Buildings 2.0 Conference

Date & Time

8.23.2018 7:30AM - 5:00PM


UI Labs 1415 North Cherry Ave Chicago, IL 60642

Sensor enabled smart buildings that know when they need cleaning, heating or cooling. Buildings that harness rainwater, use less and recycle more. Resiliency buildings that withstand disaster. Sustainable buildings made completely from environmentally friendly materials. 

The features of Buildings 2.0 are incredible and promising, potentially improving the environment, the longevity of the building, and the lifestyle of the end user. The problem is, they aren’t necessarily easy — or inexpensive — to implement.

Some burning questions remain for businesses:

What are the important emerging technologies disrupting everything? How important is it to put these features into buildings?  How do we pay for it? Who are the major players dominating the market? How do you compete? How do we get our codes and standards in line with these new features? … are just a few of the questions you might gave.

Join us as we spend a full day exploring the opportunities of future buildings, and what needs to be done to bring our goals closer to reality.

Buildings Experts (Aka Our Speakers)

Dwight Stewart

Founder & CTO, Igor, Inc.

Joe Dardis

Structural Steel Specialist, American Institute of Steel Construction

Benjamin Pleat

CEO, Doorbell Communities

Connell McGill

CEO, Co-founder, Enertiv

Chase Garbarino

Co-founder & CEO, HqO

Benjamin Skelton

CEO, Cyclone Energy Group

Blake Miller


Gabriel Halimi

CEO / Co-founder, Flo

Kurt Karnatz

President, ESD

Michael Smith

Sr. Vice President, Constellation

Neil Lakomiak

Director of Business Development & Innovation, UL

Scott Seyer

Principal, Goettsch Partners

Alex Samoylovich

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, CEDARst Companies

Adam Hengels

Co-Founder, Parafin

Derek McGarry

Head Building Performance Engineer, Abundant Power Group

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Day 1 Schedule

7:15AM – 7:50AM


7:50AM – 8:20AM

Speed Networking

The difference between a typical industry event and a BuiltWorlds event? The quality of the people in the room. Speed networking is our way of connecting you with the other influencer’s in the room. We’ll show you the rules once you arrive!

8:20AM – 8:30AM

Opening Remarks

8:30AM – 9:00AM

The Client

Most new buildings begin with the an idea in the mind of a clients. This idea could lead to a competition, a commission, a master plan, or even the preservation of an existing building. As the client contemplates the type of building they want to solve their problem, they must consider the style of the building, how they want it to perform, how it might adapt to new market forces or patterns of use, and, ultimately, how long they will own the building. They further must consider what type of operation structure they will put into place once the building is complete. During this conversation, we will explore how these concerns differ depending on the type of client, program of project, and overall scale.

9:00AM – 9:30AM

The Design

Once the brief for a building has been solidified, the architect must consider how they are going to meet that demand and distinguish themselves from other architects that might also be competing for the same job. During this panel, we will explore how architects are developing unique styles that helps them to stand out as well as how they are adopting best practices in environmental, structural, and systems engineering so that the buildings they produce perform at the highest level. At the same time, we will explore how architects are looking beyond the scope of their building in order to consider how it is integrated with the city and how it can have a positive social and economic impact.

9:30AM – 10:00AM

The Consultants

Buildings at all scales are the result of collaboration between a team of consultants that address different specialized aspects of building design that range from structural engineering to mechanical systems, plumbing, AV and IT, energy performance, and civil engineering. The input of their groups is often what defines how well the building performs and the ease with which it will ultimately be operated by the owner. As a result, it is essential to carefully coordinate the work of these groups and ensure that it meets future demands for the project.

10:00AM – 10:15AM


10:15AM – 10:45AM

The Materials

Maxim Khabur, Chief Marketing Officer, iglass

The last two decades have seen tremendous advances in the materials out of which buildings are constructed. Computer aided design and digitally aided fabrication have led to a new level of precision that can be used to construct highly complex geometries. During this discussion, we will explore how designed chose materials, how these materials contribute to building performance, and how contractors are learning how to build to the specifications. We will also look at how unique materials can contribute to the identity of the building and a sense of place.

10:45AM – 11:15AM

Intelligent Buildings

Dwight Stewart, Founder and CTO, Igor

It is increasingly important to understand how a building is being used, how it is consuming energy, and how it can be linked to other platforms and technologies that support the inhabitants. During this conversation, we will explore how data is collected from a wide range of systems and spaces, how this data is analyzed, and how the results are used to better manage the building so that it can be maintained in the most effective manner possible.

