9:00 ET | 6:00 PT Morning Networking

Determining Metrics for High Performance

9:30 ET | 6:30 PT Defining Performance: Improving Early Stage Meetings with Clients to Determine Shared Design Objectives


  • Hearing how to completely understand your client’s priorities and red lines for what an essential and desirable level of energy and human performance is
  • Revealing ways to gain increased buy-in from clients to spend more time in the design stage of the project, enabling necessary simulations and improving building performance
  • Securing early stage feedback and commitments from clients to reduce last minute design changes that could derail building performance

10:00 ET | 7:00 PT Integrating Zero-Carbon, Social & Ecological Metrics into Regenerative Building Design Through Fast & Functional Feedback Tools


  • Identifying cutting edge metrics for regenerative design such as water, waste, carbon sequestration, biodiversity, local social and health issues: how to collect and visualize the data
  • Outlining the need for rapid analytics tools that can provide feedback on designs in hours, to enable integration of multiple metrics into design thinking
  • Exploring how the inclusion of so many sustainability metrics can become the norm and not only utilized for the most conscious clients: what’s the business case?

10:30 ET | 7:30 PT Rolling Out a Firmwide Sustainability Checklist & Methodology so Every Project Team Can Easily Achieve High Performance

  • Misha Semenov Architectural Designer & Sustainability Coordinator, Centerbrook Architects & Planners


  • Identifying the business case for applying high performance metrics on every project, even when the client doesn’t demand it
  • Applying easy to use protocols, software workflows, and methods so every project team can achieve high performance without sacrificing cost or time
  • Continuously finding ways to optimize cost vs performance and integrate this analysis into client meetings and presentations
  • Providing staff with a phased sustainability checklist to give project teams focus and clarity on what metrics and strategies to focus on

11:00 ET | 8:00 PT Q&A: Determining Metrics for High Performance

11:20 ET | 8:20 PT Break & Networking

12:10 ET | 9:10 PT Panel: Does High Building Performance Come at the Cost of Creative Freedom? How Can we Have Both?

  • Blake Jackson Sustainability Design Leader, Stantec
  • Stephen Katz Senior Associate & Technical Director, Gensler
  • David Wilson Project Designer & Senior Associate, HGA Architects & Engineers
  • Stan Su Director of Enclosure Design, Morphosis


  • Identifying the key principles of high-performance buildings: what are the core decisions that should be made, while allowing creative freedom around the edges?
  • How can architects leverage simulations and computational design in a way that protects the role of the designer?
  • What does the optimal workflow look like to enable performance and creativity to act not one after the other, but to be considered simultaneously when making design choices?

Integrating Human Health Factors into Design

12:50 ET | 9:50 PT Revealing the Impact of Design Choices on Human Health Decision Making & Integrating Findings on Your Projects

  • Liz York , Healthy Design Collaborative


  • Assessing guidance and certification from Fitwel, and other certification systems, to aid the integration of established health knowledge into your design process
  • Understanding how design elements such as light, signage, and music can encourage building users to make healthier decisions, such as increasing stair use
  • Exploring the science behind office building use, such as the impact of meeting room shape, size and plants on decision making

1:20 ET | 10:20 PT Q&A: Integrating Human Health Factors into Design

1:30 ET | 10:30 PT Short Break

Integrating Lifecycle & Energy Performance Analysis

1:50 ET | 10:50 PT Lifecycle Analysis: Estimating & Optimizing Embodied Carbon with Operational Energy to Minimize Total Environmental Impact of the Design

  • Jack Rusk Sustainability Research Fellow, EHDD


  • Exploring emerging tools that can rapidly estimate the embodied carbon and operational energy demands of the building, enabling environmental analysis of multiple design iterations
  • Reviewing the potential of carbon-sequestering materials such as timber to radically reduce embodied carbon
  • Hearing how insights in embodied carbon, energy analysis and material options are integrated into the design decision making process

2:20 ET | 11:20 PT Benchmarking Tools for Rapid Energy Performance Analysis at the Conceptual & Schematic Design Stages

  • Molly Eagen Architect & Environmental Designer, CAUSE Sustainability
  • Yure Suarez Sustainable Building Advisor, Perkins + Will


  • Exploring the latest software add-on programs that enable designers to get quick energy performance feedback from their early designs, before outsourcing details to consultants
  • Optimizing when in the design process, and how frequently to apply the tools to ensure high performance is a regular consideration
  • Understanding which tools are compatible with common design platforms to enable ease of integration and use with your existing process

3:20 ET | 12:20 PT Q&A: Integrating Lifecycle & Energy Performance Analysis

3:40 ET | 12:40 PT Break & Networking Exercises

An Integrated Approach to Enclosure Design

4:30 ET | 1:30 PT Establishing an Integrated Process for Enclosure & Mechanical System Design to Ensure They Operate in Sync at Maximum Performance

  • Tom Hootman Associate Principal & Senior Sustainability Consultant, Integral Group


  • Hearing how cost can be transferred from the mechanical systems budget to upgrade enclosure design, reducing total costs and improving performance
  • Understanding the importance of rapid feedback tools and workflows to ensure mechanical and enclosure design occurs holistically
  • Integrating occupant comfort, air quality and thermal conditions into building design to achieve high human as well as energy performance

5:00 ET | 2:00 PT Revealing How to Best Integrate Enclosure Specialists from Pre-Design Onwards to Improve Performance

  • Robert Barfield Architect, Construction Administrator, Building Enclosure, Commissioning Authority, Gresham Smith


  • Describing an early planning process that integrates architects, engineers, and the enclosure commissioning authority to get projects started in the best possible way
  • Understanding how and when enclosure specialists should be consulted to integrate weather barrier, thermal barrier, air barrier and vapor barrier considerations
  • Appreciating the optimal workflow and communication methods for optimizing enclosure and mechanical system design, from the perspective of an enclosure expert

5:30 ET | 2:30 PT Determining Thermal Bridging Best Practices to Improve Building Performance


  • Revealing the impact that thermal bridges can have on your thermal performance and how they may be detected or undetected in a simulation
  • Understanding the causes of thermal bridges, and how you can avoid them in your designs
  • Creating robust quality control processes to identify thermal bridges in your designs and how to manage them in the later stages of design

6:00 ET | 3:00 PT Q&A: An Integrated Approach to Enclosure Design

6:20 ET | 3:20 PT End of Day One