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Thursday, May 2

10:30am PDT

Translating Environmental Qualities into Quantitative Benefits: Creating the Tangible Case for Healthy Buildings
Demonstrating the financial return on healthier, more environmentally responsible project investments has been a pressing topic for the construction industry. This session looks at various tools from a preliminary parametric decision support tool to sophisticated Triple Bottom Line (TBL), Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA), through the lens of People, Planet, and Profit!  

This session will include an interactive component where we will engage the audience and explore the trade-offs between environmental and health goals

Learning Objectives:
  1. How financial analysis and parametric thinking can be used to create healthy buildings 
  2. Establishing TBL­-CBA connection to green building strategies – making a business case to multiple stakeholders (Building Owners, Architects, Engineers, Contractors)
  3. Analyzing the benefits of regional health priorities
  4. Showcasing the potential of TBL tools in real life examples

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

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Kirsten Ritchie

Principal/Director of Sustainable Design, Gensler
Kirsten Ritchie, a Principal and Director of Sustainable Design at Gensler, has over 30 years of experience in the world of green building and urban infrastructure. Always focused on ways to make our built environment a healthier, happier and more environmentally sound place, she... Read More →
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Kaitlyn Gillis

Wellbeing + Sustainability Specialist, Stantec
Kaitlyn is a wellbeing and sustainability specialist with Stantec’s Sustainability and Buildings Performance team in Edmonton, Alberta. Kaitlyn’s background in building engineering, deep green architecture, and environmental psychology allows her to understand both the social... Read More →
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Rachel Bannon-Godfrey

Discipline Leader, Sustainability, Stantec
Rachel is the Sustainability Discipline Leader for the Buildings Group and leads sustainability initiatives in design work, client outreach, and internal operations. She has 15 years’ experience in the building industry, spanning five countries and focusing on the engineering and... Read More →
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Johnathon Spitz

Vice President Sales & Business Development, Autocase (Impact Infrastructure)
For the past 25 years, Jonathon Spitz has focused his career on the problems that real estate owners face to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their facilities. Key areas of expertise include Smart Building Technologies, Energy, Sustainability, and Integrated Buildings... Read More →
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Vandita Mudgal

Sustainability Manager, Hensel Phelps Construction Co.
Vandita Mudgal, is a Sustainability Leader for the Northern California district of Hensel Phelps. She currently holds LEED AP BD+C, LFA and Green Globe auditor certifications and has co-chaired the USGBC/ ILFI Seattle chapter in the past. She has worked in the construction industry... Read More →

Thursday May 2, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Hyatt Regency - Clearwater Room #702

2:00pm PDT

Construction Sites are Workplaces Too: Considering the Health of Those Who Occupy Buildings Before Turnover
Construction work ranks among the most dangerous jobs in America. As such, safety plans and OSHA requirements focus on daily task hazards and high-risk activities. But other subtle dangers lurk on every jobsite. These conditions remain unknown and go undetected – until the effects show up years later. Those who succumb to chronic illness caused by exposure to construction materials are not even counted among the lives lost.

Twenty years ago, those working with asbestos were unaware of the risks and long-term effects from the exposure. It wasn't until we started to see the trends of chronic illness that we changed our procedures to address the dangerous materials. And yet, not much else has changed. What do we know about the other materials on our jobsites?

Inspired by the Well Building standard, which looks at limiting chronic diseases and stopping rising healthcare costs, we started looking into the conditions on our own jobsites. Just because it's a construction site, it shouldn't mean our employees and trade partners should expect a poor working environment. After all, if the job leads to chronic health problems, what good is the job?

Learning Objectives:
  1. Compare jobsite air quality against baseline measurement and turnover levels.
  2. Adopt tools and techniques that can be used to monitor and control air quality on jobsites.
  3. Design and specify healthier materials with consideration for how they're installed.
  4. Collaborate with industry partners early on, during preconstruction, to plan the working environment.
This session is approved for the following continuing education credits:
  • 1.5 LFA credits
  • 1.5 AIA LU|HSW credits

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Susan Heinking

Vice President of Sustainable Construction, Pepper Construction
Susan leads Pepper's High Performance and Sustainable Construction Group. A licensed architect and LEED Fellow, she has over a decade of experience designing and managing sustainability programs and initiatives in the building industry. Her many areas of involvement include Chicago's... Read More →
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Mike Grant

