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AIA+2030 Professional Series 2012

Thanks to all who participated in the first of our AIA + 2030 Professional Series at BSA Space. Please consider recommending the series to friends and colleagues and help push this critical goal forward.

Below are summaries and speaker bios from the 2012 series. You can view sessions and enroll in the 2013 AIA+2030 Professional Series at

Session I
The 2030 Challenge:
Setting and achieving energy goals with integrated design

March 16
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Integrated design is an important element in the creation of next-generation 2030 Challenge compliant buildings. In this session, we will explore the Integrated Design Process (IDP) and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD). We will explore collaborative strategies that can achieve the targets outlined in the 2030 Challenge, and how this process can be used as a roadmap throughout the design process. In particular, we will examine the utility of IDP in defining core, early design decisions such as building form and orientation.
Learning objectives
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:

  • explain how the Integrated Design Process differs from traditional design

  • identify specific characteristics of Integrated Design and its implications building energy performance

  • summarize the potential benefits gained by employing the Integrated Design Process

Session speaker Chad Reilly AIA is an associate principal at CBT and has 17 years of experience in architectural design. He has worked on a number of CBT’s large-scale civic projects including the renovation of the John Adams Courthouse and the expansion of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in association with Foster + Partners of London. Chad is a prominent force behind CBT’s integration of energy modeling and BIM software into the firm’s work, and has been instrumental in integrating the use of innovative software such as IES (Integrated Environmental Software) and Ecotect into CBT’s design process. He is currently overseeing the Science Facility Modernization and Expansion project at Fitchburg State University done entirely in BIM and presented the project’s unique Building Performance Modeling process at Tradeline’s 2011 College and University Science Facilities conference. Chad serves on the Boston Society of Architects’ Committee on the Environment and Integrated Project Delivery Committee, as well as the Town of Needham’s Design Review Board. He received a Master of Architecture from University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts of Harvard University.

Billy Vreeland LEED AP is a project manager at DMI, an energy efficiency consulting firm serving commercial, industrial, and institutional clients throughout New England. His work focuses on providing energy modeling and commissioning services for large-scale new construction projects. He has extensive experience overseeing LEED projects and coordinating utility incentive studies. His work also includes industrial energy audits and retro-commissioning. Billy received a B.S. in electrical engineering and a B.A. in physics from Boston University and is a LEED Accredited Professional.


Session II
Getting to 60:
The power of targets and
load reduction

April 13
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

The goal of the 2030 Challenge® is to create buildings that are designed to meet a fossil fuel, greenhouse gas emitting, energy performance standard of 60% less than the regional (or national) average for that building type now, with the standard rising to a 70% reduction in 2015 and incrementally increasing 10% in efficiency every five years until 2030, when the goal of zero emissions is met. One of the more compelling aspects of dramatic energy reductions is the mounting evidence that if done well, such ambitious goals can actually be done with little or no added costs. This session will explore the use of EPA’s Target Finder (ENERGY STAR) to establish design targets and metrics, such as Energy Use Intensity (EUI). The session will include multiple examples of projects that have achieved exemplary energy performance, offer approaches for incorporating targets into the design process, and explore how providing targeting and EUI information can be a value-added service for design firms.

Learning objectives
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:

  • describe the energy/carbon objectives of the 2030 Challenge
  • use the Energy Star Target Finder tool to set an Energy Use Intensity target for a project
  • summarize the concept of Energy Use Intensity (EUI) and describe why it is an important tool for setting energy targets

Elizabeth Galloway is a civil engineer and energy efficiency specialist with seven years of experience and a member of SMMA’s sustainable design core team. Her focus is to create sustainable development through an integrative architecture and  engineering design process. She is also directly involved with energy modeling, research, and LEED project support. Elizabeth holds a master’s degree in Atmosphere and Energy from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Stanford University. Her graduate studies focused on sustainability in the built environment including energy efficient buildings, integrated building design, renewable power systems, and mitigating the impacts of climate change.

