Sylvia Wofford
Hanley Wood Exhibitions
(972) 536-6407

DALLAS – September 18, 2013 – CONSTRUCT, the only dedicated national event specifically designed to provide the commercial building team real-world, practical product and education solutions, supports Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) student research for the Net Zero Building Project by donating $750 to the Tennessee Concrete Association (TCA).

The Net Zero Building Project at TCA is being done in partnership with MTSU and a local group of sustainable construction advocates. The group utilized an Integrated Project Delivery method, including a design charette, to get input from a cross section of the community. The design produced a simple, sustainable, disaster-resistant building that can be used as permanent housing or constructed quickly after natural/manmade disasters such as an earthquake, flood, tornado, etc.  This structure could be implemented rapidly to aid in a disaster relief scenario or be stationed in the landscape as a place of refuge before an impending natural disaster.  It will also incorporate the principal of modularity to allow for future expansion once the emergency stage has passed.  Secondly, this shelter is built with the intention of showcasing net-zero energy consumption by using the thermal mass of concrete, thermal tempering of the fresh air supply, and natural convection to provide indoor comfort without an HVAC system. It also incorporates a small PV solar system to produce its own energy and showcases resilient design principles and healthy home finishes. This demonstration shelter allows researchers at MTSU to gather data from a multidisciplinary perspective.  Lastly, this shelter will provide a vehicle for undergraduate and graduate students to work in a living laboratory.

“TCA’s Net Zero home is an important project that our CONSTRUCT attendees will have an opportunity to visit and learn about.  We are excited to be able to support the project’s completion.”  Tom Cindric, Vice President, CONSTRUCT

“The Tennessee Concrete Association is excited about partnering with the Construct show to share our concrete Net Zero home with show attendees. We appreciate this opportunity and we appreciate Hanley Wood's donation of $750 to help us in completing the project.” Alan Sparkman, CAE, CCPf, LEED AP, Executive Director, Tennessee Concrete Association

About the Events
CONSTRUCT is your most cost effective strategy for combining educational opportunities with practical, real-world, product and service solutions for your business success.  This event is dedicated to the institutional, industrial and commercial building industry. If you design, build, specify, engineer, renovate or operate in the built environment, this is your event.

CONSTRUCT offers a relevant, accredited education program, an expansive exhibit hall floor filled with the latest services, products and technologies, as well as a myriad of networking opportunities.  In conjunction with the CSI Annual Convention, the event is coupled with technical tours, activities and special events.  CONSTRUCT is the only dedicated national event specifically designed to provide the commercial building team real-world, practical product and education solutions.

CONSTRUCT is produced by Hanley Wood Exhibitions, a division of Hanley Wood, LLC – a premier media and information company.  For additional information about registration call (866) 920-0208 or email   All other questions, contact CONSTRUCT at P.O. Box 612128, Dallas, Texas 75261-2128; call the main show line at (866) 920-0207 or (972) 536-6450; or visit

About the Sponsor
Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) is a national association dedicated to improving the documentation, management and communication of building information as used by the construction community.  CSI accomplishes its mission through the development of construction standards and formats such as MasterFormat and UniFormat; the promulgation of those formats through master guide specifications and building information management (BIM) software; training and certification programs, including the Construction Documents Technology (CDT) and Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA) exams; publication of Construction Specifier magazine; and an ever-expanding membership of decision-makers who identify and specify building product solutions.  CSI members include a cross-section of specifiers, architects, contractors, suppliers and other construction project professionals who are touched by construction documentation.

About Hanley Wood
Hanley Wood, LLC is the premier media, event, information and strategic marketing services company serving the residential, commercial design and construction industries. Through its operating platforms, the company produces award-winning digital and print publications, Newsletters, websites, marquee trade shows and events, Market Intelligence data and strategic marketing solutions. The company also is North America's leading publisher of home plans.