Forum on Green Building 2019

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Forum on Green Building Practices

In association with the City of Alexandria Green Building Policy Update, the City held a forum to promote public discussion of green building practices on Thursday, February 28, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Alexandria Renew Enterprises 6th Floor Ed Semonian Board Room (1800 Limerick St.).

The forum, which included a presentation and panel discussion, was intended to encourage local builders, developers, designers, and residents to explore the complexities and challenges of the green building development and design process and to engage in a constructive community dialogue about the ways that future public and private development can incorporate the basic principles of green building design.

Community members had the option of attending in person or watching and participating live online.    

* 2.0 LU/HSW AIA credits were offered for this event.

ProgramGreen Building Policy Poster 2019

  • 6:00 p.m. - Networking & Appetizers
  • 6:30 p.m. - Welcome and GB Policy Update Announcement.
    • Welcome and GB Update Overview by Don Simpson, Green Building Task Force Chairman
    • Remarks from City Manager Mark Jinks
  • 6:45 p.m. - Presentations
    • AlexRenew: Designing for LEED Platinum
      Presentation by Lisa Lettieri, Architect at Rust Orling Architecture & Patrick Murphy, Director of Sustainable Design for Vanderweil Engineers.
      • Lisa and Patrick showcased Alexandria and Fairfax County's first LEED Platinum New Construction building and '2018 Innovative Project of the Year’ by USGBC-NCR. Their presentation explored the project's successes and the design teams' challenge of balancing design goals with reality.
    • Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Commons: The first multi-family passive building in Washington, DC 
      Presentation by Michael Hindle, Owner and Principal of Passive to Positive and Matt Fine, architect at Peabody Architects.
      • Michael and Matt explored the successes of the Weinberg Commons, an innovative, multi-family, affordable housing retrofit that combines state-of-the-art energy performance features with affordable rents.
    • Boston’s 101 Seaport and Georgia Tech’s Living Building: Green Building Best Practices and Marketability
      Presentation by Myrrh Caplan, Sustainability Director at Skanska  
      • Myrrh showcased two of Skanska’s exceptional green building development and construction projects: Boston’s premier LEED platinum office building at 101 Seaport and Georgia Tech’s Living Building Challenge education and research building. Her presentation highlighted the achievements of these projects while identifying what is important to the buyer and occupants of green building development projects.
  • 7:15 p.m. - Panel Discussion
    • A Q&A with the audience and live video viewers. All speakers and other individuals from 3rd party certifiers comprised the panel, including Jenna Hamilton (GBI), Rob McRaney (Viridiant), and Brendan Owens (USGBC).
  • 7:45 p.m. - Closing

Panelists and Speakers

  • Myrrh Caplan, Sustainability Director, SkanskaMyrrh Caplan 2019
    Myrrh oversees the East Coast region, advising and managing projects seeking certification in LEEDv3, LEEDv4, WELL, and ParkSmart. With two decades in the construction and development industries, her resume includes nearly 200 projects and accreditations in LEED (USGBC), WELL (IWBI), Envision (ISI), and Social & Environmental Impact Assessment (IAIA). Myrrh earned her MBA from the College of William & Mary and completed her undergraduate degree at Huxley College in Environmental Policy. Ms. Caplan also heads up the CSR work for the company in the US, leading over 30 offices and their projects to better improve their communities, volunteering herself for organizations such as DCBIA, USGBC, and others.

  • Matt Fine, Architect, CPHC, LEED APA,  Peabody Architects

    In over twenty years of practice, Matt has spent the majority specializing in affordable multifamily housing design.  Following his 2010 CPHC® training, Matt focused his attention to high-performance and near-to-zero energy buildings and so, creating a natural nexus of dense residential and Zero Energy Building-oriented design. At his previous firm (ZA+D, LLC, Frederick, MD) Matt was the lead designer and project manager for the PHIUS+ Certified Weinberg Commons project, a retrofit of 36 affordable dwelling units within three 1960’s era buildings in SE, DC. The project is the first certified Passive House retrofit of affordable housing in the US.  As a PHIUS CPHC, Matt has also led a variety of high-performance single-family projects.  He collaborated in the pioneering project known as Arlington Passivhaus in 2011.  He consulted to Parsons The New School for Design on the Empowerhouse project which was a 2011 Solar Decathlon entry, and captained (DC) Habitat for Humanity’s Ivy City Passive Townhouse project – all of which are PHIUS Certified Passive Houses.  

    Since joining Peabody Architects, the momentum of Matt’s work continues; the firm having been commission with the Prince George’s County Zero Energy Ready modular home neighborhood infill project in Fairmount Heights, MD for example.  Matt’s focus is to help bring high performance buildings further to the mainstream and at the same time, push the model for truly sustainable multifamily living. 

