At 1:30 p.m. Innovations in Housing Design
Katrin Kingenberger, and
David Stecher, Ecological Construction Laboratory

Ecological Construction Laboratory is a non-profit organization founded to facilitate environmentally conscious practices and energy efficiency of buildings (the heating and cooling of all buildings in the US is responsible for 40% of all greenhouse gas emissions). e-co labís main goal is to research, implement and build environmentally friendly, healthy and economically sustainable homes of lasting quality and of the energy efficiency that will provide greater financial stability for low-income residents. By example, e-co lab will prove the benefits for thermal comfort, health and energy performance and that those homes are economically viable today. The presentation will introduce the two guiding design principles used by e-co lab: the Passive House Concept as the energy standard and the cradle-to-cradle principle as the environmentally designed materials guideline. Construction techniques, projects and other activities of e-co lab locally and nationally will be described. Funding sources for green projects will be highlighted, as well as the challenges to qualify as a starting and therefore small organization with no track record.

About our presenters . . . Katrin Klingenberg is the founder and director of e-co lab, and provides project management and passive house design. She facilitates green workshops and charrettes, and is responsible for building science and construction analysis.

David Stecher, Assistant Director and Building Envelope Analyst, is responsible for modeling, building design assistance, on-site engineering and management, Residential HVAC system design, building energy simulation, data acquisition system design and programming, domestic water systems design, and thermal comfort analysis.


Laboratory for Community and Economic Development | College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
University of Illinois Extension | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign