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Year 2: Regional Green Building Case Study Project – NOW RECRUITING PROJECTS!



Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation

The Regional Green Building Case Study Project is funded through the generous support of the Grand Victoria Foundation and the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation and is a collaborative, multi-year research study between the U.S. Green Building Council-Chicago Chapter, the City of Chicago, EPA Region 5, Delta Institute, and the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT).

Project Recruitment Now Open: USGBC-Chicago Chapter Regional Green Building Case Study Project – Year 2
Based on the success of the first year of the Regional Green Building Case Study Project (described below) and with generous support from the Grand Victoria Foundation and the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, we are currently seeking an additional 25 Illinois LEED projects to participate in the study’s second year.  Additionally, we are looking to reengage the 25 projects from Year 1 for another year, thus increasing the sample size for the second year to 50 projects.  If you are interested in enrolling a new or existing year-one project in the Regional Green Building Case Study, please review the eligibility criteria and other information below then submit a completed authorization form.

Eligibility Criteria
Participation in the study is open to projects in the state of Illinois that meet the following criteria:

1.  LEED certified, or LEED certification pending, in any LEED rating system (NC, EB, CI etc.).

2. Construction complete; space occupied and operating for at least 12 months.

3. Ability to provide at least 12 consecutive months of energy utility data, including account and meter number.

4. Submittal of the online authorization form by March 12, 2010 (deadline extended) indicating that a.) the owner understands the scope and use of the data and b.) the owner authorizes one individual to provide data to the project team.

* Please note that unless permission is speficially granted by the project owner, all data will be considered confidential and will be published in the aggregate only.  Individual case studies will be published and participating projects will be acknowledged, but only at the owner’s expressed consent.   Otherwise, participating projects will not be identified  individually to provide for privacy of the project and the data submitted.

Project Description:
The Regional Green Building Case Study Project analyzes the post-occupancy performance and costs & benefits of LEED® projects in Illinois.  While this is neither the first nor the largest study of this kind, it is unique both in its scope and collaborative approach.  The project is a collaborative endeavor of the U.S. Green Building Council – Chicago Chapter,  USEPA Region 5, City of Chicago Departments of Environment and Zoning and Planning, Delta Institute, and Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT).   The first year report of the study was released during the fall of 2009.

Scope: This is one of few post-occupancy studies to employ such a broad scope of metrics: energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, water use, commute transportation, construction & operating costs, green premium, health & productivity impacts, and occupant comfort. It is also among the first with a regional focus and one of the first to collect multiple years of data and provide ongoing analysis to participants.

Approach:  The project employs a stakeholder engagement model based on regional partnerships and a valuable back and forth dialog with project stakeholders.  Year 2 will build on the successful dialogue between the participants and the project team. We want to understand what feedback is most helpful to building owners and other stakeholders.  The strong regional green building community in Illinois, as well as the collaborative approach of the steering committee makes this a successful program and we look forward to working with representatives from the 50 projects selected during the second year of the study.

For more information about Year 1, including the final report, visit the project page on the USGBC-Chicago Chapter website.

 Benefits to Participants
Post-occupancy performance evaluation can help building owners make informed operations decisions, help design and construction teams build better buildings, and can support LEED and other sustainability goals.  More specifically, participation in this project will provide you:

1.  A report of the project’s performance, including annual energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and summary of other data that you provide.  A sample Owners Performance Report is available.

2. Characterization of current building performance (baseline) that may inform future operation or systems changes.

3. Publicity for LEED® project (optional) and the chance for your project to serve as a detailed case study (optional)

Next Steps for Interested Participants
1. Owner or owner’s rep fills out authorization form online by March 5, 2010 (deadline extended)

2. Once authorization form is received, CNT will contact the designated project representative to conduct short phone interview to answer any questions, explain the process and discuss the requested data.

*please note that submission of an authorization form does not necessarily guarantee a project’s participation.

Overview of Data Collection Process
The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) will lead the effort to collect and analyze data. Once an authorization form is received, CNT will work with the individual who it identifies as the project representative to collect utility and other available data.  The primary methods of data collection will be an Excel spreadsheet plus 2, optional, employee surveys.   Data collection will run through spring 2010.

In addition to the 12+ months of energy utility data required for project participation, the project contact will be asked to provide additional, optional, data as available. The additional data will include general project information (e.g. address, square footage), financial metrics (e.g. construction costs, green premium, ROI) and information about indoor air quality and other benefits associated with green buildings.

CNT may access additional project information, such as LEED submittals and utility data, when available and authorized by project owner or owner’s representative.

If you have questions about the data collection process please contact Kathryn Eggers at [email protected] or 773.269.4001.

  • Project Partners, Year 2

  • U.S. Green Building Council-Chicago Chapter
  • Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT)
  • City of Chicago Department of Environment
  • City of Chicago Department of Zoning and Planning
  • Delta Institute
  • U.S. EPA, Region 5

Project Supporters, Year 2

  • Grand Victoria Foundation
  • Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation


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