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Thursday, May 2

10:30am PDT

Impacts, Costs and Benefits: Findings from 3 LBC Research Studies
The Living Building Challenge is a performance-based approach to sustainable design of the built environment. Generating measurable positive impacts is at its heart. So how is the Living Building movement doing? What impacts has this movement had to date, and what impacts could it have in the near future? Relatedly, what are the cost implications – for different stakeholders – of living buildings? And what some of the long term operations requirements and benefits of Living Buildings and especially the on-site water systems.

Learning Objectives:

  1. List some of the key environmental impacts that living buildings have had to date, and what is driving or causing these impacts
  2. Understand the impact potential of scaling up the number of living buildings        
  3. Describe what we are learning about the short-term and long-term financial implications of living building for different stakeholders in the process.          
  4. Explain the operation and maintenance requirements as well as the ROI and on-going benefits of on-site water systems
This session is approved for the following continuing education credits:
  • 1.5 LFA credits
  • 1.5 AIA LU|HSW credits

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Kathleen Smith

Vice President, Living Buildings, International Living Future Institute
As Vice President of Living Buildings, Kathleen oversees all aspects of the program including its continued evolution as the most innovative green building standard in the world. In addition, she provides strategic and technical consulting services with projects, institutions, and... Read More →
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Molly Freed

Senior Specialist, Technical Services, ILFI
Molly’s passion for applying critical deep green theory to practical problem-solving found a home at ILFI.  She supports the Institute’s policy program initiatives by identifying policy barriers and providing resources, research, toolkits, education, and advocacy to remove these... Read More →
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Greg Norris

Chief Scientist, ILFI
Dr. Gregory Norris is an internationally acclaimed Life Cycle Analysis expert. In addition to serving as the Institute’s Chief Scientist, Gregory is the co-director of the Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise within the Center for Health and the Global... Read More →

Thursday May 2, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Hyatt Regency - Quinault Room (5th floor)

2:00pm PDT

Collaborating in a Future Climate: Challenges and Opportunities in Low-Carbon, Resilient Building Design
This session addresses an increasingly important topic area: best practices in resilient building design. While significant emphasis has been placed on mediating the impacts of human activities on the environment and climate in the ‘green’ building industry, there is a growing sense of the need to create flexible and adaptive buildings that are resilient to climatic and other risks. Addressing these risks, which range from forest fires and earthquakes, to epidemics and power outages, necessarily requires an integrated and collaborative approach to design. Working across stakeholder groups and design team members is key to identifying the strategies that can efficiently harness resources to address multiple risks, all while reducing energy use and emissions and contributing positively to individual and social well-being.

This session will begin by showcasing examples of resilient building design processes to share lessons learned on effective collaboration, identify key design strategies, and highlight the many community and environmental benefits of resilient buildings. This will occur via presentations from our 4 panelists.

This session is approved for the following continuing education credits:
  • 1.5 LFA credits
  • 1.5 AIA LU|HSW credits

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Ralph Wells

Community Energy Manager + Sustainability and Engineering, University of British Columbia
As Community Energy Manager for UBC, Ralph is responsible for reducing energy consumption and GHG emissions in the University of BC residential neighbourhoods, and helping to define a regenerative vision for neighbourhood development. Previously, Ralph was the Sustainability Manager... Read More →
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Angie Woo

Climate Resilience & Adaptation, Lead, Facilities Management, Energy & Environmental Sustainability (EES)
Angie leads a Climate Resilience & Adaptation Program. It emerged from a recognition that climate risks and impacts to health infrastructure already have cascading impacts on health service delivery, and that development of site-based low-carbon adaptation options will increase the... Read More →
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Wilco van Bemmel

Founder & CEO, Dunefield
Wilco is the founder and CEO of urban development firm Dunefield. In his projects, he builds partnerships between residents, businesses, community groups and cities to improve the economic vitality, sustainability and affordability of communities. With over 15 years of experience... Read More →
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Lisa Westerhoff

Associate, Integral Group
Leading the Research and Planning team at Integral Group, Lisa brings her expertise in climate change, sustainability and resilience planning and policy to her work with academic, government, and not-for-profit institutions. Lisa works at multiple scales on projects ranging from the... Read More →

Thursday May 2, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
Hyatt Regency - Quinault Room (5th floor)

3:45pm PDT

Lifting the Lid: Designing & Delivering an Effective Living Building Tour
For a Living Building, the project isn’t over once the building is complete. Owners of Living Buildings are uniquely positioned to share their transformative spaces with others, offering a gateway into the LBC community for all. A powerful educational and experiential tool, tour programs can strengthen relationships with local communities, raise awareness of engagement opportunities, and empower building occupants with a deeper level of living building systems understanding.

In this workshop, three experienced LBC guides will discuss the value, strategy, and impact of building tours, tackling questions such as: How can tours support your institutional or corporate mission? What makes a memorable tour? How do we offer effective tours with sometimes limited knowledge and resources? How can we make our tours accessible to all? What are the goals of a tour program, and how do you know if you’ve been successful?

