Thank you for attending the 2012 GREENER BY DESIGN Conference and Expo. Below you will find links to both the presentations and the GBCI how to documents. Click on the education session title to find the presentation. To view the how to document to self-report your GBCI hours click on the category under each session description. AIA hours will be reported directly to AIA within two weeks of the conference.




Session Descriptions & Presenters

Are Illinois’ LEED buildings performing sustainably? Post-Occupancy Results from 50 LEED Projects (Room A | 8:00 am – 9:30 am)
Have you ever wondered how LEED projects in Illinois are performing? In an effort to answer this (and similar) questions, the USGBC – Illinois Chapter and four regional partners undertook a collaborative, multi-year endeavor to analyze the post occupancy performance of LEED projects throughout the state. The study represents nearly 25 percent of the state’s LEED-certified projects and the metrics include: energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, water use, commute transportation, construction and operating costs, green premium, health and productivity impacts, and occupant comfort. During the education session members of the research team will share the findings from their evaluation of over 50 LEED projects in Illinois. Presenters will provide an overview of the Regional Green Building Case Study Project and present the results and conclusions garnered from two years of research.
GBCI Category: Project Systems & Energy Impacts OR Improvements to the Indoor Environment
Presenters: Helen Kessler, HJKessler Associates; Nicole Del Sasso, CNT Energy and Alan Saposnik, Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation.

Integrating Green Building Analysis into BIM (Room B | 8:00 am – 9:30 am)
As more architecture firms adopt BIM as a part of their project work flow, the ability to perform sophisticated analyses of a building’s performance increases dramatically. This seminar will focus on how BIM technology can be used to analyze a building for the purpose of sustainable design, architectural programming, code checking, and facility management. Other topics will include how a BIM project's workflow can act as a catalyst for creating a collaborative approach to sustainable design, architectural programming, and facility management; software tools that integrate with BIM models in order to extend analytical scope within these disciplines; how a BIM model can be used for building analysis; code checking and certification standards; and how to share your BIM model to work with consultants.
GBCI Category: Project Systems & Energy Impacts
Presenters: Monte Chapin, GRAPHISOFT, Carol Richard, Richard Wittschiebe Hand and Thomas Allen, STR

 LEEDing the Way through Green Concrete: Improving IEQ & Solving Moisture  (Room C | 8:00 am – 9:30 am)
19 billion tons of concrete were produced in the world in 2010, and 28.5 quadrillion BTUs were used to create the cement contained therein. The CO2 released in the cement production process makes it the 3rd largest contributor to greenhouse gases in the US. 6 billion US Gallons of water were used in this process, and less than half reacted with the cement, leaving some of the mixture in the form of moisture vapor emissions (MVE). This problem combined with the EPA’s lowered volatile organic compound (VOC) requirements inside building envelopes created the need to use topically applied, reactive, VOC "compliant" materials.  This program will address these problems and provide a variety of proactive solutions to increase the life cycle of concrete, improve IEQ, and explore additional options for greenhouse gas mitigation.
GBCI Category: Improvements to the Indoor Environment
Presenters: Scott Bergsbaken, The Specialty Products Group; John Albinger

Best Practices for Construction in Health Care Facilities (Room D | 8:00 am – 9:30 am)
This course addresses the complex nature of performing construction work in occupied health care facilities to protect patients, staff and tradesmen while maintaining the operation of the facility. Responsibilities of the owner, architect, construction manager, contractors and tradesmen will be covered by referencing industry standard Infection Control Risk Assessment (IRCA) documents, Interim Life Safety Measures (ILSM) documents and site-specific construction plans. Participants will be able to describe the various risks involved in working in occupied health care facilities; explain how to develop a health and safety plan between the facility owner and contractor; identify different effective procedures to protect workers, staff, patients and public from   contamination; and differentiate the responsibilities of the contractor, architects and facility owner.
GBCI Category: Improvements to the Indoor Environment
Presenters: Vincent Sticca, Bill Lichon and Gary Vogt, Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters

Revealing the Invisible Environmental Parameters: Assessing Indoor Comfort (Room A | 10:30 am – 12:00 pm)
Too often space assessments quantify the visible: the architectural quality of a space or the age and state of the mechanical and electrical systems within it. Left aside are the very parameters that dictate human comfort and the occupants' ability to perform, including acoustics, lighting (both electronic and daylighting), temperature, humidity, and carbon dioxide levels. This presentation will discuss a tool developed by IIT and Wight & Company that is used to objectively measure and record these comfort parameters. This education session will discuss the baseline metrics and standards which measure comfort, the interactive tool which utilizes iPads for data collection, survey methods which employ students to collect and collate the results of data collection, and the methodology for determining and scaling those results. This session will also discuss the results of an occupant survey given simultaneously to compare the objective and subjective results of the data collected using the tool.
GBCI Category: Improvements to the Indoor Environment
Presenters: Lois Vitt Sale, Wight & Co.; Joseph Clair

