What 2015 Trade Conferences Will You Attend?

RTAblog_2013_0925_ConferencePlease leave a comment at the bottom of this blog post to share conferences you’re planning to attend!

Each year brings a collection of interesting national conferences that provide opportunities for learning, fellowship and an exchange of best practices. Many “industry” conferences are open to the public and offer beginner courses appropriate for folks without technical knowledge. We hope this list of conferences will inspire you to find a conference and get involved!

Arranged by date:

Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishing Market
January 6-13 in Atlanta

International Builders Show + Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS)
January 20-22 in Las Vegas

RESNET Building Performance Conference
February 16-18 in San Diego

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Hot Water Forum
February 22-24 in Nashville

Abilities Expo
March 6-8 in Los Angeles with later dates in other cities.

Greenprints by Southface Energy Institute
March 11-12 in Atlanta

Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA)
March 16-19 in Grapevine, TX

EcoFocus Film Festival
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U.S. DOE National Energy Codes Conference
March 23-26 in Nashville

Aging in America Conference
March 23-27 in Chicago

Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) 23
April 29-May 1 in Dallas|Ft. Worth

ACI National Home Performance Conference
May 5-7 in New Orleans

AIA National Convention
May 14-16 in Atlanta

National Healthy Homes Conference by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
To Be Determined

Appraisal Institute (AI) Connect
July 27-29 in Dallas

Custom Residential Architect Network (CRAN) Symposium
September 19-23 in Minneapolis

Remodeling Show|Deck Expo
September 30 – October 2 in Chicago

National Preservation Conference
November 3-5 in Washington, D.C.

National Association of REALTORS® Conference & Expo
November 13-16 in San Diego

Greenbuild by U.S. Green Building Council
November 18-20 in Washington, D.C.

Some conferences offer streaming of some or all presentations. For example, the entire 2014 CRAN Symposium was streamed online for free. While it’s not the same as being in the room, it can be a good way to learn if you can’t be in the room.

Many of the conferences also offer an exposition or trade floor with exhibits, booths and displays from vendor sponsors. If you just bought a pass to the expo, you could spend the day wondering the floor of a larger show just looking at products and services (without sitting in any of the education sessions).

Please leave a comment below to let us know if we’ve missed any conferences or events. The conferences we’ve listed are in the United States – feel free to mention conferences in other countries.  What conferences and events would you like to attend in 2015? Thanks!

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