SOURCE: Scranton Gillette Communications

December 03, 2014 12:00 ET

Launch Announcement: New Name, Wider Focus for BUILDINGChicago/Greening the Heartland

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL--(Marketwired - Dec 3, 2014) - 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 expo/conference 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 on 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 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. The call for papers will open December 15, 2014. Sponsorships and tabletop exhibits are available.

For more information on the event, visit www.buildingtheheartland.com or contact Harry Urban at hurban@sgcmail.com; 847.954.7928.

For sponsorship information, contact John Rogier at jrogier@sgcmail.com; 847.391.1053.

### SGC Horizon serves the infrastructure, equipment, residential and commercial construction markets with award-winning publications, websites and industry-leading events. Combined, SGC Horizon/Scranton Gillette Communications' print, custom and digital products serve 16 diverse industries.

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