Brain Food: Intro to High Performance Design & Construction

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)

Event Details

This lecture will begin with an introduction to the course and the instructors. Following this introduction, the instructors will provide an overview of the USGBC, the LEED Green Building Rating System, and the associated professional credentialing. Next, the instructors will review project delivery methods. Finally, the lecturers will review the new paradigm for how we begin the process of designing a high-performance building.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn what a “healthy building” means and how that relates to planning, design, construction, and life cycle operation.
  2. Gain a baseline understanding of the various methods for tracking and certifying the sustainability of projects.
  3. Understand the procedural differences between LEED, WELL, Living Building Challenge (LBC), and other rating systems.
  4. Apply knowledge gained from a case study featuring Vanderbilt University and the lessons it learned from an LBC project.

Approved for 1 AIA LU


Rob Barrick, PE, LEED AP, CEM, GBE 

Chairman / Senior Principal 

Rob currently serves as the Chairman of the Board and Senior Principal of SSR. From 1986 to 2018 Rob served as the Chief Executive Officer.  Rob was named Nashville Business Journal “Most Admired CEO” in 2015 and serves on the Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners. Outside the office, Rob is active on numerous community boards. 

Hannah Walter, PE, LEED AP ID+C, WELL AP 

Building Performance Engineer 

Hannah manages and takes part in energy-related services related to the design and operation of buildings. She is responsible for assisting in the design of energy-efficient buildings through decision-driving energy modeling and Life Cycle Cost Analysis.  She prepares and implements measurement and verification plans to help building owners maintain peak efficiency. 

In addition to energy-related experience, Hannah has design expertise in the selection and calculations of mechanical HVAC systems, preparation of plans and specifications, design of control diagrams and sequences, and construction administration activities for health care, laboratory, industrial, commercial, sports, and correctional projects.  Hannah also manages and assists on projects going for LEED® certification. She guides the project team and helps document all requirements to meet their LEED certification goals.