The green building community will descend upon Chicago this fall for Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, taking place at McCormick Place West Nov. 17 to 19. And as a thank-you to the region for hosting the thousands of attendees, theUSGBC, Habitat for Humanity Lake County, and Bank of America have announced they will build two LEED Platinumcertified homes in Lake County, Ill., as the conference’s legacy project.

The homes will be designed and built for LEED for Homes Platinum certification from the USGBC. While the two homes will feature the same floor plan and appearance, they will be built with different construction methods. One home will feature insulated concrete forms and panelized construction, while the second home will be built using conventional stick construction. The second home is targeted for 75 percent completion by Greenbuild so that conference attendees can view its construction process. Construction cost data and performance will be tracked for both homes and will be published upon their completion.

“Because of Bank of America’s generous funding and Habitat for Humanity’s volunteers who will build two LEED Platinum homes for the 2010 Greenbuild Legacy Project, two families can rest assured that their homes are not only affordable, but are built with high-performance, energy and resource efficiency, and quality of health in mind, thereby ensuring they continue to save money over the life cycle of the home,” says Kimberly Lewis, vice president of conferences and events, USGBC. “Greenbuild attendees will have the exclusive advantage of witnessing much of the construction, providing not only a learning opportunity for building and design professionals, but also to educate on the importance of making affordable homes synonymous with green homes.”