Green Building: Intel IoT Sustainable Building Conference Connects Design Students to Industry Leaders

When it comes to sustainable building, time is of the essence. With the rapid growth of the IoT, and the rapid impacts of climate change, there is a great urgency for industry leaders to initiate an open dialogue on best practices, to network with future industry leaders of tomorrow, and to discuss ways to collaboratively work through challenges.

In keeping with that spirit, Intel is hosting the 2015 Intel Sustainable Buildings Conference on the Arizona State University (ASU) campus this week. Initiated by Intel’s Global Green Building Program Manager Taimur Burki, the three-day symposium unites several large manufacturers, including Intel, Colgate-Palmolive and Ameresco, around a larger discussion of sustainability in building design. Together, they’ll discuss with students why sustainable green building practices are the future of commercial building design.

Inspiring Sustainable Building Designers of Tomorrow

In cooperation with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and ASU’s School of Sustainability, Intel is bringing together a panel of leading industry and academic experts to share best-in-class practices for sustainable industrial and building design applications during the event. ASU students will have the opportunity to meet these industry experts to learn what they can do to best prepare for a career in the field. Participants will also have the opportunity to tour a lab demonstrating a chilled beam passive cooling system.

Intel Director of Smart Building Solutions in Intel’s Smart Home and Building Division, and ASU alumnus, Christine Boles, is the featured keynote speaker on Friday. Boles and her team are responsible for Intel’s smart building IoT business, including product and ecosystem strategies.

Intel Awarded LEED Gold Certification for Sustainable Building

The conference coincides with the presentation of a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification plaque – the internationally recognized stamp of approval from the USGBC – for a research and development facility on Intel’s campus in Chandler, Arizona. This gold-level rating, one of the highest-level LEED certifications, means a great deal those of us at Intel as we work to provide technology innovation and leadership within the green building community.

Using the connectivity of the IoT, Intel sees smart buildings as more than brick and mortar. Instead, the vision is that each building becomes an intelligent environment that will balance energy efficiency, comfort, safety and security.

Many thanks to all those attending this event. Intel welcomes opportunities for collaboration in the smart building design space as we continue to provide leadership and innovation for green, sustainable architecture.

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David McKinney

About David McKinney

Social Media Manager, Internet of Things (IoT) Group INTEL CORPORATION David is a 16 year veteran at Intel and currently the Social Media Manager for Intel’s Internet of Things Group (IoTG). Prior to his current position, David led the content creation enthusiast notebook marketing efforts where he defined product strategies to solve content creation workflow problems and establish Intel leadership in the Digital Content Creation (DCC) segment. David has held business development manager and marketing leadership positions in multiple Intel business groups, including the Intel field sales organization. Outside of work, David enjoys a number of hobbies ranging from hiking to volunteer work at the Oregon Humane Society along with the discovery of new technologies related to music creation and photography. You can follow David on Twitter: @dmckinney and continue the conversation on Twitter by following @IntelIoT and friend us on

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