Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Community Development Resources for August 2014

Building for Sustainability
Building for Sustainability: CCLF's Monthly Resource

August 2014
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Welcome to the August issue of Building for Sustainability! Each month, Chicago Community Loan Fund (CCLF) brings you resources for community development, good design and sustainability. Click here to find: Grants & RFPs, Events, Resources, Trainings & Workshops and Conferences.
Registration Open! CCLF's Building for Sustainability Workshop
September 11-12, 8:45 am-5:00 pm, Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 S. Sacramento Ave.
This two-day workshop provides an overview of sustainable design and resources to help you develop healthy and efficient buildings. Don't miss this opportunity to network with other practitioners and tour local projects, including a new multifamily project and an in-process, single family gut rehab. Register by August 29 to get the early bird price! Breakfast and lunch will be included each day. Contact CCLF's workshop coordinator for more information.
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AIA Bridge Program Seeking Applications
Applications Due August 6
Bridge is celebrating five years as a highly successful mentoring program sponsored by AIA Chicago, the College of Fellows and the Young Architects Forum. The program intends to bridge the gap between the need for mentorship in the architecture profession and the ability of experienced architects to pass on what they have learned to the future generation of architects. For more information and a full schedule, click here.
Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards
Applications Due September 11
The Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards (CNDA), established in 1995, recognize outstanding achievement in community development in five different categories, covering both nonprofits and for-profits in the Chicago area. Applications are now being accepted for the CNDA and for the Richard H. Driehaus Awards for Architectural Excellence in Community Design. The awards ceremony will take place on February 17, 2015.
Graham Foundation Grants to Individuals
Applications Due September 15
The Graham Foundation is accepting applications for grants from individuals who are working to create, develop and communicate about architecture and the designed environment in a way that will contribute to their creative, intellectual and professional growth at transformative stages in their careers. Learn more and apply here.
Solar Chicago: Join Now to Save
Program is available through September 30
Solar Chicago is a partnership between the City of Chicago, the Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC), Vote Solar and the World Wildlife Fund. This solar discount program will help homeowners pool their buying power to make going solar more affordable than ever while helping to achieve community clean energy education and installation goals. Get more information and register here - the more people who register, the higher your savings, so spread the word!
Combined Heat & Power Pilot Program
Applications Due November 21
The Illinois Energy Now Program has announced a new program for public entities in the state of Illinois. The Combined Heat and Power Program, or CHP for short, provides cash incentives for CHP projects that increase the efficiency of wastewater plants, community colleges, hospitals, and other buildings in the public sector. CHP is an efficient and clean approach to generating power and thermal energy from a single fuel source. Learn more and apply here.
Monster Truck Food Rally returns to Plant Chicago
August 9, 11:00 am-3:00 pm, The Plant, 1400 W. 46th Street
The Plant, Chicago's first vertical farm and food business incubator is once again hosting the city's finest food trucks for a great day of Southside fun at its third annual Food Truck Rally. Tickets are now on sale for $5, and will be available for $7 at the door.
Comment Period Open for Amending the Illinois Energy Conservation Code
Proposed amendments accepted from July 1, 2014 - December 1, 2014
The Capital Development Board (CDB), in conjunction with the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, is beginning the update cycle for the Illinois Energy Conservation Code from the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) to the 2015 IECC. CDB is required to seek input from representatives of the building trades, design professionals, construction professionals, code administrators, and other interested entities affected by the new Code. Amendments or comments can be submitted to Lisa Mattingly, lisa.mattingly@illinois.gov.
Smart Chicago: Cook County Land Bank Training
How to Find Information About Properties
Smart Chicago presented at the Cook County Land Bank Workshop, hosted by the Metropolitan Planning Council, about how to find information about properties. If you missed the workshop, check out this Smart Chicago blog post as a recap of their useful presentation.
New Report Shows Growing Demand for Green Homes
USGBC releases LEED in Motion: Residential report
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) now estimates that there are as many as 150,000 LEED-certified green housing units worldwide, a number that more than doubled between 2011 and 2013 and continues to grow steadily, according to their recently released report LEED in Motion: Residential.
CNT Launches Rain Ready
New online resources supported by the City of Chicago
Rain Ready is designed to help individuals, businesses and communities find solutions to the problem of too much or too little water. Developed by the Center for Neighborhood Technology, this online resource provides useful information on handling rain water for homeowners, cities and towns, and regions.
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Passive House & Multifamily: A Perfect Match
August 15, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, 208 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 1300
Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) and Heartland Alliance are hosting a day-long workshop intended to be a passive house primer and an opportunity to learn how it can help affordable and market rate developers, architects and builders. Learn how passive house design makes for extremely energy efficient, comfortable, healthy and resilient buildings - and now just single-family houses!
Get Steamed...A Steam Heating Primer
August 30, 2:30-4:30 pm, Rebuilding Exchange, 1740 W. Webster
In this workshop, Dave Bunnell, The Steam Whisperer, will cover items such as basic maintenance, how to spot and solve common problems and how to improve comfort and efficiency. Join him to learn what is old and new in steam heating. Register here. A full schedule of Rebuilding Exchange workshops and shop times can be found here.
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Save the Date: BUILDING Chicago/Greening the Heartland Conference
September 29-October 1, Holiday Inn Chicago Plaza
Registration is now open for the BUILDING Chicago/Green the Heartland, a major conference and trade expo serving architects, engineers, contractors, property owners, real estate developers, government officials and community organizations in the Midwest. The inaugural event in 2013 featured more than 70 accredited education courses and 40 exhibitors, and drew more than 600 attendees, including top-tier management from well-known companies and facilities.
North American Passive House Conference
September 10-14, Bay Area, CA
Registration is open for the 9th Annual North American Passive House Conference. Each year the PHIUS brings together leading national and international passive builders, policy makers, energy consultants, architects, academics, energy media members and consumers for the largest passive building event on the continent, which will be held in the Bay Area this year.
Housing Action Illinois' Housing Matters! Conference
Early Bird Registration ends August 15
Each year, affordable housing practitioners and advocates come together at Housing Action Illinois' Housing Matters! Conference, taking place this year October 2-3 in Bloomington, to network and obtain the latest training and information on affordable housing issues. There will be 18 workshop sessions in 5 different tracks. Register by August 15 for early bird pricing.
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