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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 50 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 is a Board member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Illinois Chapter, 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” 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. Helen is also a USGBC Faculty member. USGBC Faculty are the official instructors of USGBC's instructor-led workshops working with USGBC's education delivery partners. As USGBC Faculty, Ms. Kessler is authorized to teach the following instructor-led workshops:

  • LEED 101: Green Building Basics and LEED
  • LEED 201: Core Concepts and Strategies
  • BDC 251: Understanding the Building Design and Construction LEED Rating Systems
  • BDC 301: Implementing the Building Design and Construction LEED Rating Systems

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.