With almost 8,000 houses certified under its LEED for Homes program and another 28,000 in the pipeline, the U.S. Green Building Council is gaining traction within residential markets, and it will again put the spotlight on green homes during its upcoming Greenbuild Residential Summit—as part of the USGBC’s annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo being held in Chicago Nov. 17–19.

The Residential Summit, to be held on Nov. 18, will include 15 educational sessions devoted to sustainable homes as well as a keynote address.
8:30–10 a.m.

  • The DNA of Affordable LEED Platinum 

  • Water Conservation: Strategies for Keeping Civilization Alive

  • Capitalize on Your Investment: Engaging Multifamily Residents and Staff 

  • Opportunities and Challenges in Greening Our Historic Homes 

  • Assessing, Tracking, and Creating Value of Green Homes

10:30 a.m.–Noon
General Session: Henry Cisneros, former Secretary of HUD

2–3:30 p.m.

  • Lessons Learned in Pursuit of Net-Zero- Energy Homes 

  • Systems Thinking for Residential Buildings: Prioritizing Green Building and Waste Prevention Practices with Life-Cycle Assessment 

  • Tales from the Homefront: Green Multi-Unit Residential from the Developer’s Perspective 

  • Home Energy Retrofits: A Stimulus Project 

  • From New Construction to Retrofits

4–5:30 p.m.

  • Net-Zero Energy & LEED Platinum: Breaking New Ground in Chicago 

  • Advanced Quantitative Carbon Footprint Analysis for Single-Family Residences–Portfolio Findings 

  • Ventilating Strategies for High-Performance High-Rise Residential Buildings 

  • Solutions to Advancing High-Performance Building Practices 

  • Creating Demand

5:30–6:30 p.m.
Residential Networking Reception

In addition to the Residential Summit, there will be a number of additional housing-related workshops and special events before and during Greenbuild:

Nov. 15 and 16, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.: Homes 401: Green Rater Training
Nov. 15 or 16, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.: ReGreen 301: Implementing Residential Remodeling
Nov. 16, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.: Homes 301: Implementing the LEED for Homes Rating System
Nov. 17, 2–3:30 p.m.: Public Housing Authorities as Sustainable Building Innovators
Nov. 17, 2–5 p.m.: Residential Green Building Systems: A Comparison (off-site)
Nov. 17, 4–5:30 p.m.: The Role of the Green Building Movement in Ending Homelessness

Affordable Housing Summit, Nov. 16 & 17: Educational sessions, networking opportunities, and charrettes focusing on policy efforts and design and construction techniques for ensuring long-term affordability and improving living conditions for low-income families.

Green Building Tours: Along with commercial tours, Greenbuild will include two residential tours:

  • Nov. 19, 1–6 p.m.: Sustainability in Chicago’s North-Side Residential
    Neighborhoods 

  • Nov. 20, 8 a.m.–1 p.m.: Affordable and Green: Greenbuild Legacy Home Project

For a detailed schedule, session descriptions, a vendor list, and registration, visit www.greenbuildexpo.org.