We’ll share how Hampshire College, the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, and Georgia Institute of Technology leverage tours to strengthen the impact of their Living Building Challenge projects: as part of new building-based research and curriculum, as a component of community outreach and K-12 education, and as a way to involve people in the construction process. Participants will learn how to design tours based on learning theory and proven engagement strategies, including hands-on activities, participatory problem-solving, and digital content. We’ll then invite you to develop a concept plan for your own project tour, offering support and feedback based on our experience. Each participant will leave with a plan to implement a unique, effective, and value-added tour program for their own project or site.

This session is approved for the following continuing education credits:
  • 1.25 LFA credits
  • 1.25 AIA LU credits

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Josie Eilertsen

Alumni, Hampshire College
Born and raised in Southern California, Josie Eilertsen graduated from Hampshire College inMay 2018 with Five College Architecture Major and Sustainability Certificate. At Hampshireshe studied sustainable buildings and informal education specifically at the R. W. Kern Center,the 17th... Read More →
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Drew Cutright

Project Manager, Georgia Institute of Technology
Drew Cutright is a Project Manager in the Office of the Executive Vice President of Administration and Finance at Georgia Institute of Technology. Her role includes managing a variety of environmental planning and administrative projects, including outreach and regulatory components... Read More →
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Sara Draper

R.W. Kern Center Director of Educational Program and Outreach, Hampshire College
Sara Draper is the Director of Education and Outreach at Hampshire College’s R.W. Kern Center, a certified Living Building and hub of sustainability culture and engagement. In her role as “building ambassador” Sara works across campus and beyond to make the most of the educational... Read More →
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Jessica Schultz

Communications and Living Building Coordinator, Hitchcock Center for the Environment
Jessica Schultz is Living Building Coordinator for Hitchcock Center for the Environment. She developed and leads the Center’s Living Building tour program and manages building system operations. She is a Living Building Challenge Ambassador, is Living Future Accredited, and lead... Read More →

Thursday May 2, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm PDT
Hyatt Regency - Quinault Room (5th floor)
Friday, May 3

10:30am PDT

Effective and Efficient Incorporation of Healthier Materials: The Owner/Developer’s Perspective
An efficient approach to the Materials Petal begins well before a specific project is released for design. This panel will draw from experiences with institutional owners who have explored and engaged in multiple LBC projects, honing the ability and incentive to continually improve results.
Two experienced consultants and one (or two) owners will discuss ways to incorporate the language and lessons learned over the course of eight years of LBC materials pursuit. They will explain a nuts and bolts approach to establishing ambitious, reasonable project goals that are deliverable and not overly expensive.
Practical design and team considerations include creating a healthy materials-friendly RFP, preparing insightful design team interview questions and spotting potential red flags when choosing teams and consultants. Informed choices at this stage will result in significant savings of time and effort throughout the process.
 Participants will:
  • Learn about second- and third-generation RFP language.
  • Recognize common pitfalls in team selection and division of responsibility.
  • Begin LBC materials projects with confidence in certification feasibility.
  • Understand how to incorporate healthier materials goals with minimal additional effort for design and construction teams, lowering anxiety and reducing soft costs.

This session is approved for the following continuing education credits:
  • 1.5 LFA credits
  • 1.5 AIA LU|HSW credits

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Mary Davidge

Director Global Design, REWS Development, Google
As Director of Global Design in Google's Real Estate & Workplace Services organization since 2014, Mary Davidge has led a team responsible for setting the design vision for Google's global, campus-scale real estate development projects. Her team aligns Google's senior business leaders... Read More →
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Charley Stevenson

Principal, Integrated Ecostrategy
Charley Stevenson is a sustainability consultant and green building entrepreneur focused on helping others understand, appreciate and implement LBC principles. Since 2010, Stevenson’s company, Integrated Eco Strategy (IES), has managed the green aspects of projects from 1,000 to... Read More →
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Joel McKellar

Director of Building Performance Services, Whole Building Systems
Joel McKellar provides sustainable project management services and leads efforts at Whole Building Systems to ensure all buildings improve occupant health, well-being and productivity. McKellar previously led Harvard University's Green Building Services department where he was responsible... Read More →
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Amy Johns

Director of Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives, Williams College
Amy is director of the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives at Williams College. She’s been working in the environmental sector for over fifteen years, and is particularly interested in environmental justice, strategic sustainability, environmental psychology and sustainability... Read More →

Friday May 3, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Hyatt Regency - Quinault Room (5th floor)

2:00pm PDT

The Living Building Challenge 4.0
This session explores the changes to the Living Building Challenge Standard with the release of LBC 4.0. International Living Future Institute staff will walk through each Imperative that has changed or is new, explaining the rationale behind the changes and highlighting the requirements for teams. There will also be a review of new certification options and information on resources. This session assumes some familiarity with the Living Building Challenge program and the LBC 3.1 requirements, and will therefore not spend time on the overview, background, and philosophy behind the Living Building Challenge Standard, but rather look at the details of the changes from LBC 3.1 to LBC 4.0.

