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Buildings 2.0 Conference


8.23.2018 7:30AM - 5:00PM


UI Labs 1415 North Cherry Ave Chicago, IL 60642

Premier Sponsors

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 have.

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)

Patrick Boyle

Director, Corporate Sustainability, Sloan

Joe Dardis

Structural Steel Specialist, American Institute of Steel Construction

Chase Garbarino

Co-founder & CEO, HqO

Gabriel Halimi

CEO / Co-founder, Flo

Susan Heinking

Director of High Performance, Sustainability, Pepper Construction

Adam Hengels

Co-Founder, Parafin

Kurt Karnatz

President, ESD

Anthony Knierim

CEO, OurHood

Neil Lakomiak

Director of Business Development & Innovation, UL

Derek McGarry

Head Building Performance Engineer, Abundant Power Group

Connell McGill

CEO, Co-founder, Enertiv

Blake Miller

CEO, Homebase.ai

Drew Morrison

Energy Engineer, Seventhwave

Jake Pepper, LEED® AP

Vice President, Integrated Construction Services, Pepper Construction

Dave Pikey

Vice President - Technology, Hill Group

Benjamin Pleat

CEO, Doorbell Communities

Damon Ranieri

Senior BIM Integration Manager, Lendlease

Alex Samoylovich

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, CEDARst Companies

Scott Seyer

Principal, Goettsch Partners

Benjamin Skelton

CEO, Cyclone Energy Group

Phil Stafford

Chief Operating Officer | Chicago, Colliers International

Dwight Stewart

Founder & CTO, Igor, Inc.

Raj Subramanian

Co-Founder & Product Head, Facilio Inc.

Alexander Suma

CEO & Founder , Ibis Power

Supporting Sponsors

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Day 1 Schedule

8:00 am

Breakfast and Networking

Jumpstart your day with a burst of opportunity at our BuiltWorlds breakfast! Don’t miss the chance to connect with top industry leaders and a professional network that can help push your company’s mission forward.

8:30 am

Opening Remarks

Matt Abeles, Co-Founder, BuiltWorlds

9:10 am – 9:40 am

Tech in Office Buildings

Moderator: Kurt Karnatz, President, Environmental Systems Design // Chase Garbarino, CEO & Co-Founder, HqO // Dwight Stewart, Founder & CTO, Igor // Neil Lakomiak, Director of Business Development & Innovation, UL

The technology revolution has come for the cubicle farm. Now, there are management apps to turn your phone into a remote control for your office, smart lighting apps to make sure the lights are actually turned off at night and so many others. During this panel, we’ll chat with the startups creating the softwares and technologies that help office buildings operate on the cutting-edge.

9:40 am – 10:10am

Tech in Residential Buildings

Moderator: Damon Ranieri, Senior BIM Integration Manager, Lendlease // Benjamin Pleat, CEO & Co-Founder, Doorbell.me // Blake Miller, CEO, Homebase.ai // Anthony Knierim, CEO, OurHood // Alex Samoylovich, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Cedar Street Ventures

While many large-scale buildings have become increasingly intelligent and sophisticated, smaller scale domestic dwellings often lack the benefits of these advancements. Though a wide range of incentive programs and technology advancements continue to enter the market, many existing homes have yet to be modernized. At the same time, new homes are being constructed under archaic standards that limit innovative developments, sustainability, and profitability. During this discussion, we will look at some of the most cutting-edge technology and initiatives, and explore how their advanced standards can be applied more broadly.

10:10 am – 10:20 am

Networking + Refreshments

Sponsored by: Site1001 - Keith Stewart

10:20 am – 10:30 am

Research Briefing

Matt Gagne, Research Manager, BuiltWorlds

The BuiltWorlds Research team will set the stage about how today’s smart buildings are being managed and dive into their newest BuiltWorlds Insights releases including the Building Tech 50 Top List and the Research Report titled, Unlock Energy Efficiency in Your Building.

