Energy Efficiency Innovation Seminars

Smart Buildings

To keep up with the growing trend towards intelligent and automatic building technologies, the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, Inc. organized the Energy Efficiency Innovation Seminars focusing on Smart Buildings at four Midwestern universities. Increased interest in smart buildings follows a greater market share of renewable and decentralized energy sources in the power supply. As this industry is rapidly on the rise, more investments will be made in technologies and solutions that improve energy efficiency. 

Due to the research capacity and access to information that can be found at universities, these seminars were supposed to reach an audience that is open to engagement and innovation. With the goal to bring together students and faculty in the fields of engineering, architecture and sustainability with industry experts from Germany, these seminars offered a platform for knowledge exchange and network building.

Event Details

These seminars were held in at the following four renowned universities across the Midwest.

  • Iowa State University - Oct. 23, 2017
  • Illinois State University - Oct. 24, 2017
  • Michigan State University - Oct. 25, 2017
  • Northwestern University - Oct. 26, 2017

The seminars included presentations by selected German companies and institutions, and featured an expert speaker from the Smart Building sector in Germany.

The seminars included also opportunities for the students, their professors, and the participating German company representatives to meet and network in order to share best practices and foster future relationships.

Each seminar was followed by a networking reception on campus, as well as a VIP networking dinner with the professors and other presenters.

Presenting Expert Speaker

Enrica’s experience in the Construction Industry includes 9 years of design and project management at Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. in New York, as well as the subsequent role of Director of Structures at Werner Sobek New York, taken on in 2016. Amongst many other projects, she has been involved in the Design of the Barclays Center Arena (2007-11) and has been Project Manager of the 146 E 126th Street Tower in Harlem, NY by BIG Architects (2013-15), a 12-story concrete and steel residential tower partially built over an existing commercial 3-story building. At Werner Sobek New York, Enrica is currently managing a luxury penthouse-only residential project in Chelsea, New York, as well as prestigious Academic projects in the New York City, Chicago and Boston areas. In addition to leading the Structures Group, she holds the role of Partner and COO at the Company.

Participant Company Profiles:


Baumann Consulting
is an energy efficiency and sustainability service provider for the entire life cycle of buildings and facilities. As engineers, architects, planners and consultants, their team is driven to elevate high performance buildings from a niche segment of the market to the industry standard. Baumann Consulting offers a broad expertise for consulting services in the field of residential, commercial, institutional, educational, as well as industrial buildings that cover the entire life cycle of buildings, starting with energy audits and feasibility studies, the development and evaluation of design concepts, through commissioning, measurement & verification and monitoring of the performance of buildings and systems.

MeteoViva is a leading provider of next generation heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) control strategies designed to significantly reduce running costs and carbon footprint, while improving indoor comfort. The company relies on a predictive model that factors in weather, building usage and energy tariffs to provide optimum control data to the target building. Applicable to office buildings, manufacturing facilities and even airports, MeteoViva clients commonly save 15-40% in energy consumption. The company already counts BMW, DHL, American University and the European Central Bank as its customers.

The Viessmann Group
 is one of the leading international manufacturers of heating, industrial, and refrigeration systems. Their German-engineered products are simple to install and built to last, offering a wide range of application areas from private homes to large-scale industrial, commercial, and governmental buildings. A hybrid of Viessmann technologies- solar, photovoltaic, heat pumps and heat recovery- was integrated in the Techstyle Haus, a solar home and project contestant at the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014, in order to achieve net zero energy consumption while still sustaining comfort. Through their efficiency and reliability, Viessmann products make an important contribution to the conservation of natural resources.

Weishaupt offers burners, heating and condensing-boiler systems, heat pumps, solar systems, geothermal systems and building automation focusing on burners in North America.  Their global success builds on high quality products coupled with exceptional service. Their burners use precise modulation and when combined with modern system technologies, the burners achieve the highest degree of combustion efficiency. Weishaupt burners increase boiler efficiency and effectiveness in hospitals, education facilities, high rise buildings and industrial/process plants.

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The Innovation Seminars were supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) as part of the Energy Solutions Initiative on the basis of a decision by the German Bundestag.


Svenja Schroeder
Manager, Market Entry Programs, Delegations & Events
Tel.: +1 (312) 561-9791
E-Mail: schroeder(at)

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