WSP Flack + Kurtz Senior Vice President Allan Montpellier PE, LEED AP is managing director and principal-in-charge of the Boston office, where he is responsible for managing day to day operations, contractual matters, and ensuring that quality control standards are met. Allan is a mechanical engineer and a champion for sustainability, with a focus on integrated systems, innovative alternatives and sustainable design strategies. He has been involved in the design of mechanical systems for academic, historical, commercial, hotel/hospitality, residential, cultural, retail and government facilities. Allan was the Principal-in-Charge for the Tacoma Center for Urban Waters project, which includes water sample trace testing laboratories and office support space designed to meet high energy and water conservation standards and LEED Platinum requirements.


Session III
Accentuate the positive:
Climate responsive design

May 11
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Conventional building design presumes that a building’s energy will be imported in the form of electricity and fuel. Integrated design accounts for on-site resources, as well as minimizing unwanted environmental conditions. In this session, we’ll explore using climate data and site characteristics to conduct a Site Resource Inventory to inform building design and lower building energy loads. This will set the stage for future sessions that will address specific strategies in more detail.

Learning objectives
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:

  • identify building form and orientation strategies
  • implement climate responsive design and identify building energy loads
  • understand site and climate factors as it relates to building performance

Steven Baumgartner PE, CEM, HBDP, LEED AP is an Associate with Buro Happold in New York. He has been involved in design and research of various energy simulation/analysis, and sustainable HVAC design through a number of projects in various stages design and construction. Steven provides environmental and energy expertise and is responsible for building environmental strategies, conceptual design studies, sustainable design research, and energy/carbon audits and evaluation. He runs multiple sustainability and energy consultancy projects throughout the world. He is President-Elect of the NYC Chapter of ASHRAE and contributes to various society level activities. Steven also teaches and lectures at colleges and universities throughout the country including a new three part class he developed on High-Performance Building Development at the new Center for Urban Real Estate at Columbia University.

Marcus Springer RIBA, LEED AP BD+C is an architect with over twenty years experience in the design of institutional, commercial and residential buildings. He is the co-founder and owner of Springer Architects, an international design firm, and Linnean Solutions, a consulting firm focusing on performance data-driven financial and environmental efficiency strategies for institutional and commercial building portfolio owners.  He specializes in environmentally responsible and energy efficient design and construction.  He is a LEED Accredited Professional and is a Registered Architect in the U.K.


Session IV
The importance of the thermal envelope

June 8
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

The building skin is the critical interface between occupant comfort and outdoor climatic conditions. A high performance building requires a high performance envelope, one that responds to exterior environmental impacts at various times of the year. This session will explore design, material and technology approaches to wall and window assemblies, from straightforward low cost methods to advanced double skinned wall applications. We will also address moisture issues associated with various wall insulation approaches.

Learning objectives
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:

  • identify critical elements of the thermal envelope responsible for building energy consumption
  • specify strategies for minimizing thermal bridging
  • understand the architectural elements, materials, and construction opportunities for designing a high performance thermal envelope

Joseph Lstiburek BA Sc, M Eng., PhD, P Eng, a principal of Building Science Corporation and adjunct professor of building science at the University of Toronto, is a building scientist investigating building failures and an internationally recognized authority on moisture-related building problems and indoor air quality. He is also an ASHRAE Fellow. He is a noted authority on energy-efficient construction techniques and heads one of four Building America program teams for the U.S. Department of Energy. He developed the Air Drywall Approach to air barriers (ADA) and is a former director of research of the Housing and Urban Development Association of Canada. He has written numerous books and technical papers on building construction and has conducted forensic investigations and served as an expert witness on building failures all over the U.S. He is an expert in the areas of rain penetration, air barriers, vapor barriers, air quality, durability and construction technology.

Dr. Lstiburek received an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, a master’s degree in civil engineering and a doctorate in building science at the University of Toronto. He has been a licensed Professional Engineer since 1982.


Session V
Aggressively passive:
Employing passive systems for load reduction

July 13
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Properly designed, a building captures existing resources such as light, wind, and solar radiation to provide for the comfort and needs of occupants. Passive systems work in concert to allow the building to manage energy demand through design. This session will build on the concepts introduced in Sessions 3 and 4 to flesh out a holistic strategy to designing passive systems.

