Green Building Innovation Conference Furthers Transatlantic Business Relationship between Germany and the U.S.

German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest aids in pairing green developers and architects in the U.S. with energy efficient German suppliers and technology

CHICAGO--()--Energy efficient buildings in Chicago, the Midwest, the U.S., and around the world were discussed in detail at the Green Building Innovation Conference presented by the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest (GACCoM) held in downtown Chicago yesterday, November 12, 2008. A delegation of eight leading green building technology suppliers and green design consultants came to Chicago as part of the Export Initiative for Energy Efficiency from the German Ministry of Economics and Technology. The focus of this conference was to open a transatlantic dialogue between leading German green suppliers and their counterparts in the U.S. by introducing advanced German technologies to leading architects, construction firms, and suppliers in the industry.

The German expert panel, including Dr. Manfred Hegger from the University of Darmstadt and David Cook from Behnisch Architekten in Stuttgart, highlighted energy efficient building design and sustainability as well as progressive German policies targeting energy efficient architecture that has decreased long-term operational costs. Behnischs work on the House of the Future at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago was also presented. The U.S. expert panel, representing green architects in Chicago and the U.S. Green Building Council, discussed the LEED certification and the strategic plan for 2009-2013, as well as the integrated design approach in the U.S. building industry. Also discussed was Chicagos city hall effort in greening Chicago through various methods such as green rooftops and alleys and expedited building permits for green developers and homeowners.

In addition, speakers representing delegates from the eight German companies provided information on possible energy savings that will be achieved through the use of German advanced technologies providing greater efficiency. Examples include the Passive House standard, specialized window and curtain wall systems that maintain internal temperatures with greater efficiency, decentralized energy systems that provide a feedback loop replacing excess energy back into the grid, and consultation specialists that provide energy calculations ensuring maximum efficiency.

The delegation included the following German companies: INTEP Integrated Planning LLC, LENZ Motorentechnik, MB Planungs GmbH, Millcell GmbH, Passive House Institute US, Raico Bautechnik GmbH, Schöck Bauteile GmbH, and Weishaupt America Inc.

Those interested in learning more about German energy efficient and cost effective technologies and services may download all speaker presentations at www.gaccom.org. The Green Building Innovation Conference was only one of several green initiatives organized by the German American Chamber network throughout the U.S. To get involved or learn more about our green programs sign up for our Renewables Newsletter by sending an email to renewables@gaccom.org or contact Mark Tomkins, Director of Consulting Services, at the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest at tomkins@gaccom.org.

Founded in 1963, the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest (GACCoM)s mission is to further, promote and assist in the expansion of bilateral trade and investment between Germany and the United States. GACCoM is part of the German American Chamber network with offices located in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. We are an integral part of the network of German Chambers of Commerce Abroad (AHK) with 120 offices in 80 countries around the globe.

Contacts

German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, Inc.
- GACCoM
Janka Pieper
Manager, Public Relations & Communications
Tel.: (312) 644-2662
Fax: (312) 644-0738
E-Mail: pieper@gaccom.org
URL: www.gaccom.org

Contacts

German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, Inc.
- GACCoM
Janka Pieper
Manager, Public Relations & Communications
Tel.: (312) 644-2662
Fax: (312) 644-0738
E-Mail: pieper@gaccom.org
URL: www.gaccom.org