Engaging Buildings Professionals in the Decarbonization Revolution..

27 Sep 2023Greenbuild 2023
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Engaging Buildings Professionals in the Decarbonization Revolution..

Engaging Buildings Professionals in the Decarbonization Revolution..

27 Sep 2023Greenbuild 2023
About the speakers
  • Holly Carr
    Holly Carr
    Director, Solar Decathlon at U.S. Department of Energy
    Holly Jamesen Carr is Director of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, a collegiate competition, comprising 10 contests, that challenges student teams to design and build highly efficient and innovative zero energy buildings. Ms. Carr also leads the DOE Buildings Upgrade Prize (Buildings UP), which builds capacity for local teams to transform existing residential and commercial buildings to efficient electric equipment, such as heat pumps and heat pump water heaters, and ensure comfort with measures such as insulation and air sealing. While on detail to the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), Ms. Carr developed the Build it Better program, incentivizing international development construction projects to improve energy efficiency and incorporate renewable energy. Previous to her work at DOE, Ms. Carr managed dozens of public, private and federal sustainability projects, assisting clients to implement environmentally preferable strategies for building design, construction, and occupancy. She is a LEED AP.
  • Kay Kane
    Kay Kane
    Director, Education Development at U.S. Green Building Council
    Kay has been creating education in the design/construction industry for more than 20 years. Since 2009 she has supported USGBC’s work to provide online and in-person education to drive the organization's goals and priorities. As the Director of Education Development, she works with internal stakeholders to harmonize education delivered across the organization. She also works with the nextwork of diverse stakeholders outside the organization, to create, curate, and deliver quality green building education. Kay employs instructional design processess to assess education needs, design and develop high quality education, and evaluate for continued improvement.
  • Chris Reinhart
    Chris Reinhart
    Sustainability Architect at Guidon Design
    Chris Reinhart is an architect and educator who has implemented sustainability across a range of scales. In his role at Guidon Design, he works on the large end of the continuum as a sustainability consultant on institutional and commercial buildings and campuses pursuing LEED, SITES, ASHRAE 189, and other sustainability targets. Previously, and on the smaller end of the spectrum, he has provided design, education, and consulting on architectural sustainability with owner-builders using natural materials and creating permaculture garden farms. He was also the designer of non-profit Open Source Ecology’s first two MicroHouse projects, and served as workshop leader for constructing those projects with volunteers. He has a special passion for earth and straw architecture, with which he designed and built his own passive solar home. He formerly taught environmental systems and sustainability in Ball State University’s B.Arch program, and this academic year, he begins the post of Visiting Assistant Professor of Architectural Sustainability in Indiana University’s new J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program.

Key takeaways

- Apply strategies for effectively training professionals in zero energy and zero carbon building design principles

- Articulate and implement the “how” of zero energy design in architectural practice

- Identify opportunities for continuing education in fundamental building science

- Create a continuing education plan to move towards a carbon-free world and participate in creating workforce prepared to deliver zero carbon buildings