The 2014 Alabama’s Better Living Expo (ABLE) was held recently at the Montgomery Convention Center. As Alabama’s only industry trade show devoted to making the state’s construction industry more sustainable and profitable, the annual event is truly a pioneer of sorts for our state. Hosted this year by the Home Builders Association of Alabama (HBAA) and partnering associations representing architects, engineers, general contractors, HVAC, and other trades, the Better Living Expo is also one of the Southeast’s largest conference focusing on sustainability and energy efficient technology. It offers attendees the opportunity to earn continuing education credits in a variety of subjects related to resource efficiency and renewable technologies.
“The motivation behind starting ABLE was to provide a forum for the open discussion of energy efficiency and green building related issues by members of the construction industry and others,” said Artemis Moore, Marketing Director for ABLE and Foundation Director for AHB at Home Builders Association of Alabama. “It was also a way to expose attendees to the latest products and services related to green building.”
Unlike other conferences, ABLE is formed each year as a partnership endeavor among Alabama’s residential and commercial construction industries. ABLE also offers a variety of educational opportunities featuring guest speakers who are leading experts in their fields, an opportunity that can be difficult to find elsewhere. On average, more than 100 hours of education is offered at ABLE where workshop instructors are dedicated to crafting targeted course information. Many of the sessions are even eligible for continuing education credits for professional organizations.
“Each year the conference continues to grow and evolve, and the number of attendees and exhibitors has grown each year,” said Moore. “We have also seen an increase in the quality of education offered along with the number of qualified CE units available to various industry groups.”
In addition to providing top-notch education, ABLE features more than 50,000 square feet of exhibit space where attendees can see firsthand the newest innovations in sustainable and energy efficient products and services. ABLE is not a home show, but rather a trade show marketed exclusively to industry professionals, providing exhibitors with access to key decision makers in the fields of construction, architecture, engineering, HVAC contracting and other trades.
“We hope that attendees walk away knowing how they can implement energy efficiency or green building technology into their projects in an affordable way and marketable fashion,” said Moore.
Also, check out what a few of the vendors had to share at the ABLE Expo: