Total Energy USA
September 24, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Gordon Gill and Jonathan Kraft to Discuss Energy and Buildings at Total Energy USA Houston, Texas. Total Energy USA, a new conference and exposition launching November 27-29 in Houston, Texas, announces that Brian Kelly of U.S. News and World Report will moderate a discussion between business leader Jonathan Kraft and lauded architect Gordon Gill. "Energy Production and Efficiency in Buildings", will address energy-related solutions for commercial, institutional and residential buildings operating at unsustainable energy consumption levels and will take place on November 29 at 9:00 a.m. CST.
Gordon Gill is one of the world’s preeminent exponents of performance- based design. His work, which ranges from the world’s largest buildings to elements of a single home, is driven by his philosophy that there is a language of performance: a purposeful relationship between design and the performance-based criteria placed on the subject.
A founding partner of award-winning Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, Gordon’s work includes the design of the world’s first net zero-energy skyscraper, the Pearl River Tower (designed at SOM Chicago), and the world’s first large-scale positive energy building, Masdar Headquarters. These landmark projects achieve energy independence by harnessing the power of natural forces on site, striking a balance with their environmental contexts.
Jonathan Kraft is President of The Kraft Group, which does business in more than 90 countries and has more than 5,000 employees. The Kraft Group’s holdings include the New England Patriots, Gillette Stadium and Patriot Place.
Patriot Place, a shopping, dining and entertainment destination adjacentto Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., will use a newly installed NRG Solar Canopy to generate clean, renewable power while providing shade and cover for guests. The canopy is one piece of an NRG solar installation that will provide 60 percent of Patriot Place’s electricity. NRG Energy partnered with The Kraft Group to design, develop and deliver a customized energy solution to position Patriot Place at the forefront of what many say is a new evolution in clean energy.
“As solar power evolves from an emerging technology to a proven one, a range of tailored solutions are taking shape. A good example is Patriot Place,” said Jason Few, Chief Customer Officer of NRG and Chairman of the Total Energy USA 2012 Executive Committee. “Total Energy USA provides a platform where discussions can take place about how facilities can generate electricity using renewable energy technology while also making a statement about the importance of reducing environmental impact.”
Moderator Brian Kelly is the Editor and Chief Content Officer of U.S. News & World Report, a print and digital publisher of news and information which reaches more than 8 million people a month. The company’s products include the website usnews.com with its channels devoted to news & opinion, education, health, money and autos; the digital U.S. News Weekly; and a series of print newsstand books. He is the moderator of the U.S. News National Issues Briefings series.
The full conference program, which can be customized and shared socially by participants, is online: http://schedule.totalenergyusa.com
ABOUT TOTAL ENERGY USA: Total Energy USA is a new annual trade event, developed by the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau (GHCVB), that assembles all the energy sectors—fossil, renewable and nuclear—to provide a comprehensive look at the overarching, integrated energy solutions taking shape today. The event will be held annually in Houston beginning in 2012. For more information, please visit www.TotalEnergyUSA.com.
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