Learning objectives
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:

  • define passive systems and identify specific elements of a passive design
  • appraise the effectiveness of various passive strategies based on a site’s available resources
  • determine which of a suite of strategies will be most likely to be successful on a particular site

Gunnar Hubbard AIA brings more than 23 years' experience consulting for building efforts across the United States and Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He has played a key role on a wide variety of sustainability projects and project types, including educational, manufacturing, sports, health and retail facilities; scientific, governmental and residential buildings; hotels; high-rises;  museums; and net-zero energy buildings. A LEED consultant, Gunnar has been LEED Faculty for more than five years. He develops and leads green building workshops around the world and is a licensed U.S. Green Building Council curriculum provider.

Gunnar holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies (University of Vermont) and a master’s degree in architecture (University of Oregon). He is the practice leader for the Building Sustainability Group at Thornton Tomasetti, Inc, following ten years as founder and principal of Fore Solutions, which merged with Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. in 2012.

Matthew Payne leads the East Coast practice of Built Ecology, WSP Flack + Kurtz's specialist sustainable design service. Built Ecology focuses on high performance building design in the areas of comfort, energy and water. Matthew achieves exceptional performance through innovative application of existing and emerging technologies, enhancing the outcomes of architectural and engineering systems. Central to his work is the identification of ecologically sustainable design opportunities. Matthew provides project design guidance, detailed performance analysis and design integration advice. He has led large mixed-use developments through environmental design and optimization to integrate world-class sustainable design into highly acclaimed projects, such as Central Park in Sydney. Matthew has also led climate change adaptation research and analysis in the U.K. for heritage-listed buildings and Great Ormond Street Hospital. He has presented his work in a number of forums including the Passive and Low Energy Architecture Conference (PLEA) in Geneva and the Green Building and Design Conference in Melbourne. 

Session VI
Illuminating savings:
Daylighting and integrated lighting strategies

August 10
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Lighting constitutes 29 percent of a typical American office building’s energy load. Proper lighting is also critical to occupant comfort and productivity—and an exploration of daylighting and efficient artificial lighting is and of itself an exploration of integrated design. This session will explore the nature of natural light as part of a site’s resource inventory, and identify strategies for maximizing access to beneficial light while controlling for glare and unwanted heat gain. It will couple this discussion with the latest research and application of artificial lighting choices designed to meet residual lighting needs.

Learning objectives
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:

  • evaluate various building forms and orientations for optimal daylighting potential
  • compare competing designs to determine the most effective approach to daylighting
  • assess a lighting scheme for its compatibility with an accompanying daylighting design

 Chin Lin AIA, LEED AP has fueled a career focus on green design with keen personal interest in innovation and sustainability. He is committed to proving that green design can be practical and financially feasible for schools and public buildings, and that cutting edge sustainability can be achieved without disregarding the bottom line. His work has incorporated “big ticket” green technologies like photovoltaics and wind power to great success, and he has helped fund this work through over $2.5 million in grants and utility rebates to clients including the Mary E. Baker School in Brockton, an MTC Green Schools Grant recipient and one of the first schools to attain MassCHPS certification. Chin understands that sustainable design is as much about fine-tuning details to achieve maximum efficiency as it is about employing the most current technology. His careful calibration of Brookline Town Hall’s award-winning interior lighting system required no additional equipment investment, but reduces the building’s energy use by 12-14% for the life of the building.

Keith J. Yancey, IALD, AIA, LC, P.E., a principal at Lam Partners, Cambridge, has 26 years’ experience in the architectural, lighting, and engineering fields, including daylighting and electric lighting design for projects throughout the world and developed the daylighting section of the new IGCC (International Green Construction Code). He serves on design-related juries, including AIA Rhode Island's Annual Design Awards, Architectural Lighting's A|L Light & Architecture Design Awards, and the Boston Society of Architects' Building Enclosure Council Awards. He has presented on LEED and daylighting at several AIA National Conventions, the BEST2 Conference, and GreenBuild. Keith regularly lectures at the Boston Architectural College, MIT, and Harvard University.

Keith is NCQLP Lighting certified, and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), and the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) and received his Masters of Architectural Engineering from Oklahoma State University.



