CCGT Presents Seminar on Design Excellence & Net Zero Tomorrow at 6pm

Tomorrow at 6pm, the Chicago Center for Green Technology (445 N. Sacramento) presents Tom Jacobs from Krueck + Sexton Architects. speaking on “Design Excellence & Net Zero: A Case Study.”

The GSA Design Excellence Federal Office Building in Florida will be one of the first in its kind to explore a means of achieving the Federal Government’s goal of “net zero environmental impact,” announced by the GSA in 2010. This seminar will discuss how this new federal office building meets this goal by reaching net zero water and paving the way for net zero energy. Tom will discuss the challenges and opportunities in designing a comfortable and day-lit interior environment for the occupants of the building while meeting the strict security, blast and privacy requirements. This case study will also explain how a building’s climatically appropriate façade can play an important role in achieving net zero. Relevant to Chicago, recently cited in a New York Times article as “having summers like the Deep South,” the strategies implemented in this Design Excellence project include environmental concepts that may come into play more locally. Brought to you by AIA Chicago’s Environmental Knowledge Community.

For more information, contact the Chicago Center for Green Technology at or (312)746-9642.

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