The Big Easy was an easy location for Greenbuild 2014, according to organizers.

The Oct. 22-24, 2014, event at the Ernst N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans attracted 17,507 people and 552 exhibitors taking up 142,000 square feet of floor space.

Among the show floor’s highlights was the Greenbuild Living Home, a modular house with green HVAC made to platinum-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design building standards. It was given to a housing charity in the city’s Lower Ninth Ward.

The floor also included the “Net Zero Zone,” a 1,500-square-foot zero energy building pavilion using solar power, nine educational sessions and two demonstration stages.

“At the heart of all activities that took place during Greenbuild, sustainability remained at the forefront of this year’s event and each participant walked away with fresh motivation and inspiration, equipped with the most cutting-edge knowledge in the market,” said Lindsay Roberts, the show’s director.

Show organizers Hanley Wood and the U.S. Green Building Council booked 240 educational sessions, numerous tours of the surrounding area and three keynote speakers, including New Orleans Mayor Mitchell Landrieu, acting U.S. Surgeon General Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak and Dr. Deep Chopra, an expert in mind and body medicine.

“Every year, we strive to bring world-class education and programming to the green building community and maintain the standards that make Greenbuild the most sustainable building conference in the world,” said Kate Hurst, the USGBC’s director of conferences and events. “With more than 240 education sessions, every member of the green building community had an opportunity to focus on topics that mattered to them at this year’s show.”

Roberts said the Crescent City was an excellent location for the annual sustainable construction event.

“New Orleans offers a very unique experience for Greenbuild that no other city in the nation can provide,” she said. “The southern hospitality, culture, history, music, food and spirit of the city perfectly captured the resilience and energy that continues to propel the green movement forward.”

 This year’s Greenbuild will take place Nov. 18-20 in Washington, D.C. Organizers said 325 exhibitors have already booked 100,000 square feet of exhibit space.