Vice President, Pepper Environmental Technologies
As the lead manager for Pepper Environmental Technologies, Mike brings to the team his 20 years of experience and expertise with a variety of environmental technologies. Mike provides the team with environmental consultation and conducts OSHA compliance training that includes confined... Read More →
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Dan Ruane

Director of Safety Management, Pepper Construction
Dan has 15 years of experience in construction safety. At Pepper, Dan is responsible for planning, implementation and maintenance of safety training programs. He is involved in pre-planning to ensure all safety and health concerns are addressed and conducts regular safety audits... Read More →

Thursday May 2, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
Hyatt Regency - Clearwater Room #702

3:45pm PDT

Why the Occupant Experience Matters: The Quantified Financial Benefits of Healthy, High Performance Buildings
This Listen + Learn session will begin with a compelling look at the state of healthy buildings and how occupiers are poised to lead the widespread adoption of healthy real estate. This foundation will be followed by a dive into HPB research trends in three key areas: productivity, retention, and health. Real world case studies shared by stok and IMT will then support the research findings and provide a snapshot of occupant-derived financial benefits in practice. This HPB project experience includes the LBC Petal Certified NRDC San Francisco office and LBC Net Zero Energy Building Certified DPR Construction San Francisco office, as well as some of the world’s most cutting-edge tech campuses, including Millenia in Chula Vista, CA, which is targeting both LEED v4 Platinum and WELL Gold. These health-centric case studies will provide a foundation of high performance design knowledge and enhanced asset value creation, showing the research analysis in action.

As a leader of the research analysis, stok’s Jeremy Attema will share his firsthand experience deriving and evaluating the monetary value of occupant benefits in high performance office spaces. As a presenter he will lay a foundation, present the research analysis, and analyze and adapt it to the audience’s needs.

Audi Banny of the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) will share the tenant perspective, providing market research and trends in HPBs and the undeniable shift from energy efficient real estate to incorporate healthy, human-centric design. As a presenter she will provide the sustainable tenant perspective with a focus on energy efficiency and discuss approaches IMT is taking to establish healthy building strategies as critical components of any regenerative building design.

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

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Jeremy Attema

Financial Analysis and Strategy, Stok
Jeremy uses in-depth financial analysis to demonstrate a business case for sustainable and energy efficient strategies on individual projects and across real estate portfolios. Utilizing stok’s Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) and Sustainability Financial Impact Analysis (SFIA) tools... Read More →
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Audi Banny

Associate Director for Market Engagement, Institute for Market Transformation
Audi Banny is the Associate Director for Market Engagement. As such, she leads IMT's work with national landlords and tenants, developing new programs such as the Landlord-Tenant Energy Partnership and continuing existing projects that help tenants, government agencies, property owners... Read More →

Thursday May 2, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm PDT
Hyatt Regency - Clearwater Room #702
Friday, May 3

10:30am PDT

A Celebration of the Senses
Conservation of resources in the design and operation of our buildings and cityscapes is essential. But it is not enough. We need new compelling visions of our future that allow us to not just “sustain” our way of life but to thrive within the rich diversity of this abundant planet. Beauty isn’t experienced with the eyes alone; we smell, hear, touch, taste and feel the world around us. To move from merely sustaining our environment to thriving within it, we must evolve from an ocular-centric design practice to a full, multi-sensory understanding of experiential aesthetics. The Beauty imperative of the Living Building Challenge requires projects to “design features intended solely for human delight”. But rigorous adherence to narrowly controlled comfort standards flattens the sensory landscape to industry norms that are comfortable but not comforting, and predictable but not memorable. This session tackles the sensory aspect of delight by taking a multi-sensory perspective of architectural aesthetics that serves as inspiration for architectural decisions, adds richness to the built environment, honors cultural diversity, and profoundly impacts the real-time experiences and longer-term memorability of the environment around us.

Exploring the three different perspectives of designer, researcher and occupant on the exciting new field of sensory design, this interdisciplinary session brings together innovative case studies and cutting-edge research to explore the power of light, color, temperature, smell, sound, touch and taste to shape and enliven the buildings and neighborhoods we design, build and inhabit.

The session will encourage integrated audience feedback to give participants a new perspective and specific skills about how to have conversations with their colleagues and clients about designing for rich, multi-sensory experiential aesthetics. The session will address questions like:
  • How do the sensory attributes change across space and time? 
  • How do the various sensory qualities of the environment relate to each other?
  • To what extent does controllability influence experience?
  • How does a sensory focus reinforce a sustainable design approach?  
  • What are the different ways one can represent experiential objectives?

