specialist with the AgCenter.

“There is a lot of talk about sustainable building materials,” Clément said, pointing out that green building materials are environmentally responsible because their effects are considered over the life of the product.

“Some of the factors that make these building materials desirable for use in sustainable building are resource efficiency, energy efficiency and affordability,” the forest products specialist added.

Clément said the meeting is presented to help the forest products industry target this new and fast-growing market and to introduce the many wood products on the market and provide information on locally available building materials.

He said the conference is aimed at architects, contractors, home builders, interior designers and members of the forest products industry.

“Discussion will allow wood products manufacturers to learn what requirements must be met for use in sustainably engineered projects, and it will allow industry professionals to learn more about existing products and how they compare to the more traditional materials such as steel and concrete,” Clément said.

Registration fees until Sept. 18 are $125 for non-students and $25 for students. After Sept. 18, fees are $150 for non-students and $30 for students.

The registration fee includes applicable continuing education credits, continental breakfast, coffee break and lunch.

More information is available from Clément at 225-578-4158 or and on LSU AgCenter Web site by going to and putting “green building conference” in the search box.

Rick Bogren

8/10/2009 5:39:22 PM
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