2008 Building Green Chicago Conference

Index Publishing Corporation worked closely with Chicago’s Chief Environmental Officer, Sadhu Johnston, DOE and DOB to develop this annual program that focused on sustainable design and development in the context of retrofitting existing buildings and leased space, as well as the broader environmental, social and economic imperatives.

Over 500 real estate professionals attended the 2008 conference, which was nearly double the audience last year and is a testament to the growing awareness and acceptance of the value of green development. With the City’s commitment to providing incentives for green buildings, we continue to see a shift from interest in green buildings to building green.

The conference featured many leaders in the local and national movement to promote sustainable design and development.

The conference opened with a keynote address from Johnston, who walked the audience through the detailed and impressive statistics supporting Chicago’s progress toward becoming the “greenest city” in the U.S.

The first panel discussion covered what many consider the most significant challenge in the green building effort¬óretrofitting existing inefficient buildings. The panel was moderated by Karl Heitman of Heitman Architects and featured Robert Bagguley of Transwestern, Philip Edison of Chapman & Cutler, Lloyd Davidson of Merchandise Mart Properties, Aron Levine of Bank of America and John Schinter of Jones Lang LaSalle.

The second panel addressed the business rationales and trends for leasing green space. The panel was moderated by Don Resnick of Jenner & Block and included Paul Merrill of CLAYCO, Steve Smith of Jones Lang LaSalle, Jack McKinney of J.F. McKinney & Associates and John Ozog of NAI Hiffman.

Erik Olsen, the City’s outgoing “green permit guru,” outlined the many incentives available from the City’s Department of Buildings and highlighted some of the successful green projects in the City.

The final panel discussion focused on some of the component products that can be incorporated into a project to improve its sustainability. The panel was moderated by Vuk Vujovic, an architect at Legat Architects and member of the AIA’s Committee on the Environment. The panel featured Rob Zimmerman of Kohler, Al Rexroat on behalf of the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators, Local 17, Mike Herlihy on behalf of Chicagoland Roofing Council and Dan Murphy of Environmental Systems Design.

You can view the program for the conference online at ChicgaoCodes.com by visiting the Seminars and Events page.

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