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Matthew Coates featured speaker at Bellevue Homes and Lifestyles Show

January 16, 2011 Matthew Coates featured speaker at Bellevue Homes and Lifestyles Show

The Bellevue Homes and Lifestyles Show is taking place at Meydenbauer Center this weekend, January 21 – 23.  Matthew Coates, Coates Design Architects, is featured speaker on Friday, January 21 at 5:00 pm, and again on Saturday, January 22 at noon.  The title of Mr. Coates’ talk is Leading the Way Toward a Sustainable Future.

Synopsis of Leading the Way Toward a Sustainable Future:

Climate changes have dictated changes in the housing industry.

Mr. Coates reveals that houses are energy hogs.  Buildings consume (80%) of total energy used in the US.  This does not have to be the case, as we now have the technology to design and build homes and buildings that create their own energy, and can even create more energy than they consume.

Matthew Coates launched his firm after he won the international design competition, Cradle to Cradle (C2C).  Since inception, Coates Design Architects have encouraged clients to incorporate sustainable designs into their projects.  Matthew will talk about his personal journey to sustainability, from his hometown of Torch Lake, Michigan to present day. He will explain various systems and designs that can be incorporated into projects.

This motivational speech is inspiring and educational, and Matthew has given this speech several times, at Town Hall in Seattle with Ed Begley, Jr. and in Japan to developers and building suppliers.  Matthew has created a power point presentation to accompany this talk, featuring the Ellis Residence on Bainbridge Island (LEED Platinum.)  At the end of the day, everyone can make a difference if they will start with the small things (like switching to LED lights) and embrace bigger changes as their budgets allow.

In addition to his public speaking engagement, the Coates Design Architects team will be exhibiting in booth S9, (in the sustainable section of the trade show)  with staffers on hand to answer questions about sustainable design and green building techniques.

Bellevue Home and Garden Show, January 21 – 23.  Ticket info, maps, hours and parking online at  Leading the Way Toward a Sustainable Future, presented by Matthew Coates, AIA, LEED AP, Friday, January 21 at 5:00 pm, and Saturday, January 22 at noon (followed by Gardening Guru Ciscoe Morris)


The Ellis Residence, LEED Platinum Photo by Roger Turk