By Christopher Walker

The NAHB Research Center's Fourth Annual Green Building Conference is scheduled for March 24-26 in Seattle. In addition to a product exhibition, the conference will feature an educational program on environmentally responsible building, including sessions focusing on building for energy efficiency and reduced maintenance. "I have a high regard for this kind of event," says Kate O'Brien of O'Brien and Company, a consulting firm specializing in green building issues. "The bar is going up," says O'Brien, referring to rising standards for green building programs across the nation. "[Contractors who attend the conference] see the regulations coming and want to be ahead of it."

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