The 10th annual Alternative Building Materials and Design Conference and Expo (AltBuild Expo), featuring architects, builders, contractors, engineers, and landscapers in green building and design, will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St.
The Expo portion features over 150 hand-picked exhibitors covering green building and design materials; modular housing; repurposed goods; energy efficiency techniques and technologies; alternative energy; water conservation and management; environmental plumbing; municipal and state agencies; and nonprofit organizations.
The event also features a curated section of artisan materials and manufacturers, as well as an “ask an expert” segment at the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles booth.
Admission is free. Although anyone may attend either day, the programming for May 10 is geared toward the professional and on May 11, to the public.
Presented by the city of Santa Monica, the event highlights programming that serves both those already committed to, and those who are poised to enter, sustainable design.
This year’s lineup includes over 40 speakers such as Sustainable Sites Initiative Director Danielle Pieranunzi, architect/author Eric Corey Freed, and David Hertz, founder of Studio of Environmental Architecture, with architect/urban designer Isabelle Duvivier.
The conference features the Southern California debuts of Modular Lifestyles, some units of which have cut the costs of energy bills for tenants by as much as 90 percent or more; and Nexus EWater’s grey water treatment system, event organizers said.
Parking is $10 for automobiles, and free bike valet parking is available.
Information, including a schedule of activities, www.altbuildexpo.com, or (310) 390-2930.