May 25, 2022 9:30 am - 12:00 pm PDT

The Livable Buildings Awards recognize projects that demonstrate excellence in architecture, sustainability and occupant satisfaction. This annual award is unique as projects must qualify by meeting high standards for indoor environmental quality as measured by the CBE Occupant Survey. This event featured design professionals who will discuss design processes and client collaborations that led to the creation of livable and sustainable buildings, all demonstrating low- or net-positive performance. These case studies showcase excellence across several project types: K-12 schools, higher education and office buildings; with both new construction and retrofits.

This free virtual event was hosted by the UC Berkeley Center for the Built Environment (CBE) and PG&E.

Award-Winning Case Studies

Speakers and Presentations

  • Marc-Brune-PAE

    Marc P. Brune

    Principal, PAE

    Presentation: Rocky Mountain Institute Innovation Center

    Marc is a principal and mechanical engineer with PAE. He has led the mechanical and energy-systems design for many of the world’s most prominent net-positive energy buildings, including the Bullitt Center, Rocky Mountain Institute Innovation Center, the Kendeda Building at Georgia Tech, and the PAE Living Building. He believes that designers have a responsibility to create buildings that minimize resource use, and are ultimately regenerative. He is grateful to be part of a design community working toward a net zero carbon future. Marc holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Portland.

  • Wyck-Knox-VMDO

    Wyck Knox

    Principal, VMDO Architects

    Presentation: Discovery Elementary School

    Wyck Knox specializes in high performance K-12 building design. He led the design teams for Discovery Elementary (2015), Alice West Fleet Elementary (2019) and Cardinal Elementary (2021) in Arlington, Virginia. Discovery Elementary was the first school in the U.S. to achieve LEED Zero Energy certification, and two of Wyck’s schools received AIA Committee on the Environment “Top Ten” awards. VMDO’s work is consistently recognized by national educational and environmental organizations, and the USGBC routinely identifies VMDO projects as exemplary examples of schools that effectively use the “building-as-a-teaching tool” concept to promote stewardship, wellness and engagement.

  • Ken-Powelson-EHDD

    Ken Powelson

    Associate, EHDD Architecture

    Presentation: Pomona College Seaver Laboratory

    Ken Powelson was EHDD’s Project Manager on the Pomona College Seaver Laboratory and Andrew Science Hall project. He has been the Project Manager and Project Architect on some of EHDD’s most complex projects, including art museums and science buildings. He has led design build projects and integrated design processes to develop multidisciplinary sustainable design strategies. He is a leader in EHDD’s sustainability efforts, developing systems to bring best practices to each one of the firm’s projects.

  • Andy-Reilman-IntegralGroup

    Andrew Reilman

    Managing Principal, Southern California + Texas, Integral Group

    Presentation: See EHDD slide decks

    Andrew Reilman is a mechanical engineer with over 20 years of experience in HVAC systems design and integrated sustainable project design. His expertise in sustainable architecture and green buildings includes passive, low energy systems such as natural and mixed-mode ventilation, displacement ventilation, radiant heating and cooling, and building-integrated renewable energy systems. Andy is skilled in project coordination with electrical, plumbing, and fire protection trades, and has led numerous integrated design teams. His breadth of experience encompasses many building types including, higher education, corporate office, and mixed-use. He continues to push the boundaries in sustainable design in LEED Platinum and Zero Net Energy buildings.

  • SSanchez-EHDD

    SiJing Sanchez

    Senior Associate, EHDD Architects

    Presentation: Lick Wilmerding High School

    SiJing Sanchez is a senior project architect with over 18 years of experience, specializing in academic and institutional projects. Her focus on diversity of user and stakeholder representation, particularly from underrepresented groups, during the design process, drives her creative enthusiasm for making spaces that instill a sense of belonging and agency. This is coupled with her ability to design critically and push complex building systems to create spaces that are able to transform standing expectations and perceptions of the user experience.

Continuing Education

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify and prioritize appropriate building systems and technologies that are effective for electrification and excellent energy efficiency for new construction and/or deep-green retrofits.
  2. Cite case study examples of low- and zero-energy buildings across several project types, including K-12 schools, higher education and office buildings.
  3. Support in practice (or understand) the use of design system integration and designer-client collaborations to advance establishing and reaching aggressive project goals.
  4. Explain how post-occupancy evaluations can be used to objectively gauge how well building services and design features are working, and/or to identify steps needed to improve them.
  5. Understand cost effective concepts for including grid-connected photovoltaic arrays to meet zero-energy goals.

This session may qualify for AIA CES learning units with HSW (pending approval).


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