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Panel: Building Operations and Maintenance

MODERATOR: Phil Stafford, COO, Colliers International // Gabriel Halimi, CEO & Co-Founder, Flo Technologies // Connell McGill, CEO, Enertiv // Rajavel Subramanian, Co-Founder, Facilio

Beyond energy efficiency, the promise of smart buildings is simple - through one software platform, owners and developers can take control of their building. Predictive maintenance, streamlined operations, optimized utility management, it’s all just a few clicks away. We sit down with leading technology providers to explore how these platforms are being used and what benefits they bring to building owners.

11:00 am – 11:30 am

Panel: Energy Management

MODERATOR: Susan Heinking, Vice President of High Performance & Sustainable Construction, Pepper Construction // Derek McGarry, Head Building Performance Engineer, Abundant Power // Deepinder Singh, CEO, 75F // Benjamin Skeleton, CEO, Cyclone Energy // Drew Morrison, Energy Engineer, Seventhwave

There are a number of factors that influence energy performance and can reduce a building’s operating expenses. This conversation will explore ways to analyze the use of energy, increase efficiency, and improve a building’s operational and maintenance capacity. In doing so, we will look at some of the most sustainable buildings being built today, potential barriers, and the methods that support efficient operation standards.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Keynote: Global Breakthroughs

Alex Suma, CEO and Co-Founder, IBIS

A zero-energy high rise building powered by wind and solar units mounted on the roof of the building. This is the future that IBIS Power is bringing to life with their PowerNEST technology. IBIS Founder Alex Suma will explore how innovative energy solutions can be highly efficient, economic, and architecturally beautiful.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Keynote: Supertall Buildings

Joe Dardis, Structural Steel Specialist, American Institute of Steel Construction

Supertall buildings have garnered a great deal of attention over the last two decades but building these structures presents unique challenges. The American Institute of Steel Construction has supported the development of a revolutionary system of composite steel plate shear walls called SpeedCore. Joe Dardis of the American Institute of Steel Construction will discuss how SpeedCore can be deployed to construct buildings more safely, more efficiently and of course, more quickly.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Fireside Chat: Machine Learning and The Future of Design

Moderator: Isabel Singer, Research Analyst, BuiltWorlds // Adam Hengels, Co-Founder, PARAFIN

Generative design, an approach based in machine learning, is the contemporary frontier of building design and pushing this frontier even further is the tech start-up PARAFIN. Using cloud computing and a proprietary generative design technique, PARAFIN generates millions of building configurations each tied to a budget and financial model to solve for optimal value creation and viability. BuiltWorlds Research Analyst Isabel Singer sits down with PARAFIN Co-Founder Adam Hengels to discuss the promise of generative design and how real estate developers can use the technology to maximize the value creation on a piece of land.

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

BuiltWorlds Research Workshop

After a full day of panels and speakers, uncover the real takeaways that your company will benefit from. Break into smaller groups and analyze which technology is most exciting, what obstacles you foresee in implementing it, and what potential solutions can address these challenges. Learn from your peers and make invaluable connections during these intimate discussions.

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Industry Panel + Buildings Town Hall

Moderator: Matt Gray, Co-Founder, BuiltWorlds // David Pikey, Vice President - Corporate Technology, The Hill Group // Jake Pepper, Vice President - Integrated Construction Services, Pepper Construction // Patrick Boyle, Director of Sustainability, Sloan Valve Company

Technology trends come and go but the innovations with real staying power are the ones actually being used and implemented on job sites. We’ll chat with industry heavyweights about the trends they’re excited about, the cutting-edge tools they’re already using, and where they see industry heading.

3:00 pm

Closing Remarks + Networking

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 // Sponsored by Homebase.ai

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.

For the password to register, please contact Kristin Carey at kristin.carey@builtworlds.com.

Register Here

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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  Alex Maksymec at alex.maksymec@builtworlds.com for any logistics questions.

Where can I get more questions answered?
We’re happy to help you! Please contact  Alex Maksymec at alex.maksymec@builtworlds.com for any and all questions!

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.