From Plan to Action: A Human-Centered Design for a Decarbonized Future in Boston

26 Sep 2023Greenbuild 2023
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From Plan to Action: A Human-Centered Design for a Decarbonized Future in Boston

From Plan to Action: A Human-Centered Design for a Decarbonized Future in Boston

26 Sep 2023Greenbuild 2023
About the speakers
  • Dennis Carlberg
    Dennis Carlberg
    Associate Vice President for Sustainability at Boston University
    Dennis Carlberg is the associate vice president for sustainability and an adjunct assistant professor at Boston University. He is an architect with over 25 years of experience. Prior to joining BU, Dennis was a principal at Arrowstreet, a Boston-based architectural firm where he focused on sustainable design. He began his career at the Solar Energy Research Institute (now NREL) conducting daylighting research to improve building energy performance and indoor environmental quality. Dennis co-chairs the Boston Green Ribbon Commission Higher Ed Working Group. He founded ULI Boston’s Climate Resilience Committee and served on Technical Advisory Groups for Carbon Free Boston, Zero Net Carbon Zoning, and the Building Emissions Reduction & Disclosure Ordinance for the City of Boston. He served on BU’s Climate Action Plan Task Force and chaired the Energy and New Buildings Working Groups. Carlberg received his Master of Architecture degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Jacob Knowles
    Jacob Knowles
    Director of Sustainable Design at BR+A Consulting Engineers
    Jacob Knowles is the Director of Sustainable Design at BR+A. Inspired by his leadership and vision, BR+A has championed millions of square feet of Zero Net Energy healthcare facilities and Carbon Neutral master plans, resulting in numerous grants and awards, including three AIA COTE Top Ten awards. Most recently, Jacob advised the City of Boston and the State of Massachusetts in the development of zero carbon zoning and a net zero stretch code, so that all future buildings will be carbon neutral.
  • Erik	Olsen
    Erik Olsen
    Managing Partner at Transsolar KlimaEngineering
    Erik leads Transsolar’s New York team with his diverse background, rigorous technical approach, and passionate focus on high-comfort, low-impact environments. His strong communication abilities foster deep collaboration with clients, architects, and other engineers worldwide. Erik provides direct oversight for select projects in New York, guiding concept development, technical analysis, and client communication, and strategic advice and quality control for all other projects.

Key takeaways

- Understand how to translate institutional sustainability plans and goals into operational goals.

- Identify the strategies and requirements to design and deliver an all-electric tall building and propose realistic and effective geothermal solutions for buildings in dense urban environments.

- Explain how high-performance design influences other institutions and municipalities in setting standards.

- Describe design strategies that prioritize and enhance high-performance design and explain how high performance façade design reinforces notions of beauty and distinctiveness.