Gordon Gill and Jonathan Kraft to Discuss Energy and Buildings at Total Energy USA

HOUSTON, Nov. 13, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Total Energy USA, a new conference and exposition launching November 27-29 in Houston, Texas, announces that U.S. News & World Report Editor and Chief Content Officer, Brian Kelly, will moderate a discussion between business leader Jonathan Kraft and lauded architect Gordon Gill.

"Energy Production and Efficiency in Buildings," will address energy-related solutions for commercial, institutional and residential buildings operating at unsustainable energy consumption levels and will take place on November 29 at 9:00 a.m. CST.

Gordon Gill is one of the world's preeminent exponents of performance-based design. His work, which ranges from the world's largest buildings to elements of a single home, is driven by his philosophy that there is a language of performance: a purposeful relationship between design and the performance-based criteria placed on the subject.

A founding partner of award-winning Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, Gordon's work includes the design of the world's first net zero-energy skyscraper, the Pearl River Tower (designed at SOM Chicago), and the world's first large-scale positive energy building, Masdar Headquarters. These landmark projects achieve energy independence by harnessing the power of natural forces on site, striking a balance with their environmental contexts.

Jonathan Kraft is President of The Kraft Group, which has owned the New England Patriots since 1994 and, with over 5,000 employees on four continents, is active in many energy-related businesses.

Kraft Group property Patriot Place, a shopping, dining and entertainment destination adjacent to Gillette Stadium, will use a newly installed NRG Solar Canopy to generate clean, renewable power while also providing shade and cover for shoppers. Total Energy USA sponsor, NRG Energy partnered with The Kraft Group to design, develop and deliver a customized energy solution to position Patriot Place at the forefront of what many say is a new evolution in clean energy.

Moderator Brian Kelly is the Editor and Chief Content Officer of U.S. News & World Report, a print and digital publisher of news and information which reaches more than 8 million people a month. The company's products include the website usnews.com with its channels devoted to news & opinion, education, health, money and autos; the digital U.S. News Weekly; and a series of print newsstand books. He is the moderator of the U.S. News National Issues Briefings series.

The full conference program, which can be customized and shared socially by participants, is online: http://schedule.totalenergyusa.com

ABOUT TOTAL ENERGY USA: Total Energy USA is a new annual trade event, developed by the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau (GHCVB), that assembles all the energy sectors—fossil, renewable and nuclear—to provide a comprehensive look at the overarching, integrated energy solutions taking shape today. The event will be held annually in Houston beginning in 2012. For more information, please visit www.TotalEnergyUSA.com.

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