Exterior Enclosure Commissioning: NIBS Guideline 3-2012 and ASTM E2813-12 (Room B | 10:30 am – 12:00 pm)
Total building commissioning (including building enclosure commissioning) is the next frontier in addressing building performance, and as a result the next version of the LEED Rating System will offer points for envelope commissioning. In light of this addition to the LEED Rating System, ASHRAE and the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) have coordinated the publications of the ASHRAE Guideline 0-2005, "The Commissioning Process" and NIBS Guideline 3-2012, "Exterior Enclosure Technical Requirements for the Commissioning Process" to create the publication ASTM E2813-12, "Standard Practice for Building Enclosure Commissioning." This program will outline both the NIBS Guideline 3-2012 and the ASTM E2813-12 and how they can drastically improve the field of building enclosure design, using the newly created Technical Design for Building Performance (TDBP) Knowledge Committee (KC) as a platform for discussing these issues.
GBCI Category: Project Systems & Energy Impacts
Presenter: Michael Lough, Integral Consulting LLC

Rooftop Real Estate Harvesting: Cool, Energy, Power, Wind, Water (Room C | 10:30 am – 12:00 pm)
This education session will explore rooftop harvesting technologies and the new International Building, Fire and Energy Code which has set new requirements for the design and construction of rooftops. These new harvesting technologies are currently being used by building owners and managers to harvest clean, renewable resources such as solar, wind, and water. This session will specifically discuss the different types of harvesting technologies, where they are specified and used, and by whom. The presentation will focus on helping attendees understand how these technologies work and their value and limits, including the code requirements applied to these technologies in Chicago and beyond. Attendees will leave with a more complete understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of these great new harvesting technologies.
GBCI Category: Project Site Factors OR Project Systems & Energy Impacts
Presenter: Bill McHugh, Chicago Roofing Contractors Association

Green Floor Covering (Room D | 10:30 am – 12:00 pm)
This education session will cover the basics of green floor covering as it pertains to removal, disposal and installation guidelines related to flooring materials such as carpet, vinyl composite tile, synthetic turf, linoleum, hardwood and bamboo. Speakers will present the sustainability factors and renewable sources of flooring and their impacts on the lifecycle process. Presenters will also discuss the importance of selecting low VOC adhesives; communicate the importance of following proper installation procedures; and how to implement manufacturer recommended procedures and guidelines. Participants will be able to analyze how flooring choices can impact LEED project points, learn proper maintenance procedures for extending the life of flooring products as well as manufacturer’s warranties.
GBCI Category: Acquisition, Installation & Management of Project Materials
Presenters: Molly Carlson, Flooring Resources Corp.; John Peters, Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters; Leonard Zmijewski, Mr. David's Flooring International, Ltd.

High Performance Buildings: Designing for the Future by Learning from the Past (Room A | 1:15 pm – 2:45 pm)
This presentation will illustrate why predictive modeling and energy monitoring is a lynchpin in the holistic movement toward energy efficient, sustainable buildings. These tools can be utilized to validate design practices, verify construction, and optimize operation and user behavior. In light of the industry’s 2030 goal of net-zero energy (carbon neutral) buildings, these tools must become standard practice in order to document building performance. Four LEED platinum projects will be used to illustrate the predictive modeling and energy monitoring process. By the end of this presentation you will understand performance monitoring, predictive and energy modeling, and how these tools shape design practice and increase the accuracy of building performance modeling.
GBCI Category: Project Systems & Energy Impacts OR Stakeholder Involvement in Innovation
Presenters: Sachin Anand, dbHMS; Jonathon Boyer, Farr Associates

Reuse of our Existing Building Stock: Thermal Break Improvements are Just the Tip of the Iceberg (Room B | 1:15 pm – 2:45 pm)
Existing buildings have an enormous impact on the built environment. In the near future, building designers and contractors will need to seriously consider how to retrofit existing buildings while improving their energy performance. During this education session, popular “green” strategies that are used in building renovation or reuse will be discussed including the installation of green roofs, re-cladding existing building facades, making small adjustments in order to improve the buildings’ thermal envelopes, and even maintaining historic buildings’ envelopes. The session will also address common pitfalls that can arise when working with an existing building during the design and/or construction process and the importance of understanding how an existing building envelope was designed to “work”. This education session will get you thinking about “leaky, old buildings” in a new and positive way.
GBCI Category: Acquisition, Installation & Management of Project Materials OR Project Systems & Energy Impacts
Presenters: Rachel Michelin, Thornton Tomasetti, Inc.; Krista Gnatt, Bulley & Andrews Masonry Restoration, LLC

Insulated Concrete Forms & Commercial Buildings:  Not All R Values Are Created Equal (Room C | 1:15 pm – 2:45 pm)
This education session will address the "Conservation First" approach to commercial building design and construction.  Presenters will look at ICF wall systems versus the typical commercial wall assemblies and the impact of each on building performance and energy conservation. Participants will learn about today’s ICF technology and how ICFs in commercial buildings were achievable yesterday, and are achievable today and in the future.  Presenters will assess the role that thermal bridging plays in energy losses and discover why all R Values are not created equal.  This session will also include a case study of the largest LEED Platinum project in North America built with ICFs.
GBCI Category: Acquisition, Installation & Management of Project Materials OR Project Systems & Energy Impacts
Presenters: Donn Thompson, Portland Cement Association and Rick Umpierre, Logix

