WCC & HBSCC North Shore Breakfast - High Design/Low Carbon Homes: Preparing for the Fast Approaching Future

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Thursday, February 13, 2020
7:00am— 8:30am
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Max & Benny's
461 Waukegan Rd
Brookside Shopping Center
Northbrook, IL 60062
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Please join Wharton Club of Chicago and Harvard Business Club of Chicago for the February 13th North Shore Breakfast as we welcome Nathan Kipnis, FAIA.

There is a news article everyday reporting on the climate emergency—from fires in Australia to record high temperatures and flooding events closer to home—reminding us of our urgent need to stop burning fossil fuels and pumping CO2 into the atmosphere.  This presentation will discuss how the architectural practice of Kipnis Architecture + Planning integrates sustainability, resilient design (the ability for buildings to be able to handle natural and man made disasters and quickly recover) and wellness with residential and commercial projects  - ‘High Design/Low Carbon™’.   

An overview will be given on why low carbon, moving towards zero carbon, resilient and healthy buildings are so important for their occupants and the planet.  Examples of various designs will be provided, and, for larger residential projects, an integrated approach called ’NextHaus Alliance’ will be given.


Nathan Kipnis, FAIA

Nathan Kipnis is a fellow of the AIA and principal of Kipnis Architecture + Planning (KAP), based in Evanston, IL and Boulder, CO.  KAP was recently named one of the top 25 environmental architectural firms in the US. Mr. Kipnis’ designs have been extensively published locally and nationally and he was one of 25 environmental ‘Giants’ featured in the 2016 documentary ‘Green Giants’.  He was awarded the prestigious 2019 Emerald Award from the Illinois Green Alliance.

Mr. Kipnis recently completed a two term as the national co-chair of the AIA’s 2030 Commitment Working Group, helping architects design to Net Zero energy and carbon levels by 2030, as well as the AIA’s Sustainable Leadership Group.  He will continue to serve on the AIA’s national 2030 Commitment Working Group through 2020.  Additionally, he was a design and technology consultant for the 2017 ‘House by Northwestern’ Solar Decathlon entry.  

Mr. Kipnis is also the founder of NextHaus Alliance, a new, premium design/build concept to provide ‘net zero’ sustainable and resiliently designed homes.  

Mr. Kipnis received his Master of Architecture with an emphasis in Energy Conscious Design from Arizona State University in 1985 and his Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1983. He has been strongly focused on energy efficient  architectural design since entering college, and designed his first solar home in Boulder in 1983 when he was just 21 years old.


DATE: Thursday, February 13, 2020
Pre-Pay REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at noon.
TIME: 7:00-8:30 am
LOCATION: Max & Benny’s (Brookside Shopping Center), 461 Waukegan Road, Northbrook, IL 60062
COST: Please prepay
Pre-paid $20.00
Walk-in tickets at the door: $30.00

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461 Waukegan Rd, Brookside Shopping Center, Northbrook, IL 60062, United States,
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