BOSTON-A community angling to be on the edge of the green building revolution will host a special forum tomorrow, May 16, assessing the movement’s progress. Moderated by Real Estate Media’s national online editor John Salustri, the mid-day event at the Back Bay Sheraton will cap off the RealShare Boston conference.

Real Estate Media organizes this conference series and publishes, Real Estate Forum as well as a number of other industry specific publications.

Attendees will hear from Bergmeyer Associates’ VP and architect Michael Davis, who is credentialed for the LEED standard established by the US Green Building Council as well as Cresa Partners’ SVP Greg O’Brien, who will represent the user side of environmentally friendly properties, a perspective gleaned from his firm’s focus on tenant services, while City of Boston environmental chief James Hunt will offer the municipal outlook. As head of Boston’s Environmental & Energy Services program, Hunt is Mayor Thomas Menino‘s point person on a sweeping initiative to ensure future construction adheres to green building best practices as set by USGBC.

“The conversation will touch on the critical issues of green as it pertains to the Boston market,” Salustri says. Projects exceeding 50,000 sf will have to be built to the basic LEED standard, and public work will have to achieve the more stringent silver rating. Those regulations, the associated costs and the return-on-investment will be addressed in the dialogue, explains Salustri, as well as the adoption of a triple bottom line.

As Bergmeyer’s first LEED-accredited professional and a self-proclaimed “instigator” of a 2003 task force convened by Menino to assess green policies, Davis has been at the forefront of the swift environmental evolution in commercial real estate, rapid changes he says developers are finally accepting and increasingly embracing.

“One way or another, I think they are coming around,” says Davis, who hopes to further assuage the industry that the benefits outweigh any upfront cost. Bergmeyer, which now has some 20 of its 80 staffers LEED certified, is finding more RFP’s require the pedigree, says Davis, adding that the concept has infiltrated all major product types, including multi-family and retail. Heretofore, academic and institutional clients had been the most ardent supporters of green development, and Davis says he believes the acceptance by the private sector is being further enhanced by the growing outcry to stem global warming and shrinking natural resources. “It’s becoming a mom-and-apple pie subject,” Davis says.

Entitled, “What Building Green Means to You,” the RealShare forum will begin at 12:20 p.m. simultaneous to the luncheon sessions that will cap the half-day program. RealShare Boston is at the Sheraton at 39 Dalton St. and begins at 7 a.m. with a welcome breakfast, followed by opening remarks from RealShare Conference Series director Rich Kelley and the keynote address by economist and urban policy specialist Barry Bluestone.

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