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Helen J. Kessler

  • AP-BDC Certified
  • AP-Homes Certified
  • LEED Fellow

HELEN J. KESSLER, FAIA, LEED FELLOW is President of HJKessler Associates, a
sustainable design, LEED, energy efficiency and commissioning consulting
services firm which she founded in 2003. With over 30 years experience in
sustainable design, she has had a leading role on over 70 LEED projects.
HJKessler Associates’ projects include higher education facilities, K-12
schools, office buildings, life safety facilities, commercial interiors and
many other building types.

Ms. Kessler was a Board member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
Illinois Chapter for six years, directs its education programs and was a voting member of
the national LEED for Commercial Interiors Core Committee. She is past
co-chair of the AIA Chicago Committee on the Environment, chaired the Energy
Code Committee, which created Chicago’s first energy code, and was a voting
member on the ASHRAE committee that created Guideline 0 – The Building
Commissioning Process.

Ms. Kessler is a frequent speaker and author on sustainability topics and
regularly teaches various courses, including “Sustainability in
Construction” and "Systems Thinking for Sustainable Design" at Northwestern University, “The Integrative Design Process
for High Performance Buildings,“Green Building – The Nuts and Bolts for
Contractors,” a program which she co-created for the USGBC Chicago Chapter
and Wilbur Wright College, as well as lighting economics for IESNA Chicago.
She has written hundreds of articles on green building, energy efficiency and
solar energy and has given hundreds of presentations on these subjects. Helen
has received several awards, including the USGBC Illinois Natural Leader
Award “Intent to Matter”, the Illinois Real Estate Journal Women in Real
Estate “Impact” Award and Alumnus of the Year, The University of Arizona
Honors College.

Ms. Kessler holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from The University of
Arizona and a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School,
University of Pennsylvania.