  • Jenna Hamilton, Vice President of National Affairs at Green Globes, Green Globes (GBI)Jenna Hamilton bw 2019

    Jenna is a Washington, D.C.-based leader with more than 20+ years of experience in the buildings and construction sector and significant expertise in public and governmental affairs. As Vice President of National Affairs for GBI, Jenna conducts outreach and education on green building issues with GBI’s growing list of national customers and stakeholders as well as non-profit and for-profit community members. Jenna is also the primary liaison for GBI to the federal government as GBI continues its support of federal Agencies and Congress in the shared pursuit of sustainability goals for the built environment.

    While lending her skills to the Green Building Initiative, Jenna brings significant experience in construction practices, energy efficiency, sustainability technologies, liability and tax issues through her work with the Leading Builders of America—a trade group representing the nation’s largest home builders. Additionally, she worked for almost a decade for the National Association of Home Builders, where she was the Assistant Vice President for Government Affairs and the association’s principal government liaison for the NAHB Research Center, a 501c3 charitable organization now known as the Home Innovation Research Labs.

  • Michael Hindle, CPHC, CPHB, Owner & Principal, Passive to Positive 
    Michael Hindle became a Passive House Consultant (PHIUS) in early 2010.  He is owner and principal of Passive to Positive, a Passive House and zero energy consulting practice and co-owner and Principal of CommONEcology a regenerative and permaculture based design company, focused on regenerative community redevelopment projects. Michael has consulted on Passive House, zero-energy, and Living Building Challenge projects that include single and multi-family residential, and small commercial projects from New Hampshire to Washington DC.  He has experience in both new construction and retrofits, and is committed to low toxicity, low Global Warming Potential, and carbon sequestering building methods and materials.

     His first multi-family project, Weinberg Commons, in Washington DC won the PHIUS 2017 Affordable Project of the year award. The Old Hopkins Rd. House won the 2018 “Source-Energy Zero” project of the year from PHIUS. Michael has served on the board of the Passive House Alliance of the United States and the Passive House Institute/US. 

  • Lisa Lettieri, Architect, Rust Orling Architecture Lisa Lettieri 2019

    Lisa is a practicing architect living and working in the City of Alexandria. Active in her community, she serves as a member of the Green Building Task Force for the City of Alexandria and Del Ray Land Use Committee. Lisa appreciates a Living City Development and how Alexandria fits into the fabric of the metropolitan area in development, planning, and preservation goals. She has a strong understanding of compatibility of design for new construction and sustainable design. Lisa was Project Architect and Manager for the AlexRenew Environmental Center.

  • Patrick Murphy, PE, LEED AP BD+C, Director of Sustainable Design at Vanderweil Engineers Patrick Murphy 2019

    As Director of Sustainable Design for Vanderweil Engineers, Patrick is leveraging his passion and experience in sustainable, integrated, and innovative building design to inform designs through rigorous energy and water analysis.  Patrick’s background as an architectural engineer with a focus on sustainable MEP systems informs his multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach to building design.  Patrick’s career is highlighted by multiple awards, including the national Architectural Engineering Institute’s 2018 Most Innovative Project Award, the USGBC-NCR Chapter’s 2018 Midsummer Night’s Green Award for Most Innovative Project, and local and regional ASHRAE Technology Awards all for the design of ARenew.

  • Rob McRaney, Business Relations Manager, Viridiant (Earthcraft)Rob McRaney 2019
    Rob which studied architecture at Mississippi State University but never pursued a career in the field.  After entering the banking industry, a merger forced him to leave and start a company H R Outsourcing, Inc., which he built from nothing to over 9 million in sales.  The company handled all the back-office HR functions for small businesses in Richmond. He has owned several companies after selling HR Outsourcing and now is with Viridiant in a business development role focusing on how to prove ROI to developers. 

  • Brendan Owens, Senior Vice President, United States Green Building Council

    Brendan oversees strategic development and integration of rating systems at USGBC. In this role Brendan collaborates with teams developing tools that transform the way we design, build and operate the built environment. He led the effort to establish the system goals for LEED v4 and is building on this work as the foundation to integrate other programs USGBC collaborates on. Brendan is a board member of the New Buildings Institute and is deputy director of the center for cycling technology at USGBC. Additionally, Brendan volunteers as a board member of the foundation USGBC is partnering with to build the William Jefferson Clinton Children’s Center in Port au Prince, Haiti.  

    Brendan is proud to serve as an advisor to the Honor’s College at his alma mater Purdue University. He is also a licensed Professional Engineer and a LEED Fellow.