Gearing Up To Deliver Greener Projects

Thursday, September 6
Noon – 1:30pm

A Small Firm Forum Presentation
Free for AIA members; $3 for non-members. All are welcome, no need to RSVP.

Ann V Edminster presents what professional firms need to do/be prepared to do if they want to produce high-performance (healthy, net-zero energy, LEED, Passive House, Living Building) homes. New performance objectives mean new knowledge, skills, resources, and relationships – get your ducks in a row!

California aims for all new homes to be net-zero energy by 2020. Meanwhile, ever-increasing numbers of design firms are getting on the green building band wagon and designing homes to meet goals for health, achieve LEED certification, meet Passive House standards, earn Living Building status, etc. Designers pursuing these high performance goals need new information, skills, resources, and relationships, yet more often the focus is on innovative products and technologies.

This presentation provides strategies and tools for laying the essential groundwork to equip design firms to consistently meet higher performance standards on their projects while avoiding common pitfalls. New performance requirements typically entail adopting change, both within organizations and in team dynamics. The topics covered will include how to be effective as an agent for change, as well as specific types of changes that are needed and how to go about implementing them – from new ways to approach energy modeling to writing new specifications to using new software. Last but certainly not least, we will cover integrated design and integrated project delivery – what they are, and why and how to adopt these approaches.

About the presenter: Ann V Edminster, M.Arch., LEED AP, is a recognized international expert on green homes. She chaired development of the LEED for Homes Rating System and authored Energy Free: Homes for a Small Planet, which provides guidance on net-zero energy home design and construction. She has held key roles on award-winning residential projects of all types.

Learning Objectives:

  1. How to successfully address common challenges in high-performance projects.
  2. Skills, knowledge, and relationships needed to effectively coordinate green projects.
  3. Why and how to pursue an integrated design process and/or integrated project delivery.
  4. Tools and resources to support high-performance projects.


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