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2012 BGC

2012 Building Green Chicago Conference & Expo

Tuesday May 22

Chicago Mart Plaza (Apparel Center)

7:30 am – 1:00 pm

Thank you to all of our attendees, sponsors and everyone who participated in the 2012 Building Green Chicago Conference and Expo. We hope to see you all again in 2013.

Attention LEED Professionals:
This program is pre-approved for 4.0 GBCI continuing education hours.

The 2012 speakers include:

Rosemarie Andolino
Commissioner, Chicago Department of Aviation
David Buss
Certified Geothermal Designer, Water Furnace International
Jenny Carney
Principal, YR&G
Paige Finnegan
Senior Program Manager, Franklin Energy
John Mansfield
Outreach Lead, Resource Solutions Group
Rodney Petrick
Trustee, Chicagoland Roofing Council
Elizabeth Scanlan
Director of Code Development, Chicago Department of Buildings
John Schaefer
Director of Public Works, Village of Homewood
Karen Weigert
Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Chicago
Jay Wrobel
Executive Director, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

Building Green Chicago Agenda

8:00 am Keynote Addresses: Karen Weigert and Rosemarie Andolino.

The Windy City strives to be the greenest city in the world. Learn about Chicago’s sustainability efforts from Karen Weigert, Chicago’s Chief Sustainability Officer, and Rosemarie Andolino, Chicago’s Commissioner of the Department of Aviation. From massive infrastructure investments to retrofits and recycling, Weigert and Andolino will share how the City integrates sustainability into its decisions to accelerate economic development and improve residents’ quality of life.


9:00 am Geothermal Energy: Unearthing Lower Energy Costs for All Projects

Geothermal heat pump systems use the earth’s thermal properties to provide unmatched efficiency and operate more efficiently than conventional heating and air conditioning systems. For every unit of electricity the system uses, it provides three to four units of heating energy—an efficiency of 300% to 400%. Geothermal systems also eliminate the combustion of fossil fuels on site and dramatically lower the need for power generation. This session will explore the design, installation and operation of geothermal systems in the commercial, residential and industrial markets.


10:30 am New Standards for Sustainable Construction are Here. Are You Ready?

This session will discuss the coming changes to the International Energy Conservation Code, the Illinois Energy Conservation Code and the Chicago Energy Conservation Code. Among the many changes is a requirement for blower door tests on new construction to verify air-tightness of the building envelope, a novel procedure for many developers and contractors. The session will also look at the forthcoming updates to LEED, expected later this year.


11:30 am Utility Rebates that Put Cash in Your Pocket

There are numerous changes a property owner can make to improve the building’s energy profile, but some of those changes may be financially unattainable. Most utilities now offer rebates that are specifically driven to reduce consumption. The most common rebates are equipment installation by contractor, multi-family direct installs, energy audits and on-bill financing. Utility companies serving Northern Illinois like Nicor, Peoples Gas, ComEd and Ameren all offer these types of rebates. The free money is out there, it just take some alternative strategies and thinking outside the box to find them.

For information on sponsorship opportunities,

contact Kevin Good 312-644-6976 or Ernie Abood 312-644-7119.

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