Decarbonization, Resilience, and Health: How a 113-year-old landmark building has adapted for the future, today.

29 Sep 2023Greenbuild 2023
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Decarbonization, Resilience, and Health: How a 113-year-old landmark building has adapted for the future, today.

Decarbonization, Resilience, and Health: How a 113-year-old landmark building has adapted for the future, today.

29 Sep 2023Greenbuild 2023
About the speakers
  • Josh Calbot
    Josh Calbot
    Senior Associate at SERA Architects
  • Anita Jeerage
    Anita Jeerage
    Vice President, Sustainability and ESG at Unico Properties
    Anita is the head of the Sustainability Department, where she and her team provide guidance and support to Unico’s Property Management, Engineering, and Development Departments to implement high-performance building strategies in areas such as energy and water efficiency, waste management, low-carbon transportation, and indoor air quality. She is responsible for overseeing the integration of triple-bottom-line strategies into existing real estate and ground-up developments. This results in the creation of buildings that not only protect the natural environment but also promote wellness and generate economic returns for investors. Anita brings more than fifteen years of green building consulting and project management experience to Unico. Unico Properties is an investor, developer, and full-serviced operator of commercial real estate in emerging markets across the United States.
  • Saahiti Penigalapati
    Saahiti Penigalapati
    Integrated Design and Certification Specialist at SERA Architects
    Saahiti Penigalapati is an Integrated Design and Certification Specialist at SERA Architects, where she oversees project certifications, sustainability targets, and climate adaptive design processes for multiple projects and teams. Saahiti has more than 8 years of experience in design and sustainability and holds a Master's degree in Environmental Building Design from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor's degree in Architecture from India. She is a LEED AP BD+C and actively participates in industry organizations, including the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) PDX, where she serves as a committee co-chair, and with USGBC as a volunteer member of the LEED Equity Working Group.
  • Jordyn Brown
    Jordyn Brown
    SERA Architects

Key takeaways

- Learn why building owners and investors see value in disconnecting from the fossil-gas grid and decarbonizing buildings (and the utility grid) through electrification and dedicated, off-site renewable energy purchases.

- Learn how a distributed Dedicated Outdoor Air System (DOAS) coupled with energy recovery and passive comfort strategies can help even century-old buildings meet the AIA Architecture 2030 Challenge.

- Discover how to meet all WELL Air concepts using a mixed-mode system capable of utilizing natural ventilation, highly-efficient mechanical, and a resiliency mode when the outdoor air quality is poor.

- Explore the synergies possible by pursuing LEED v4 BD+C: Core and Shell, LEED v4 ID+C, WELL v2, RESET, ILFI Zero, and the challenging Living Building Challenge Materials Petal, including but not limited to human health, energy efficiency, and resiliency.