Session VII
Equipment and controls for super-efficient building systems

September 7   
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

After designing for maximum passive use of site resources and mitigating energy loads, the next step to a breakthrough building is properly sized equipment and employment of advanced controls. This session will explore the concept and application of designing and specifying equipment and controls for buildings that are already designed to take care of themselves, and need mechanical intervention only during periods of peak demand. Systems such as hybrid natural-mechanical ventilation systems and other approaches to engineer the mechanical system to be as small (efficient) and effective as possible will be explored.

Learning objectives
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:

  • describe and apply right-sizing as it pertains to passive energy conservation strategies
  • utilize controls to optimizing the efficiency of equipment
  • incorporate energy efficient strategies to maintain occupant comfort

Chris Schaffner PE, LEED Christopher Schaffner, PE, LEED Fellow, is founder and principal of The Green Engineer, LLP, a sustainable design consulting firm located in Concord, MA. He is a mechanical engineer with 25 years experience in the design of energy efficient buildings. He also serves as chair of the USGBC’s Energy and Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group. 

Nick Gayeski PhD, partner and co-founder at KGS Buildings, is focused on practical application of building science and technology research and development. Gayeski has developed predictive control algorithms for energy efficient low-lift cooling systems, designed and built a low-lift cooling system, and experimentally verified its cooling energy savings potential in two climates. Gayeski has performed industry research and energy modeling at the Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratory, the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, and The Green Engineer. Data-driven modeling, analysis and control of building systems; identifying potential retrofits, improved efficiency, or better control through performance feedback; and research and development of new HVAC system integration and control strategies are a focus of his work.

Nick holds a BA in physics from Cornell University, and an MS and PhD in Building Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Session VIII

Site power:
Renewable-energy opportunities

October 12     
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

The ultimate goal of the 2030 Challenge is fossil fuel free buildings by the year 2030. As buildings approach zero for their carbon footprint, on-site renewable energy sources become a key element to the strategy. As the lower up-front cost conservation and efficiency measures are exhausted, renewable energy emerges as the final step to reaching aggressive carbon elimination goals. This session will explore the relationship between conservation and renewable energy, and explore current renewable energy opportunities, both onsite and offsite systems, such as combined heat and power and local district energy (valuable for load sharing).

Learning objectives
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:

  • describe the technology behind major on-site renewable energy strategies for buildings
  • propose an appropriate renewable energy strategy based on site characteristics and resources
  • enumerate the life cycle costs and benefits of on-site renewable energy
  • understand how district energy can provide thermal and electric services and balance neighborhood loads

Luke McKneally AIA, LEED AP is a senior project manager at Solar Design Associates with over 18 years of design experience. He specializes in energy-efficient, environmentally responsive design and the use of renewable energy in buildings. Luke is currently coordinating the solar engineering on two of the first Zero Net Energy Buildings for the state of Massachusetts, the North Shore Community College Allied Health Building and the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Headquarters.

 Paul Ormond PE, CGD, vice president at Haley & Aldrich, Inc., has more than 15 years in geothermal engineering, construction and design. Paul leads a nationwide practice, planning and implementing geothermal systems for institutions large and small. He develops new field testing, modeling, well design, ground energy storage and methods, as well as load time-shifting techniques, sometimes reducing capital costs by up to several million dollars.  

With increased focus on central plant assets and greenhouse gas reduction on college campuses, Paul’s clients include more than fifty colleges and universities for which he develops single-building and district systems to enhance or replace aging central plants. The firm is currently designing the largest geothermal system in the world, a district connecting more than 150 buildings.

Paul is currently working in the emergent field of geothermal financing and lease-back, which further offsets costs through federal tax credits. He is also an active participant in new regulatory standards for geothermal development in several states, including Massachusetts.

Steven J. Strong, Solar Design Associates president and founder, leads a group of architects and engineers dedicated to designing environmentally responsive buildings and pioneering integrated renewable energy systems--especially solar electricity. Steven has represented the U.S. on the International Energy Agency’s Solar Electricity in the Built Environment expert working group for eight years and has served as an advisor on energy and environmental issues to five governors, eight U.S. senators and four presidential candidates and many electric utilities. Steven designed and directed installation for three White House solar energy systems and a ‘solar skin’ for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva. He is currently working on multi-megawatt solar projects at U.S. embassies in Africa, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia and the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, as well as providing engineering solutions for zero net energy projects such as the Allied Health Building at North Shore Community College in Danvers.

