7–7:30 a.m.

Registration and breakfast

7:30–7:45 a.m.

Welcome and opening remarks

Jean Ascoli, ComEd® Energy Efficiency Program and Michelle Halle Stern, The Green Facilitator

7:45–8:30 a.m.

Keynote—Build responsibly (and cost effectively)

Tim McDonald, Onion Flats
Affordable housing plays a unique and powerful role in creating healthy, resilient, responsible, and thriving communities. Some of the country’s most challenging markets give us a blueprint for how the affordable housing sector can lead innovation in procurement, financing, and design strategies. From net zero to Passive House, Tim will share successes that can be replicated in any market and make a difference for occupants and the environment.

8:30–9:15 a.m.

Pioneers in the Heartland

Charlene Andreas, Latin United Community Housing; Catherine Baker, Landon Bone Baker Architects; James Lewis, Heartland Alliance; and Rosa Ortiz, Enterprise Community Partners
Are you providing the most energy-efficient housing you can in your affordable housing development projects? Leading Illinois developers are saving income eligible tenants money year-after-year thanks to extraordinary energy-efficient performance in their affordable housing projects. Find out what’s driving these innovations, along with lessons learned and key challenges on the road to energy efficiency in affordable housing. Join us for an interactive workshop with a group of local experts who are raising the bar with energy efficiency through the Affordable Housing New Construction Program.

9:15–9:30 a.m.


9:30–10:45 a.m.

Interactive breakout—To the next level and beyond

Michelle Halle Stern, The Green Facilitator
How do affordable housing new construction projects get to the next level of energy efficiency? What are the hurdles and how have others tackled them effectively? During this interactive session, interdisciplinary experts will facilitate small group discussions related to processes, policies, and techniques that influence the pursuit and achievement of deeper energy savings.

10:45–11 a.m.

IHDA’s Qualified Allocation Plan sustainability update

Spencer Skinner, Illinois Housing Development Authority
The new sustainability guidelines of IHDA’s Qualified Allocation Plan provide developers more flexibility when seeking credits and residents and long-term building operations more direct benefits. Developers that pursue the Low Income Housing Tax Credit will now be able to select what’s best for their project. During this session, we’ll share relevant updates and provide information about the new scoring options incorporated into the guidelines.

11–11:15 a.m.

ComEd Affordable Housing New Construction update

Paul Knight, Domus PLUS
New legislation was enacted in Illinois that impacts energy efficiency program funding and management. In June, ComEd assumed responsibility for the affordable housing new construction offering previously administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Meet the affordable housing new construction team and learn about changes to the program to help owners, developers, and design teams achieve greater levels of energy efficiency on their next project.

11:15–11:45 a.m.

Closing remarks and wrap up

Jean Ascoli, ComEd Energy Efficiency Program