Bourbon Street, beignets, beads, and, now, builders. Green building pros from across the nation will descend on New Orleans this weekend for the NAHB’s 10th annual Nation Green Building Conference. The association expects more than 1,500 builders to show up for this year’s conference, which will take place May 10-13, besting last year’s conference in St. Louis by about 400 attendees.

“We’re breaking all attendance records for pre-registration,” says Calli Barker Schmidt, the NAHB’s director of environmental communications. “The growth of the show is pretty phenomenal.”

Highlights of the conference will include a tour of green homes, the Green Building Awards ceremony, and more than 60 educational sessions (nearly double the number from the NAHB’s green conference two years ago in Albuquerque, N.M.) that will range from building science to green remodeling to community development.

“It can be hard to come up with something new and different every year [for conferences] but with green building, there is going to be something new and different every year.”

Scheduled speakers include Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore; Michael A. Todman, president of Whirlpool North America; and Pernille Lopez, president of IKEA North America.

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