Mark Walsh-Cooke PE, LEED AP BD+C is principal and group leader for the Boston office of international engineering firm Arup. He brings twenty-five years of experience in mechanical engineering design, analysis and construction, and has particular experience in sustainable and environmentally responsible design including low energy design, renewable energy systems, natural ventilation and thermal performance of buildings. In addition to being a member of several professional associations, Mark is an elected Overseer of the Boston Architectural College and a member of the Massachusetts Zero Net Energy Buildings Advisory Council. 



Session IX
The hand-off and
staying in shape:
Operations, maintenance
and education

November 9
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Design intent is important, but at the end of the day, how the building actually performs is really what matters. The closer the match between predicted and observed performance, the more likely a client will be happy. This session will explore the tools available to an architect to help match performance with expectations, including building commissioning, maintenance staff and occupant training, and building performance monitoring. Using building performance data to validate and improve on design and construction decisions will also be explored—providing a strong tool for iterative learning and innovation.

Learning objectives
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:

  • explain the benefits of monitoring, evaluation, and education to design firms, clients, and building occupants
  • explain and advocate for commissioning on projects
  • instruct building maintenance and operations staff on optimizing building performance

Carolyn Sarno manages Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships’ (NEEP) High Performance Building team. She assists states in improving energy code compliance and operational energy savings for retrofit and new buildings. Carolyn is the Vice Chairman of the Collaborative for High Performance Schools Board of Directors, past Chair and current member of the Town of Bedford’s Energy Task Force, and chaired Governor Deval Patrick's Net Zero Energy Task Force for Public Buildings. For the City of Newton, Carolyn managed operations and maintenance for 85 public buildings, developed a capital improvement plan incorporating sustainable practices, and coordinated a 330,000 sq. ft. high school addition.

Carolyn’s High Performance Building team received a CHPS Green Apple Award for advancing public policy concerning schools and was recognized for excellence in the advancement of building energy codes and performance, winning the U.S. Department of Energy Jeffrey A. Johnson Award for her participation in developing the nation’s first stretch energy code.

Ken Wertz CFA, MCPPO, director of maintenance and operations for the Sharon Public Schools, has worked in construction and maintenance for the past 20 years, in both the private and public sectors as a licensed plumber and construction supervisor, and as the Director of Maintenance. Ken is responsible for maintenance, construction, energy conservation, custodial services, and recommendation and management of capital projects for six buildings covering 500,000 square feet. Ken serves as President for the Massachusetts Facilities Administrators Association (MFAA).



Session X

Putting it all together:
Achieving 2030 goals on the project and at the office

December 14 
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Success with advanced energy performance projects requires not only a detailed understanding of the individual strategies involved, but also a strategic understanding of the architect’s role in the design and construction process and how to orchestrate an already dauntingly complex process. This session revisits the integrated design and target creating process, and then looks outward to contextualize the architect in the larger environment of the project and—equally important—the firm. Key to the success of the 2030 Challenge is movement from learning to action. This session will examine the movement from in-class exercise to on-site implementation. Additionally, the session will provide tools for helping your firm institutionalize the creation of high-performance buildings and becoming a change agent within your community.

Learning objectives
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:

  • set energy performance targets early to inform design objectives
  • justify the inclusion of integrated energy efficiency strategies in projects
  • teach other design professionals in their firm and community about advanced energy efficiency strategies for buildings.

 Donald Watson FAIA is an architect and author. His current focus is community and regional planning for climate risk preparedness and resilience. He was Visiting Professor at Yale School of Architecture, where he was Chair of the Environmental Design Program (1970-1990) and Professor and Dean of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1990-2000). He received the 2008 Leadership Award U.S. Green Building Council as a AIA/COTE founder and the 2002 Distinguished Professor Award Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. Among many books, he is editor of Time-Saver Standards for Urban Design, McGraw-Hill (2002) and co-author with Michele Adams, P.E. of Design for Flooding: Architecture, Landscape and Urban Design for Resilience to Climate Change.