Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Quest for Carbon Neutrality

Presented by Hargis Engineers, as part of the AIA Seattle CAP Collaboration Series

Since the effects of greenhouse gases (GHG) have been measured, policy-makers, design professionals and concerned citizens have formulated ways to slow, and ideally reverse, GHG emissions. As a major contributing source of these climate-changing pollutants, the built environment has been under significant scrutiny and proposed changes over the past 3 decades, and the term “sustainability” has entered mainstream America. Now, as design professionals, we are evaluating different sustainable design protocols, responding to broad stakeholder groups, and working to do more with fewer resources.

Understanding how different protocols align with carbon neutrality, how building performance is currently being measured, a viewpoint on how the industry continuing to evolve, and approaches to rethinking the design process and engaging the end users from an engineer’s perspective are key topics of this presentation.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
1809 Seventh Avenue, Suite 403, Seattle
$5 for members, $20 for non members
Credits:  2 LUs / 2 HSWs / 2 SDs
To register, visit:


Joshua Robischon
PE, HBDP, LEED® AP BD+C, Senior Associate, Mechanical
Brian Boettcher
PE, LEED® AP, Principal, Mechanical

Erik Stearns
PE, LEED® AP, Associate Principal, Electrical

Joshua Robischon, PE, HBDP, LEED® AP BD+C champions sustainable approaches tailored to multi-use spaces common to academic environments. Engaged with the planning, programming and design processes for these projects, he collaborates with clients to develop integrated systems that align with various sustainable protocols. Over the past decade, he has applied his technical knowledge to assist stakeholders and design teams understand the impact of system options, approaches and adopted protocols to address siting, massing and building design decisions. He holds a Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington, is a licensed professional mechanical engineer in the state of Washington, and is a certified professional for two sustainable design accrediting bodies.

As a consummate researcher and engaged engineer, Brian Boettcher PE, LEED® AP has contributed to the advancements in sustainable design as a professional peer and practitioner. He is accredited with one of the first ground source heat pump systems designed and installed in a K-12 application and vanguarded the hybrid displacement ventilation system that is emerging as owners’ standards. These highly sustainable systems require a more interactive and cohesive approach to the design process to realize the benefits of each. Brian holds a Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelor of Sciences, Chemistry and Biology from University of Puget Sound, is a licensed professional mechanical engineer in the state of Washington, and is a LEED® accredited professional.

Erik Stearns’ PE, LEED® AP dynamic background as a consultant to public and private end-users has contributed to the success of wide array of projects earmarked with resource conservation goals. Applying his 19 years of experience to work with stakeholders and professional peers, he has aided in site selection and planning of integrated systems to serve capital investments in new and, as appropriate, existing facilities. His versatility engineering systems within different utility districts, developing lighting strategies and complying various stringent code requirements has served owner/operators as they have strove for highly sustainable, low carbon footprint ratings. He is a Washington State University alumnus with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, licensed electrical engineer in state of Washington and a LEED® accredited professional.

Stephanie Pure
External Relations Director
AIA Seattle - A Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
(206) 448-4938 ext. 103

Tickets for Honor Awards are now available! Join us October 24 for general admission or treat yourself to the Submitter’s Reception.

No comments: