James K. Vallort, LEED AP, CBCP, CEM, CSDP, EBCP
Jim is the Practice Leader for Energy + ECO, Controls and Commissioning at Environmental Systems Design Inc. (ESD) located in Chicago, Illinois. As a Practice Leader, Jim coordinates the day to day activities of over 25 engineers and provides thought leadership across the 250+ engineer firm. ESD is a full service MEPFP&T engineering firm with a headquarters in Chicago with over 40 years of experience. Jim has served as designer, project manager, Cx authority and program manager for all types of projects ranging from BSL4 lab spaces to LEED Platinum refrigerated warehouses to data centers to high performance buildings across the US.
Vallort received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Bradley University in 1991.
Jim is a current ASHRAE Vice President. He began his participation in ASHRAE in 1990, primarily at the local grass roots level. He has passed through the chairs at the chapter level and served as chapter president of the Illinois Chapter in 1998. At the chapter level Jim has been very involved with the Winter Host Committee having served as General Chair in 1998 and has been a member of every Host Committee since 1993. Jim then moved into the Regional area of ASHRAE serving as the DRC for Region VI and then as a DAL having the unique perspective of both a DAL & DRC on the BOD. Other committees he has served on include: Standards, Tech Council, Members Council, Pub & Ed Council, Journal Insights, meetings Arrangements, Program Committee, Host Committee, Planning Committee, CIBSE/ASHRAE Joint Conference, Ad Hoc on Society Meeting Format, Standards Advisory Committee, Members Council Ad Hoc on Young Engineers, and PEAC. As a member of the Ad Hoc on Young Engineers he established the foundation of YEA. Jim has been an EXO to Membership Promotion, Meetings Arrangements, Historical and Professional Development. The first TC Jim was involved with was TC9.1 and currently is active in TC 7.9 and SPC 211. He received an Excellence in Engineering Award in 1998, Distinguished Service Award in 2001, Exceptional Service Award in 2013 and became an ASHRAE Fellow in 2014.
He has also been a member at various times of: RETA, AEE, USGBC, IARW, and ASHE.