BUILDING the HEARTLAND Call for Papers now open


BUILDINGChicago/Greening the Heartland, launched in 2013, has been renamed BUILDING THE HEARTLAND. To be held August 31-September 2, 2015, at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza, Chicago’s first LEED Gold hotel, the event is produced by Building Design+Construction (BD+C) and Scranton Gillette Communications/SGC Horizon, in conjunction with USGBC Illinois, the Greening the Heartland Committee, and AIA Chicago. 

“We wanted to broaden the conference content to provide discussion of new technology, the residential market, and the needs of owners, developers, and occupants of buildings," says BD+C Editorial Director Robert Cassidy, who is also the Conference chairman. “BUILDING THE HEARTLAND will still be about 50% ‘green’ in content, with sessions that cover environmental responsibility, sustainability, resiliency, and healthy building.”

The 2015 BUILDING THE HEARTLAND program will feature five tracks:1) Technology (e.g., BIM, robotics, field tools, 3D printing); 2) Owner/Developer/Occupant panels (“What they want from their Building Teams”); 3) Residential (single-family, condo, apartment), 4) High-Performance Buildings (LEED, Green Globes, Energy Star, Living Building Challenge), and 5) High-Performance Building Systems and Tools (e.g., energy modeling, biophilia, energy codes, materials, stormwater management).

In addition to leading keynote speakers and networking events, the 2015 BUILDING THE HEARTLAND also will feature an all-day LEED v4 workshop. 

All education sessions will offer AIA CES or Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) accreditation—and, in most cases, both.

Click here to learn more about the 2015 Call for Education Proposals.

Sponsorships and tabletop exhibits are available.

For sponsorship information, contact John Rogier:,847.391.1053.


For attendees or exhibitors to register and view more information on conference seminars, contact Harry Urban at; 847.954.7928.