11:15AM – 11:45PM

Energy Performance of a Building

Simon Bindloss, Director of Strategy and New Business, Wavelength Lighting, Alexander Suma, Founder and CEO, Ibis Power

Beyond the overall intelligence of a building, there are a number of steps that can be taken to optimize the energy performance of a building. Doing so helps to reduce that cost of operating a building. During this conversation, we will explore how to analyze energy use and how to make changes to improve energy use. We will do so by looking at some of the most sustainable buildings being built today as well as the barriers to broader adoption of such standards.

11:45AM – 12:15PM

Breakout Session

12:15PM – 1:15PM


1:15PM – 1:45PM

Building Benchmarking

As buildings become more intelligent, it becomes possible to compare and contrast buildings within a city in order to set broader standards and better understand the total energy consumed within a particular region. This in turn allows for the development of best practices, standards, and certifications that can improve the energy performance of cities and ultimately support broader resilience and sustainability.

1:45PM – 2:15PM

The Future House

While many large scale buildings have become increasingly intelligent and sophisticated, the smaller scale domestic dwelling has, in many cases, not benefited from these advancements. While there are a wide range of incentive programs and new technology continues to enter the market, many existing homes have yet to be retrofitted while new homes are still being constructed via antiquated standards often driven by limited profit margins for developers. During this discussion, we will look at some of the most cutting edge homes and explore how the standards they set can be applied more broadly.

2:15PM – 2:30PM

Break and Networking

2:30PM – 3:00PM

The Supertall Building

Supertall buildings have garnered a great deal of attention over the last two decades as cities throughout China and the Middle East have developed rapidly. These buildings offer an iconic silhouette for developing cities that want to distinguish themselves on the international stage. Erecting these structures presents unique challenges ranging from the overall structural strategy that must support vertical loads at the bottom and increasingly powerful lateral loads at the top to the the complexities of construction and even the challenges of engineering lifts to take residents to ever higher heights. During this panel, we will look at some of the most complex and daring buildings to be proposed and built over the last decade.

3:00PM – 3:30PM

The International and The Global

82 years ago, The International Style was coined by Hitchcock and Johnson. This term defined a century of rapid development in how we make buildings – ultimately culminating in the current wave of super tall skyscrapers. During this discussion, we will explore how the international style has evolved and what, if anything, can be defined as a current global architectural movement. In doing so, we will look at the differences in how buildings are designed and constructed in cities around the world.

3:30PM – 4:30PM

Networking Reception

Member Exclusives at Buildings 2.0

Buildings 2.0 – Retail Day

August 22 from 1:00PM – 5:00PM

Join us for an intimate, member-only conference focused specifically on retail leading into our Buildings 2.0 Conference.

We will be exploring the shift from purchase fulfillment at the store to fulfillment at the warehouse, the shift to experience retail in stores and malls, the shift to smarter stores and more.

Register Here




VIP Kick Off Party at Skender

August 22 from 6:00PM – 8:00PM

Join us for an evening of drinks and hors d’oeurves at Skender. Network with Buildings 2.0 speakers, special guests, BuiltWorlds’ members, and of course the BuiltWorlds team.

Skender is located at 1330 W Fulton St. Suite #200. Please check-in with a photo ID.

Register Here

UI Labs 1415 North Cherry Ave Chicago IL 60642

About BW Events

BuiltWorlds is the community fueling the conversation on emerging technology and new approaches in buildings and infrastructure.

Not your typical “snooze-worthy” industry conference, our events offer a flare of personality, with flash-style keynotes, dynamic event MC’s, interactive panel discussions/group breakouts, and opportunistic networking games that help you make the most of your experience.

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What’s included in the ticket price?
– Access to all speaker sessions at the conference
– Continental breakfast, lunch, and all-day refreshments
– Access to Speed Networking and post-conference Speaker Meet and Greet
– Access to available white papers, speaker presentations (per speaker consent) and event attendee portal.

Can I buy a ticket to just the networking sessions?
Networking session tickets are not available. If you want to connect with industry executives, thought leaders, and other major decision makers, plan to come the full day!

Are meals provided?
Yes! We provide you with breakfast and lunch, as well as refreshments, which are available all day. Please note that the conference ends at 5pm and that dinner is not included.

What is the refund policy?
Due to the limited ticket availability, there is no refund on ticket purchases.

Which airport should I fly into?
O’Hare and Midway are both great options. Please contact our Events Manager, Kristin Carey, for any logistics questions.

Where can I get more questions answered?
We’re happy to help you – contact our Events Manager for all BuiltWorlds related questions.