Learning Objectives
1. Navigate and explain the “What’s New in 4.0” table.
2. Compare the certification pathways available to LBC project teams.
3. Describe the new Imperatives.
4. List the reasons for the latest changes to the LBC Standard.

This session is approved for the following continuing education credits:
  • 1.25 LFA credits
  • 1.25 AIA LU credits

avatar for Kathleen Smith

Kathleen Smith

Vice President, Living Buildings, International Living Future Institute
As Vice President of Living Buildings, Kathleen oversees all aspects of the program including its continued evolution as the most innovative green building standard in the world. In addition, she provides strategic and technical consulting services with projects, institutions, and... Read More →
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Allison Capen

Director, Programs, ILFI
As a Technical Director for the Living Building Challenge Allison oversees project team resources, certifications and the LBC third-party auditor program. She also contributes to education development and delivery and consulting work as needed.Allison is a licensed architect and green... Read More →

Friday May 3, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm PDT
Hyatt Regency - Quinault Room (5th floor)

3:30pm PDT

If You Can Only do One Thing: Using the COTE Toolkit to Elevate Every Project
This session is all about best practices, what they are, where to find them, and how they can be used to design better buildings in less time and with less effort. Referencing the COTE Top Ten Toolkit, a new resource that documents design best practices along the broad spectrum of sustainability measures, attendees will learn how the right information, delivered to the right people at the right time is an incredibly effective way to improve performance.

This session will present the sustainable design strategies to focus on when time, resources, or knowledge is limited. The high-impact, low-cost best practices presented in this session can be incorporated into any project and are an effective way of elevating performance in situation where, “you can only do one thing.”

Eight authors of the COTE Toolkit, each an expert in one measure of sustainable design, will share a short case study where one widely accessible and highly effective strategy was used to elevate the performance of a project. Over the span of a five minute presentation, each panelist will introduce a project where sustainability was a challenge, introduce one COTE Top Ten measure of sustainable design, share the one sustainable design strategy that was incorporated into the project from that measure, and show how the strategy improved the outcome.

Each case study will focus on a different sustainable design measure, including: benchmarking, water, energy, community, wellness, discovery, materials, and change. Audience questions will be collected by index card after each case study and the panelists will answer questions after all seven case studies have been presented.

This session is approved for the following continuing education credits:
  • 1.25 LFA credits
  • 1.25 AIA LU|HSW credits

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Corey Squire, AIA

Sustainability Manager, Lake Flato Architects
Corey Squire, AIA is the Sustainability Manager at Lake Flato Architects, a firm that focuses on site based strategies to create buildings that are respectful of nature's resources and make occupants happy. Corey works with all project teams to establish sustainability goals, analyze... Read More →
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Vikram Sami, AIA

Director of Building Performance, Olson Kundig Architects
As Olson Kundig’s director of building performance, Vikram has been working on high performance design for over eighteen years, combining technical expertise with a love of design.
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Tate Walker

Director of Sustainability, OPN Architects
Tate Walker is the Director of Sustainability at OPN Architects and leads projects and initiatives across the firm. His experience is rooted in the architectural design process, but includes program and project management, and the development of technical guidelines for high performing... Read More →
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Helena Zambrano, AIA

Director of Sustainability, Overland Partners Architects
Helena is an architect and the director of sustainability at Overland Partners. She leads the daylighting design efforts on many of Overland’s projects and uses parametric design and simulation tools to optimize daylight performance.

Betsy del Monte, FAIA

Cameron MacAllister Group
Formerly a principal and director of sustainability for The Beck Group, an integrated architecture, construction, and development firm, she has 30 years of experience in high-performance architecture and environmental responsive design.
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Gunnar Hubbard, FAIA

Principal/Sustainability Practice Leader, Thornton Tomasetti
As a principal and Thornton Tomasetti’s Sustainability practice leader, Gunnar oversees green building experts in the New York City, London, San Francisco and Portland, Maine, offices and collaborates with the firm’s six other practices and all offices.
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Stephen Endy, AIA

Architect/Sustainability Specialist, Mahlum
Stephen is a Project Architect and passionate leader of sustainability at Mahlum, a firm that believes community empowerment will be the game-changing force that leads to sustainable, transformational ways to make a world where healthy human and environmental systems thrive.  With... Read More →
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Anne Hicks Harney

President and Founder, Long Green Specs
Anne is the president and founder of Long Green and has been a practicing Architect and Spec Writer for over 30 years. She provides a solid technical foundation to high end design, emphasizing both performance and sustainability, while being at the vanguard of material selection... Read More →

Friday May 3, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm PDT
Hyatt Regency - Quinault Room (5th floor)