Energy Efficiency Award Challenge
In recent years, there has been a continuous shift from traditional building methods towards green building in the U.S. According to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), green building construction growth currently outpaces general construction and is expected to continue to grow.
Germany has established itself as an international market leader and innovation driver in the fields of energy efficiency and green building. Its favorable policy and energy price environment have helped to create a thriving market for energy efficient products and services.
To showcase and promote American and German partnerships in the green building sector, GACC Midwest hosted an Energy Efficiency Award Challenge in Chicago, IL on Thursday, April 7, 2016.
The event consisted of three parts: presentations, a site visit, and an evening reception. The morning featured presentations of the four finalist of the Energy Efficiency Award Challenge as well as German and American expert speakers. This provided attendees the chance to learn about how new building regulations and increased paybacks have improved energy efficiency and building quality in the United States. The presentations were followed by a guided tour of the Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago featuring German energy efficiency innovation. Afterwards, the Energy Efficiency Award was publicly presented at the Award Ceremony and Evening Reception.
Date & Venue
Thursday, April 7, 2016
10:00am - 7:30pm
Warwick Allerton Hotel Chicago
Tip Top Tap Room - 23rd Floor
701 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
Please find a short overview of the agenda below:
Part I: Energy Efficiency Presentations
Words of Welcome & Introduction
Empowering the Environment - Aktivhaus B10
Showcase 1 - Waldsee BioHaus in Bemidji, MN
Coffee Break & Networking
Showcase 2 - Integrated Energy Master Plan for the City of Holland, MI
Showcase 3 - Herman Miller in Spring Lake, MI
Showcase 4 - Bullitt Center in Seattle, WA
Lunch & Networking Break
Part II: Site Visit
Depart on chartered bus to Mansueto Library
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Guided tour of the Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago by:
Board bus and depart for the Award Ceremony & Evening Reception
Part III: Award Ceremony & Evening Reception
The Energy Efficiency Award will be publicly presented at the Award Ceremony and Evening Reception. Appetizers and beverages will be served.
Words of Welcome & Energy Efficiency Award Presentation
Celebration of the Award Winner & Networking
End of the Event
Our Energy Efficiency Award Winner
Airleader installed their master controller in the Spring Lake facility in Michigan of Herman Miller, a global leader in sustainability that engages in design and manufacture of office furniture systems to increase the efficiency and reliability of HMs compressor system. As a result, the facility saved 750,000 kWh or 21.1%, while improving system reliability. The project was cash positive in the first year. Since the installation, Herman Miller regularly utilizes the Airleader monitoring to improve system performance and air quality and has also purchased 2 more Airleader Master Controls for other facilities.
The Energy Efficiency Award Challenge is supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) as part of the "Energy Efficiency - Made in Germany" Initiative.