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

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Gail Brager

Professor & Director, Center for the Built Environment, UC Berkeley
Gail Brager has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, and is a Professor in Building Science & Sustainability in the Dept. of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. She is also Associate Director of the Center for the Built Environment, an industry/university collaborative... Read More →
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Barbara Erwine

Consultant/Sole Proprietor, Erwine Design
Barbara Erwine is a sustainable building design consultant, educator, researcher and writer with emphasis on sensory space and passive/energy efficient approaches to resource use in buildings. Her work celebrates the integration of the built environment with the natural world. She... Read More →

Friday May 3, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Hyatt Regency - Clearwater Room #702

2:00pm PDT

Truth or Dare? Let's Get Honest About Achieving Healthy IAQ
This “Best Practices” session takes a strong lessons-learned approach that looks at the final success of achieving indoor air quality results within LBC’s thresholds through a series of failures and discoveries. The story will focus on information as it unfolded and attendees will be told this story in three phases that each include a presentation followed by a series of breakout sessions:

1. Design through first failed air test: Collaborative efforts of design and construction with air testing occurring right before and immediately following occupancy will be presented. These preliminary test results led to an “all is well” approach to occupant behavior and building operator policies. Air quality became a misguided non-issue during the first 9 months of the performance period. The 9-month post-occupancy air tests indicated failing results and began the quest for reasons to continued failing tests.

2. Second and third failed tests: We will next present what steps were taken by the design team, the building operators, the building occupants, engineers, and the testing agency as together, we took a 360-degree problem solving approach. During this trial and error phase, we explored various approaches to solving our air quality issues (some helped, some did not, some may have made it worse):

3. Further investigation, modifications, and passing tests. Finally, we will present how we discovered the true culprits and what steps were taken to achieve test results within LBC thresholds and become a Living Building with continued authenticity through ongoing monitoring and behavioral modifications.

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

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Ashkan Azarkeyvan

Director of Commissioning, Capital Engineering Consultants, Inc.
Ashkan Azarkeyvan, certified Commissioning Authority, brings engineering principals, theoretical design, and field evaluation to his position as Director of Commissioning at Capital Engineering Consultants, Inc. In his 10 years with Capital, his commissioning experience has grown... Read More →
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Peter McBride

AIA, Associate, Designer, Building Manager, Architectural Nexus
Throughout Peter’s career he has served in roles of lecturer, community advocate, outreach coordinator, architect, and, most passionately, designer. For the past two years, however, Peter has served as the Building Manager for Arch | Nexus SAC, California’s first certified Living... Read More →
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Erica McBride

Operations and Facility Support, Architectural Nexus
Erica has been the Operations and Facility Support specialist for Arch/Nexus SAC since pre-occupancy in January 2017. As an unwavering advocate for sustainability, Erica works in tandem with the occupants of Arch/Nexus SAC to ensure continued authenticity and appropriate operation... Read More →

Friday May 3, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm PDT
Hyatt Regency - Clearwater Room #702

3:30pm PDT

The Missing Link to All Those Wellness Studies
This presentation covers the benefits of wellness design, a repeatable technique to quantify the business impact of wellness design features, and a couple of relevant case studies that show how third-party data informed design decisions.

Stop making soft promises about wellness benefits. Learn how to translate research and building science into a language your clients can understand (money!). There are countless studies from credible sources considering endless angles on wellness design features and their impact on human performance. And more come out every day. This session will demonstrate how these studies can be tracked and sourced so they can be applied to your next project. This presentation covers the benefits of wellness design, a repeatable technique to quantify the business impact of wellness design features, and relevant case studies that show how third-party data informed design decisions.

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

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Divya Natarajan

Senior Sustainability Consultant & Manager, Paladino
Divya’s combined background in architecture, sustainability and business gives her a holistic perspective on green building issues. She uses these insights to help clients create comprehensive sustainability strategies that enable organizations to better support their business goals... Read More →
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Tom Paladino

CEO and Founder, Paladino and Company
A nationally recognized leader in sustainability, Tom Paladino is the founder and CEO of Paladino and Company, an award-winning green building consulting firm with offices in Seattle, Austin, and Washington, DC. Drawing upon his technical expertise in both architecture and engineering... Read More →

Friday May 3, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm PDT
Hyatt Regency - Clearwater Room #702