Tour & Case Study: Greenbelt Cultural Center: Improved Air Quality & Thermal Comfort Through Passive Means

  • Thursday, June 14, 2012
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Greenbelt Cultural Center, 1215 Green Bay Rd., North Chicago, IL 60654
  • 50


  • 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.

Sorry this event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled in the fall.  Please see our calendar for updates.

oin the USGBC-Illinois Chicago Branch and the lead architect and design engineer on a tour of this 8,000 square foot expansion to the Greenbelt Cultural Center.

(Approved for 1.5 GBCI CE and AIA LU|HSW|SD hours)

The expanded portion of the facility includes a public reception and learning spaces, private offices, and display spaces. The gem of the project, the living wall, helps improve indoor air quality, and enabled the engineer to use smaller active ventilation systems. Other passive ventilation features in the building allow occupants to interact and control their occupied spaces, thus improving thermal comfort. Passive shading, a geothermal system and radiant heating further improve the quality of the indoor environment at the center.

Topics will include:

- How the new living wall reinforces the mission of the project while improving indoor air quality
- How a thorough lighting analysis allowed the team to improve lighting quality in key spaces while also reducing the overall energy usage
- How an integrated design between the architect and design engineer allowed the building to maximize passive ventilation

Sachin Anand, Principal, dbHMS
Bill Sturm, Principal, Serena Sturm Architects, Ltd.


5:30-6:00  Registration & Networking
Lake County Forest Preserve Introduction - Owner’s Perspective
Case Study Introduction: Shared Panel Presentation - Design to Implementation
Tour portion with Q & A
Networking & Clean-up

The Greenbelt Cultural Center is located in the eastern part of the county near North Chicago and Waukegan.

Entrance to the parking lot is off the east side of Green Bay Road (Route 131), between 10th and 14th streets, south of Belvidere Road (Route 120). For access to trails and fishing on the east side of Greenbelt Forest Preserve, use the Dugdale Road parking lot.

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