Sustainable Design Perspectives
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Investments in healthier buildings are poised to be a transformative trend in the construction industry. Architects, interior designers, and contractors need to better understand the priorities of their clients. What are the general trends on design and construction practices that have a positive impact on occupant health?

Join us on the morning of March 30th at the BSA Space to learn more about the tactical intelligence that is transforming the future for building design and construction. We will hear from designers as they discuss the varying perspectives of sustainable design, including:

  • The top healthier buildings features now, as well as emerging trends
  • The benefits and impacts of healthier buildings
  • The influence of health on design and construction products and practices
  • Top challenges and benefits to incorporating occupant health

Boston is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its green building market transformation. In 2007, as green building practices continued to grow as a viable tool for reducing the environmental impacts of buildings, Boston made an unprecedented commitment to urban sustainability by enacting Zoning Article 37.

The zoning article is to ensure that major building projects are planned, designed, constructed, and managed to minimize adverse environmental impacts; to conserve natural resources; to promote sustainable development; and to enhance the quality of life in Boston.

Ten years after the enaction of Article 37, through the work of the Boston Planning and Development Agency and the department of Environment, Energy and Open Space, Boston is known as an innovation leader and is home to an impressive portfolio of green buildings.

With growing demand for green and healthy work spaces, many of Boston’s existing office buildings have responded by seeking LEED for Existing Buildings certification which is a program designed to implement and validate sustainability measures—water, energy, waste, and transportation—for owners and managers of existing buildings.


Meet our presenters

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Donna Laquidara-Carr, Ph.D., LEED AP | Dodge Data & Analytics

Donna Laquidara-Carr Ph.D., LEED AP, is the Industry Insights Research Director from Dodge Data & Analytics. Donna Laquidara-Carrcurrently provides editorial direction,analysis and content to DD&A’s SmartMarket Reports. Prior to this position, she worked for nearly 20 years with DD&A’s Dodge division, where she gained detailed insight into the construction industry. Donna will be presenting about “The Drive towards Healthier Buildings”.

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Christopher Mackey | Payette Architects

Chris has worked as a Building Scientist at Payette Architects since 2015 after finishing both his Masters of Architecture and Masters of Science in Building Technology at MIT. He is one of the primary developers of the Ladybug + Honeybee environmental analysis plugins for Rhino/ Grasshopper, which are regularly applied at Payette and across the globe by a community of over 65,000 people. Chris will be speaking about “Energy and Comfort Modeling throughout Design”.


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Ethan Lay-Sleeper | Sasaki

As a planner at Sasaki, Ethan works in interdisciplinary teams to produce planning, design, and policy solutions focused on place-making and sustainability. His perspectives on sustainable design are informed by experience working in the fields of architecture and planning, in both the public and private sectors. 
His experience ranges from designing and promoting LEED certified buildings, to incorporating LEED-focused performance standards and renewable energy systems into municipal planning efforts, researching large-scale land reclamation processes, and analyzing urban resource consumption and energy flows in African cities. 
As a member of the Board of Directors of the USGBC MA, Ethan provides input and feedback on key initiatives to support the Chapter's mission and vision around a net positive built environment. He is currently working on a subcommittee to identify opportunities for the Chapter to initiate local projects in sustainability; he is also working to identify new ways to leverage the Chapter's growing membership around advocacy efforts in Green Building. Ethan will be presenting "Scales & Forms of Sustainability: Planning and Policy for Healthy Communities".


 Martine Dion

Martine Dion, AIA, LEED AP BD+C | SMMA 

Martine Dion, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is Principal and Director of Sustainable Design at SMMA. She is the sustainable expert within the firm, providing sustainable design and LEED consulting services to clients.  Ms. Dion has been in charge of the implementation and coordination of sustainable design practices for the firm and has largely contributed to its consolidation across the firm’s A&E disciplines. She has completed LEED projects and multiple school projects under the LEED for Schools, MA-CHPS and NE-CHPS certification. She has contributed to the AIA’s National Committee on the Environment, the Massachusetts State’s Roundtable Action Plan for Green Buildings, the Massachusetts Governor Patrick’s Zero Net Energy Task Force and Zero Net Energy Advisory Council, as well as the Federal DOE Zero Net Energy Task Force.

She recently took part of the workgroup overseeing the new MA Stretch Code, as well as the original and new version of NBI’s Advanced Buildings Core Performance Guidelines. She is also a contributor to the Health Product Declaration Initiative and trained under the Living Building Challenge program. She is a founding Director of the USGBC Massachusetts Chapter and contributed to the USGBC MA Green Schools’ committee. At the Sustainable Design Perspectives, she will be presenting “Health and Wellness in Design”.


AIA Continuing Education


Microsol Resources is an Approved Provider through the AIA/CES and will provide Certificate of Completion for 3.5 AIA LU/HSW and PDH for this seminar.


March 30, 2017 08:30 AM EDT - 12:30 PM EDT
Boston Society of Architects
290 Congress Street | Fort Point Room
BostonMA 02210