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Thursday, May 2

10:30am PDT

Better Ideas, Greater Commitment, More Fun: Collaborative Intelligence for Sustainability Project Teams
What if you could harness the best ideas from an organization or project team in record time, hear everyone’s perspective, and increase engagement in the decision outcomes? The field of collaborative intelligence is helping organizations of all kinds do just that, and sustainability project teams have a tremendous opportunity to use this new learning to create better buildings and communities.

Co-led by expert practitioners in green building consulting and in group facilitation, this session uses storytelling, concrete, real-time exercises and a tailored, take-home cheat sheet to give participants new tools to enhance their work immediately.

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

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Chris Forney

Principal, Brightworks Sustainability
With over 20 years of experience and advanced subject-matter expertise in sustainable design and construction, Chris Forney is one of the country’s most experienced sustainability practitioners.His clients throughout the country range from Google, Hyatt, LinkedIn, and Related to... Read More →
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Rita Haberman

Senior Project Manager, Brightworks Sustainability
Rita Haberman has more than 10 years of experience helping public and private clients achieve their green building program goals.
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Julie Huffaker

Partner & Secret Weapon, Deeper Funner Change
Julie helps organizations get bolder results through collaborative intelligence - a group's ability to out-think, out-innovate, and out-adapt even their smartest individuals. Part think tank, part consultancy, Deeper Funner Change structures and facilitates game-changing collaboration... Read More →

Thursday May 2, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Hyatt Regency - Chiwawa Room #501

2:00pm PDT

Ecology of Collaboration: an Exercise and Education
In the summer of 2015 the Ecology School of Saco Maine had the opportunity to purchase a historic farm along the Saco river some five miles inland from their current location on Ferry Beach. The School has run small, seasonal residential education programs out of their current leased location for twenty years and this chance to purchase a beautiful riverfront farm that was bound by conservation lands was one they could not pass up.

This interactive panel discussion will provide a candid insight into this unexpected collaboration, exploring lessons learned, challenges, and the rewards of this unique process. And, importantly this discussion will focus heavily on how the complexity and capacity provide by this team helped and hindered the process of developing a Living Building Challenge project.

This discussion will illustrate the process of learning, stumbling, and support that we all went through and will highlight a number of specific lessons learned that may be useful to other trying to find best practices and would most certainly be scalable to other teams. Some of the specific topics we will cover will be; the value of communication, the importance of trust, the appreciation of the unseen on others process, and the pragmatic beauty of slowing down to go fast. While at times we felt that things were a bit of a mess they were also at times hugely rewarding and did seem to realize that added organic value the client had envisioned.

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

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Christopher Briley, CPHC®, LEED AP

Founding Principal, Briburn
Chris Briley is a founding partner and principal architect at BRIBURN. In late 2012 he teamed up with Architect Harry Hepburn and founded BRIBURN where they practice 'architecture for life', specializing in energy efficient, environmentally friendly design. For seven years prior to... Read More →
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Jesse Thompson, AIA, LEED AP, CPHC®

Principal, Kaplan Thompson Architects
Jesse is an award-winning architect who has become a national leader in green design and building science. Growing up in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, Jesse started his career working construction in high school and has work in every stage of design and building. Jesse is always working... Read More →
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Danielle Foisy

Project Designer, Kaplan Thompson Architects
Danielle graduated from the Syracuse School of Architecture in 2015 with a Bachelor of Architecture. While There, she was also a freelance graphic designer, a volunteer for local refugee groups, and a design intern with Cape Town, South Africa nonprofit. She received a citation for... Read More →
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Ryan Kanteres, AIA, LEED BD+C

Senior Associate Director of Sustainability and Innovation, Scott Simons Architects
With a philosophy degree, a background in construction, and years of experience working in the public realm, Ryan's commitment to architecture is grounded in his passion for community engagement and sustainable design. Ryan's involvement at University of Maine's Advance Composite... Read More →

Thursday May 2, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
Hyatt Regency - Chiwawa Room #501

3:45pm PDT

Mentorship: A Lifelong Endeavor
The sustainability revolution needs all voices to be heard. Too often, women, LGBT+, mature workers, and people of ethnic and other minorities that are viewed as diverse, feel shut out of new opportunities and growth, sometimes in very subtle ways. This panel will shed light on this predicament. Each speaker will provide their own personal stories of their own career challenges and how through mentorship, they overcame obstacles – later becoming a mentor to others. Additionally, this session includes an interactive session in which participants will commit to doing their part to achieve collaboration, inclusivity and change within their own organizations.
Session Objectives:
  • Empower attendees to make a difference by learning the role of mentoring -- including and encouraging the next generation to take action -- in achieving equity and potential in the workforce.
  • Understand that being mentored and mentoring is a lifelong process, a strategic tool that can be used to navigate pivotal career transitions through influential relationships.
  • Learn how to identify potential mentors and cultivate relationships from the stories and advice presented by three sustainability leaders.
  • Through an interactive workshop, help participants identify unconscious bias -- discuss when, why and how the audience has felt excluded -- and how they can overcome it through mentorship to create a more inclusive workplace for all.