Attaching Veneers Over True Continuous Insulation (Room D | 1:15 pm – 2:45 pm)
This education session will provide the design community with the knowledge to make informed decisions when specifying a system solution in a steel stud wall assembly with a rain screen veneer that delivers superior thermal performance, moisture management, and air barrier properties while accommodating a variety of cladding options for customizable building aesthetics. New insulation products and technologies have been developed which help designers answer the question, "How do we accomplish what the code is requiring as well as meet our design implementation of products?" By the end of the program, attendees will understand what the building codes and energy codes are when designing for continuous insulation, and how to most effectively meet those codes using innovative new technology.
GBCI Category: Acquisition, Installation & Management of Project Materials OR Project Systems & Energy Impacts
Presenters: Dan Tempas, Dow Chemical Company

Greenest Industrial Building Ever Built  (Room A | 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm)
This education session takes a comprehensive look into the multi-faceted approach to green-lighting the first LEED Platinum industrial building in the country. Located in Chicago's stockyards, the design and construction of Testa Produce's 91,000 sq/ft facility is an inspiring story. The session will discuss and uncover the owner's goals and objectives and share challenges, obstacles, and success stories along the way. Through a panel discussion comprised of the project team, the program will examine the impact and involvement of everyone that assisted in making this project successful. Topics discussed will include government influence, lenders, consultants, design team, and unique tax and funding programs. The overall goal of the program is to introduce a significant achievement in green building and offer ideas and consultation to those interested in embarking on similar projects.
GBCI Category: Stakeholder Involvement in Innovation OR Project Site Factors
Presenters: Wendy Berger Shapiro, WBS Equities; Brian Gilboy, Engineering Tax Services; Dan Duncan, Corbett, Duncan & Hubly; and Bryana Yergler, Summit Design+Build

The Complete Street: Designing Sustainable Infrastructure for All Users (Room B | 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm)
American cities face exponential growth in the coming years, and as more people take to the streets on foot or by bike, our streets will need to fulfill an ever wider array of functions for an increasingly diverse group of users. Integrating green street features in a way that accommodates all stakeholders is not only challenging, it is critical for the long-term success and sustainability of our infrastructure. The merging of complete street concepts with ecological design can help cities achieve the triple bottom line (finance, environment, and function) while supporting a high quality of life, especially in urban environments. Join this panel for a lively discussion of the role our streets play in people's daily lives and how they can be designed to address the needs of both motorists and multi-modal users. Topics of conversation range from economic viability to innovations in multi-modal planning, sustainable materials, and stormwater disposal.
GBCI Category: Project Site Factors OR Project Surrounding & Public Outreach
Presenters: Janet Attarian, City of Chicago's Streetscape and Sustainable Urban Design Program; Dave Elkin, GreenWorks Landscape Architecture + Environmental Design; Nicholas McMurtrey, KPFF Consulting Engineers

Reducing Embodied Energy in Masonry Construction (Room C | 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm)
Brick has been a mainstay of building construction throughout history and continues to be one of the most favored building materials around the world. With sustainability becoming a basic requirement for all products and materials, conventional clay brick has come under increased scrutiny, in part due to the fossil fuel energy required to fire brick kilns and the associated CO2 emissions. In response to this scrutiny, a new type of brick has recently been introduced that does not require energy-intensive firing because it does not use clay. This education session will discuss the significance of embodied energy in masonry, the impact of CO2 emissions in the masonry industry, and determine specific ways to reduce the environmental impact of masonry construction. By the end of the session, attendees will be able to evaluate and compare the environmental impact of alternative brick products.
GBCI Category: Acquisition, Installation & Management of Project Materials OR Project Systems & Energy Impacts
Presenters: John McKevitt, CalStar Product

Green Speak: Communicating a Product’s Environmental Story  (Room D | 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm)
There are many characteristics of a product that contribute to its overall ‘greenness’.  And whether you are specifying, installing, or marketing, this workshop will provide a comprehensive understanding of green products by investigating the full spectrum of these principles and impacts.  The session will begin with an introduction to the LEED Rating System, and advance to an in-depth discussion of the credits and environmental considerations related specifically to building materials.  This will lay the foundation for audience participation in an interactive session, allowing participants to tie the various concepts together while honing their ‘green pitch.’  Whether a product rep, manufacturer, or designer you will leave with the tools to clearly articulate an environmental story. At the end of this program, attendees will be able to accurately represent the environmental characteristics of products, determine a product’s contribution to LEED credits, provide acceptable documentation for LEED submissions, and write specifications for materials contributing to LEED credits.
GBCI Category: Acquisition, Installation & Management of Project Materials
Presenters: Tony Holub, Demonica Kemper Architects; Meghann Maves, Recycling Services Inc.

Passport Program: Reporting Exhibition Hall Continuing Education Hours.