Representative Projects

  • Member, BRE Global Standing Panel of Experts, 2012 – present
  • The Green Asia Group, 2012 – 2013. Projects include substantial contributions to organizing, facilitating and reporting on charrettes for a datacenter for SingTel, retrofit of SingTel switching centre HVAC systems, Novartis manufacturing facility, Landmark Mixed Development Project in Yangon, plus a discovery/scoping charrette for Gunung Salak, an existing 1,014 hectare agricultural community in Bali. That charrette outlined the process and requirements for creating comprehensive and highly aspirational guidelines to enable and direct governance and strategic investment that will support the existing villagers and uses on the land, retain the integrity of their highly unique Balinese heritage, and increase pride of place, while also turning the site into an economically successful, world-class destination.
  • Integrative Design for Energy Efficiency, 2009 – present. Project manager, co-author and co-presenter of three-day course for facility managers developed as a component of the Singapore Certified Energy Manager Programme (SCEM). Also produced and delivered a one-day course for the Colombia Green Building Council.
  • Regenerative Balance Sheet (RBS), 2009 – 2016. Created a holistic system for rating product manufacturers’ operations. Used to vet member companies for the Regenerative Network. The system considers corporate culture, environmental impact, social performance and data /reporting. Financial viability is a prerequisite.
  • iLiv Technologies, Inc., 2007 — 2009. Conceptual analysis and design of a social web tool for green building—where community, knowledge, and tools could work seamlessly together to improve access to green building practices and leverage their effectiveness, in order to radically improve the entire property industry’s environmental performance globally.
  • California Academy of Science, 2002 – 2005. Provided long-term strategic advice to the CA Academy of Sciences project team to help champion the green design elements and obtain a LEED Platinum certification.
  • High Performance Data Centers, 2003. Organized, led, and reported on a multi-faceted charrette with a broad representation of industry, utility and government experts, that explored equipment efficiencies, DC bus power systems, greening of buildings, power reliability and quality, thermal management, economics and project financing, Internet-based energy management systems, distributed generation/enabling equipment technologies, and power parks. Many ideas developed at this charrette are incorporated in current designs.
  • Texas Instruments RFAB, 2004. Participated in design charrette that resulted in 30% reduction ($180 million) in construction cost, 20% energy savings (~34,000 mWh/yr), 35% reduction (~1 million gallons/day) in water usage, 50% emissions reduction, and LEED Gold certification. The savings enabled Ti to build the FAB in Richardson, near Dallas, TX, instead of in Asia. The green initiatives are being continued in ensuing projects.
  • Lecturer at Peking University, 2002. Lectured in Green Building for one month as part of a semester-long RMI course on Natural Capitalism at the invitation of the Dean of the College of Environmental Sciences.
  • Boston Museum of Science, 2005. Organized, led, and reported on a charrette with the Museum and their design team that brainstormed a wide variety of opportunities for an $80 million renovation of the Museum’s existing facilities to enhance programs and exhibits, create a new focus on technology, and generally improve operations.
  • CARMAX Corporate Headquarters, 2002 – 2006. Carmax carefully inserted their new corporate headquarters into the woods near Richmond VA. Led a team that provided extensive green building consulting and peer reviews throughout all of the project phases. The completed building received a LEED Silver rating.
  • North Clackamas High School, 1996 – 2000. Worked through issues and strategies with the school, BOORA Architects, and RMI, related to a Performance Based Fee (PBF) experiment designed to financially reward the design team for energy saving design for this new high school. Assisted the design team to develop and vet a variety of green strategies for the project.
  • Greening the California State Capitol, 2001. Organized, led, and reported on a charrette plus followup, supported by various State agencies and the Sacramento Municipal Utility, that focused on energy-saving design and engineering, waste reduction, water conservation, indoor air quality, community interaction, education, and operational practices.
  • Boston Convention Center, 1999. Organized, led, and reported on a charrette with the Authority and their design team that looked at capturing energy and environmental performance opportunities. As a result, the design was modified to produce a daylit building with an innovative approach to stormwater and a 2-megawatt photovoltaic system on the roof.
  • Bulmers, 2001. Organized, led, and reported on a major, four-day Charrette to redesign the company, including ideas for changing orchard practice to organic polyculture, a co-production web of cider and other products, new concepts for efficiency in processing, packaging and marketing, and changes in the basic business model including reinvestment in natural and social capital. Also explored ideas for making Herefordshire a model, vital, sustainable rural-biased community.
  • Greening Schools in Curitiba, Brazil, 2000 – 2004. Greg Franta and I collaborated with architects at IPPUC, Curitiba’s planning and public works agency, to reduce energy consumption in prototypical elementary schools by 75% while improving visual and thermal comfort, and occupant performance. IPPUC has used these design improvements on new schools, and retrofits of existing schools.
  • University of Illinois UC Facilities Standards Review, 2002. Broad environmental review of the university’s facilities standards, and recommendations for sustainable designs for the campus.
  • DestiNYusa Inc., 2002. The developer’s ambitious goal for this proposed mega-mall mixed-use development on an EPA “Superfund” brownfield site in Syracuse, NY, was zero-carbon development. Assisted in organizing, facilitating, and reporting on two conceptual planning charrettes to investigate zero-carbon aspects, and establish goals and guidelines for restoration of the site, and project design.
  • California EPA Building, 1998. New 1 million square foot building in Sacramento for the State of California Environmental Protection Agency and Integrated Waste Management Board. Organized and managed a greening process in collaboration with the State’s and the project developer’s project teams, and other agencies and consultants. Work included base case review, opportunities identification charrette and report, financial analysis, and implementation strategies.