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

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Susan King

Sustainable Practice Leader, Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED)
In 2007 Susan F. King, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C became the third woman Principal at Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED), a national firm founded in 1908.  Her award-winning work includes buildings that integrate social, economic, and environmental responsibility with aesthetically appealing design... Read More →
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Alicia Silva

Director and Founder, Revitaliza Consultores
Director and founder of Revitaliza Consultores in Mexico City, a firm specializing in environmental consulting for green building portfolios, Alicia is responsible for overseeing LEED certification, strategic development, and corporate sustainability initiatives in diverse markets... Read More →
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Nicole Isle

Chief Sustainability Strategist, Glumac
Nicole Isle (LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, BaDT) is the Chief Sustainability Strategist at Glumac, a full-service MEP engineering firm specializing in the cost-effective sustainable design and operation of commercial, institutional, healthcare, and advanced technology facilities worldwide... Read More →
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Rochelle Routman

Chief Sustainability Officer, Halstead/Metroflor
Rochelle Routman¬†is the Chief Sustainability Officer of Halstead International and Metroflor, leaders in the resilient flooring and decorative products industry. In this role, Rochelle draws from her background in the natural sciences and her passion for environmental and human... Read More →

Thursday May 2, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm PDT
Hyatt Regency - Chiwawa Room #501
Friday, May 3

10:30am PDT

Let's Play! How Virtual Reality Is Engaging People and Communities to Solve Enormous Problems
This session takes a unique look at how Virtual Reality (VR), Mixed Reality (MR) and gaming come together to foster equity and draw upon the strengths of the community to solve problems for an abundant future. The first case study uses VR gaming to foster STEM education in a diverse student population, thus ensuring that future generations have a more inclusive presence in STEM-related fields. The next two case studies illustrate how architects and urban designers are using video gaming and play as a tool for community members and building occupants to take ownership of their spaces and participate in the visioning of a project, from a single built space all the way up to the urban scale.

1. Mars City Facility Ops Challenge (Mars City) is a response to the urgent need to foster STEM education in many different communities – especially for people of diverse ethnic, racial, economic and gender identities. With the goal of exciting students about potential career paths in the building sciences, Kieran Timberlake’s (KT’s) team of architects and researchers, in partnership with the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), NASA, and the Total Learning Research Institute (TLRI), developed an educational game set on a virtual base on the planet Mars. Mars City has a goal of being a broad-reaching educational effort, harnessing the growing availability of VR in classrooms to make the program accessible to all demographics of students.

 2. HEATWAVE - Empathy for the HVAC: This past year, Opsis led a research project with graduate students from Portland State University’s Architecture School to analyze the effectiveness of gamified VR to improve a building user’s ability and desire to better utilize passive and advanced systems and improve energy efficiency for a classroom that Opsis was designing. The research focused on new ways of training by studying VR’s gaming capabilities to build upon the users’ emotional relationship with a space, improving their ability and desire to better utilize passive and advanced systems such as shades, ceiling fans, lighting controls, and operable windows. While this phase of the research focused on occupant behavior and training, the study also provided insight into the use of interactive VR to allow building users to interact with a space and its components before the design is final, collaboratively shaping the indoor environments in which they work, go to school, or live.

3. Block by Block: UN-Habitat and its partners are exploring how MR can be used to boost community participation in planning urban public space. When creating public spaces in poor and developing communities, UN-Habitat wanted to gather the perspectives and ideas of the people who would be using these spaces the most. In 2012, they started using Minecraft with members of the community to allow them to provide real input into the design of their public spaces. More recently they have introduced MR to the process, which has many possible applications in the urban development field. UN-Habitat is very excited with the possibility of continuing to experiment with MR and collaborative urban design to make citizen participation processes more inclusive and accessible.

