Several Local Seminars on LEED for Homes

February 18, 2010

Before the ground completely thaws and the building season kicks off, Chicago’s local LEED for Homes provider, the Alliance for Environmental Sustainability, is launching a series of green building seminars around the Chicagoland area.

The class, titled Demystifying LEED for Homes for Building Professionals, is a comprehensive overview of the LEED for Homes green building rating system. The class will discuss how LEED homes are healthier, more comfortable, and have lower utility bills. Common myths about LEED such as cost and complexity will be dispelled and the benefits of the LEED for Homes rating system will be featured, using local Chicago projects as case studies.

Each class is 2 hours long, with an hour afterwards for a networking lunch. The following dates and locations are confirmed:

March 9, Bolingbrook
March 16, Evanston
April 6, Chicago Loop

Best of all, the classes are practically free! A nominal $10.00 charge covers lunch. To reserve your spot in one of these seminars, sign up at LEEDforHomesIllinois.org

LEED for Homes is a voluntary third-party certification system that promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes. The rating system covers major home renovations and new construction of single-family homes – as well as multi-family apartments and condos, and mixed-use residential buildings up to 6 stories high.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification is something that consumers look for to identify homes that have been third-party inspected, performance-tested and certified as green homes that will perform better than conventional homes. Homebuilders using LEED are able to differentiate their homes as representative of national leadership in green building practices.

About The Author

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Jason La Fleur is the Chair of the USGBC Illinois chapter's Residential Green Building Committee, and is a Project Manager for the Alliance for Environmental Sustainability. He is a member of the national US Green Building Council (USGBC) Education Committee, and assisted with creating the education standards for LEED AP continuing education. Jason is also the chair of the Education Committee for the Illinois Solar Energy Association, and an instructor for the organization. For six years, he developed courses for real estate appraisers and led the Appraisal Institute's Green Building Project Team, working with sustainability-minded real estate professionals. Additionally, he is actively involved in residential green building and the LEED for Homes program in the Chicago region. Jason holds a Master’s in Education from the University of Illinois, and has over ten years of project management and curriculum development experience. Further dedication to sustainability is demonstrated in his LEED Accredited Professional designation.

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