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USA: The 4th German American Energy Efficiency Conference Announces Speakers for 2011

Published at: Nov 22, 2011
source: GACC South Houston Office

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The 4th German American Energy Efficiency Conference is pleased to confirm Michael Mills (Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance), Stephen Skalko (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers), Christina Sage (Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics) and Dr. Tobias Bube (Rolf Disch SolarArchitecture) as the keynote speakers for 2011.

Houston, TX. November 22, 2011 – The German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern US, Inc. (GACC South) is proud to announce the keynote speakers for the upcoming 4th German American Energy Efficiency Conference in Houston, TX on December 6, 2011.

Continuing in the pattern of such successful events as the Texas Offshore Wind Energy Roundtable (TOWER) and the traveling pavilion, “Das Haus”, the GACC South has secured heavyweights in the energy efficiency field from both Germany and the US. Conference participants and attendees will undoubtedly benefit from the breadth and scope of the content from these speakers.

Speaking in the morning will be Mr. Michael Mills, President of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA).Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, SEEA is a leading promoter of energy efficiency in one of the nation’s fastest growing regions.

Dr. Tobias Bube of Rolf Disch SolarArchitecture in Germany will present the concept of “Plusenergy”, which will focus on the latest architectural developments in the energy efficiency industry and how buildings can become much more than mere structures but rather also produce energy.

Ms. Christina Sager of the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics will also be flying in from Germany. Her presentation’s topic will mainly be about “Low Exergy Systems” and how they apply to energy efficient buildings and communities.

Closing out the keynote speakers will be Mr. Stephen V. Skalko, the Chair of Standing Standards Project Committee 90.1 of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

All of the keynote speakers will take part in a panel discussion on energy efficiency in buildings at the end of the conference.

As new energy efficiency initiatives are both made and loom on the horizon, the 4th German American Energy Efficiency Conference seeks to educate professionals and all interested parties on the latest developments and technologies in energy efficiency from both sides of the Atlantic.

This could be particularly useful for American companies and individuals. With its share of the global energy use at nearly 25%, the United States is the second largest energy consumer in the world. Buildings alone in the US account for 72% of electricity consumption, as well as 40% of energy use and all carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

Texas has the highest energy consumption in the US and also produces the most carbon dioxide. In the course of the last couple of years, the state has therefore started several energy efficiency initiatives. For example, the City of Houston has initiated an Energy Efficiency Incentive Program, which offers financial incentives to building owners and managers for administering energy efficiency measures. Furthermore, many cities, including Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, Houston and Plano, now require the implementation of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Standards for new buildings.

The GACC South invites manufacturers, architects, engineers, wholesalers, contractors, real estate agents and property developers, as well as government and association representatives to register for this event. Registration for this free event is still open, but it is limited to 100 attendees.

For more information and to register, please visit www.gacctexas.com.

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Contact Person:
Julia Schulz
German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern US, Inc.
1900 West Loop South, Suite 1185
Houston, TX 77027
Phone: +1 (832) 384-1211
Fax: +1 (713) 715-6599
E-Mail: jschulz@gaccsouth.com
URL: www.gacctexas.com

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About the German American Chambers of Commerce:

The German American Chambers of Commerce (GACCs) in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco all work together under the AHK USA network. With approximately 2,500 members and an extensive national and international business network, the GACCs offer a broad spectrum of activities and services. AHKs are closely connected to the Chambers of Industry and Commerce (IHKs) in Germany.  The German Chamber Network (AHK) provides experience, connections, and services worldwide through 120 locations in 80 countries. 

The German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern US, Inc., Houston office works mainly with companies in the energy sector, especially in Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency, and organizes several annual conferences and other events in these fields.

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