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

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Deirdre Quarnstrom

General Manager, Xbox division at Microsoft
Deirdre Quarnstrom is a General Manager in the Xbox division at Microsoft where she is responsible for strategy, product development and community engagement for Minecraft in education, including Minecraft: Education Edition, a version of the video game Minecraft created for education... Read More →
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Heather DeGrella

Sustainable Design Director, Opsis Architecture
Heather's tireless passion for green building is evident throughout her 18 years of extensive community and professional service, public speaking, and through practical application on a diverse number of design and research projects. Heather leverages a diversity of skills in architecture... Read More →
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Efrie Escott

Researcher, KieranTimberlake
Efrie Escott (AIA, LEED AP BD+C) explores topics related to materials, Life Cycle Analysis, digital technologies, and environmental systems as a member of the Research Group at KieranTimberlake. Efrie uses her experience with computer programming and digital analysis methods to lead... Read More →
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Fátima Olivieri

Associate, KieranTimberlake
Fátima Olivieri integrates elevated design thinking with meticulous attention to craft, culture and context to create spaces that enhance people's appreciation of architecture and its environment. Fátima has worked on award-winning projects including Harvard Dunster House and a... Read More →

Friday May 3, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Hyatt Regency - Chiwawa Room #501

2:00pm PDT

Process As The First Design Move: Creating Vision, Meaning, Knowledge And Consensus
As we endeavor to work toward a Living Future, it is imperative we pause before jumping head-first into our projects. Designing a successful “Project Process” is the true first act of designing our future environment. We can approach designing this process through creating a vision and goals representing all stakeholders and then communicating those to everyone affected with the intent to make others champions of that vision. In this session, we will unpack how, what and why you can create an inclusive process. Attendees will participate in exercises to explore empathy and collaboration to realize our ambitious project goals.

This session will take a critical look at the conventional procurement, design, and delivery processes of our building projects and tease out areas of deficiency as well as waste. In so doing we will confront challenging existential questions of how and why we work a particular way:

• What and where is the cost and influence of a designed process?
• What does a collaborative and inclusive process look like?
• Why does a particular process succeed or fail?
• How can we better assess a project at its outset to foresee and avoid process conflicts?

We have come to pragmatically resign ourselves to the process of design and building being long, laborious, complex, costly, stressful, and difficult. Inherently though, building should be a joyous act – a marker of progress, hope, and potential! By changing and designing our approach to process we can return empathy, collaboration, and enjoyment to the important work we are embarking on together.

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

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Scott Kelly

Co-Founder, Re:Vision Architecture
Scott Kelly is co-founder of Re:Vision Architecture. Scott has led Re:Vision’s interdisciplinary team in designing or consulting on hundreds of innovative green projects, many of which are “firsts” of their kind. Scott has been a champion of LBC since its inception in 2006... Read More →
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Drew Lavine

Director of Design, Re:Vision Architecture
As the Facilitator of the Design studio at Re:Vision Drew specializes in designing deep-green buildings, including net-zero energy, Living Building Challenge, and Passive House, for a variety of project types and scales. Drew leads Re:Vision’s architecture studio’s design process... Read More →

Friday May 3, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm PDT
Hyatt Regency - Chiwawa Room #501

3:30pm PDT

Best Practices for Healthier Materials: Design and Construction Perspectives
LBC materials compliance now takes one-third the effort of five years ago. Seizing opportunities for continuing improvements can yield an overall ten times enhancement of the process.  We will share best practices, recount a little history, and identify the waypoints that will lead your project along the most efficient path to certification.
Two architects with current projects will show how they have achieved significant reuse of products already researched by other LBC project teams.
An LBC process manager will share forms, spreadsheets and procedures that provide efficient communication with design and construction teams for a large, complicated, multi-year construction project.
A construction manager will discuss the evolution of procedures that have enabled effective coordination with over 30 subcontractors to ensure a compliant palette of materials. This was accomplished without impacting the construction schedule, even though the materials research was not complete prior to the start of construction.

Participants will:
  • Recognize efficient ways to select products for consideration, including overcoming obstacles with the design team and resistance from contractors.
  • Understand cohesive procedures for communicating between materials stakeholders, taking into account their varied roles and responsibilities.
  • Review role- and project-specific forms and templates to standardize workflow.
  • Appreciate the market perspective and evolving efficiency gains resulting from research on 9,000 products—including refining and simplifying product choices, identifying products and categories needing the greatest improvement and highlighting those warranting continued pressure.

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

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Danielle Foisy

Project Designer, Kaplan Thompson Architects
Danielle graduated from the Syracuse School of Architecture in 2015 with a Bachelor of Architecture. While There, she was also a freelance graphic designer, a volunteer for local refugee groups, and a design intern with Cape Town, South Africa nonprofit. She received a citation for... Read More →
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Jim Rogers

Engineer, Turner Construction
Jim Rogers has been with Turner Construction since 2014 and has experience in site work, core & shell, and finishes. In that past year and a half Jim has worked closely with Integrated Ecostrategy to develop and explore processes on how to implement the materials petal on large scale... Read More →
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Lona Rerick

ZGF Architects, Sustainable Design Leader
Lona Rerick is a sustainable design leader at ZGF Architects LLP focusing on materials. Lona guides clients, design teams and contractors through the intricacies of materials selection, research, and specifications to assure that project goals are met.  Lona serves on the Health... Read More →

Friday May 3, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm PDT
Hyatt Regency - Chiwawa Room #501