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Illinois LEED Buildings: Analyzing Post Occupancy Performance

Illinois LEED Buildings: Analyzing Post Occupancy Performance & Engaging Stakeholders in Building Performance (1.5 GBCI & AIA hours) Merchandise Mart Conference Center, 350 West Mart Center (2nd Floor), Chicago, IL 60654
Date: 29 Sep 2011 8:00 AM

Have you ever wondered if LEED projects in Illinois use resources more sustainably than other buildings?  In an effort to answer this, and similar, questions USGBC-IL and 4 regional partners undertook a collaborative, multi-year endeavor to analyze the post occupancy performance of LEED projects throughout the state.  The study metrics include: energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, water use, commute transportation, construction & operating costs, green premium, health & productivity impacts, and occupant comfort.

During the proposed education session members of the research team will share the findings from their evaluation of more than 50 LEED projects in Illinois. Doug Widener, executive director of USGBC-IL, will moderate the discussion and provide an overview of the Regional Green Building Case Study Project and Kathryn Eggers, program coordinator at CNT Energy, will present the results and conclusions garnered from two years of research.  The panel will also include at least one representative from a participating project to share what they learned through participation in this project.

The Regional Green Building Case Study Project is one of few post-occupancy studies to examine a broad scope of metrics and is among the first such studies to have a regional focus, to collect multiple years of data and to provide ongoing analysis to participants. The study is funded through the generous support of the Grand Victoria Foundation and the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation and is a collaborative, multi-year endeavor of the U.S. Green Building Council – Illinois Chapter and four regional partners.

Learning Objectives: At the end of the session, attendees will be able to...

Explain how building performance, and post occupancy evaluation, fit into broader conversations of green buildings and LEED certification
Describe the value of post occupancy evaluation from the perspective those who own, operate and manage a building
Identify two techniques used by this team that could be used to perform similar analysis in their region
Summarize two or three aggregate results from the Regional Green Building Case Study analysis of project energy usage, water usage, construction costs, occupant comfort and employee commute
Doug Widener, USGBC - Illinois Chapter (Moderator)
Kathryn Eggers, CNT Energy
Mark Bettin, Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc.
Ted Krasnesky, Pepper Construction

Continuing Education:
1.5 GBCI CE hours (project systems & energy impacts)
1.5 AIA HSW/SD hours

Registration Fee: (breakfast included)
$15 Chapter Members
$30 Non-Members
$10 Student Members

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