(Rescheduled) Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation – Post-Occupancy Evaluation and LEED Platinum Tour

  • Thursday, February 17, 2011
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation, 303 Dodge Avenue, Evanston, IL 60202
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  • This discounted price is for full-time students only.

Please note that registration is non-refundable.
If you experience any registration difficulties or have questions please contact our office at 312-245-8300.

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Join the USGBC - Illinois Chapter's Chicago Branch for a case study on the post occupancy evaluation of the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation – a LEED Platinum House of Worship. Optional building tours will follow the presentation.

Continuing Education: This course has been submitted for approval for 2.0 hours of GBCI CE and AIA HSW/SD hours.

Program Description: The Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation (JRC) Synagogue (AIA COTE Top Ten 2009) was occupied in February 2008, and received LEED Platinum certification in September 2008. A common question regarding such successful green projects is, “How do they really perform?” JRC performed a post-occupancy evaluation to find that out.  In this presentation, we will describe the JRC project and the tools JRC used to measure and verify the quantitative and qualitative effectiveness of the new synagogue and to enhance operations and maintenance in the first two years of occupancy. The project has performed exceptionally well and has been well-received by the congregation.  The presentation will highlight lessons learned that may be adapted to other projects.

Learning objectives: At the conclusion of this presentation, the participant will be able to

  1. Describe the key project processes that contribute to creating a LEED Platinum project
  2. Interpret energy and water use performance, using actual consumption data, measured against the building modeling simulations performed during design.
  3. Identify building performance anomalies and causes, using the building monitoring systems, to formulate solutions and execute corrective actions.
  4. Create a survey to evaluate post-occupancy opinions of a project.
  5. Identify how to maintain and improve sustainable building practices with the goal of reducing resource consumption.

5:30 – 6:00 – Networking
6:00 – 7:00 – Presentation
7:00 – 8:00 – Building Tours

Speakers will include:

  • Julie Dorfman, Insolar Window Treatments, former chair of JRC’s Environment committee
  • Alan Saposnik, Tower Real Estate, former president of JRC
  • Michael Ross, Ross Barney Architects, project architect for JRC
  • Helen J. Kessler, HJKessler Associates, sustainability/LEED consultant for JRC

Registration fee: $15 Members; $30 Non-Members


Thank you to our generous Elm Level Program Partner for this event!

HJKessler Associates

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