(On-Demand) Affordable Aspirations: Piloting a Living Future in the Midwest

  • Saturday, December 31, 2022
  • Online/On-Demand (Available thru 12/31/2022)



60-minute webinar available on-demand until 12/31/2022

(Originally recorded live for the New Gravity Housing Conference on 8/5/2020)

  • FREE access for Illinois Green Members and $10 access for non-members.
  • Please register using the registration button on the left to gain access to this on-demand webinar.
  • Direct video link will be shared in your confirmation email.

In 2018 the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) launched its third round of the Living Building Challenge Affordable Housing Pilot Project program. https://living-future.org/affordable-housing/ Of the 12 projects selected after a National Call for Applications, half were from the Midwest. Only one was from Illinois and three were from Indiana. The Fifth Avenue Apartments is currently under construction in Maywood, Illinois. For the past year it has lived a parallel life as an aspirational Case Study in pursuit of the Living Building Challenge. Through the Fifth Avenue lens the current challenges of pursuing this extreme green approach to design in this State will be discussed.

Indiana’s Moving Forward program has helped move the Indiana projects beyond aspiration and toward Energy Petal Certification. Alder Place is located in East Chicago, and will serve as a state by state comparison demonstrating what is possible with the right financial structure and incentives.


  • Jessica Berzac | President & Co-Owner | UPholdings
  • Susan King | FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, LFA | Principal | HED
  • Sierra Latham | Director of the Moving Forward Program | Energy Systems Network
  • Susan Puri | LEED AP | Affordable Housing Manager | International Living Future Institute (ILFI)
Continuing Education:

This webinar is eligible to self-report to USGBC for 1 credit hour towards your LEED professional credential. You can find self reporting instructions in your confirmation email.


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