Take a Deep Dive! A deep dive look into LEED, SITES and WELL

1 GBCI LEED Specific BD+C & ID+C, 1 WELL specific, 1 SITES specific, 1 AIA LU/HSW

An in-depth look into the most recent toolkits that enable design teams to measure, monitor and guide design decisions for resilient buildings and performative landscapes as achieved through LEED, SITES and WELL Building Standards.

  1. Identify the basics of three sustainable design standards: LEED, the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) and the WELL Building Standard (WELL).
  2. Recognize how to use the LEED, SITES and WELL design standards as tools to frame resiliency and performance issues on projects.
  3. Understand how each standard or rating system separately addresses a different need within the built environment and how these affect projects.
  4. Identify overlap and synergies between the various standards and rating systems with specific credit examples.

The built environment consists of three components – the land, the building, and the interior environment that buildings create. How they all work together to influence human health and well-being is the ultimate goal for every design team. Three tools have been developed by professional peer design organizations for the purpose of enabling project design teams to measure and monitor environmental performance. This presentation will take a deep dive into those three design tools, highlighting their distinctions and synergies, and how they support an integrated design process. Simply put, how LEED, SITES and WELL toolkits help “lead” the way.The presentation will provide brief descriptions / overviews of three GBCI toolkits, describe how they are utilized to enhance sustainability in projects and what are the benefits, opportunities, limiting factors and synergies these programs provide to the client and design team. The presentation team will use project examples to illustrate how the integration of sustainable design toolkits have helped to create performance-based design solutions and intrinsic value for projects.

Allen Schaffer, AIA, LEED BD+C, WELL AP, LBC Ambassador, FitWel Ambassador, Moody Nolan

Allen is an architect and as Director of Sustainable Design / Principal with Moody Nolan, Mr. Schaffer merges the art and science of building with nature by applying sustainable design principles to diverse projects and firm operations.  He has 18+ years as a national leader in sustainable design, presenting at multiple local and national forums.  He has recently become a FitWel Ambassador, is a WELL Accredited Professional and is currently co-leader of the Columbus Living Building Collaborative.

Seth Trance, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, DLR Group
Westlake Reed Leskosky

As a Senior Project Architect with DLR Group | Westlake Reed Leskosky, Seth injects his belief in sustainable design into each project. Guided by his commitment to sustainability, he regards research, partnership, and discipline as cornerstones of success. Seth has been a LEED AP since 2005 and has been volunteering with USGBC Ohio since his move to Columbus in 2013. He has co-chaired the Advocacy Committee and led local Green Apple Days of Service projects with partnering schools for the past three years. Currently, he is the President-Elect of USGBC Ohio – Central Region for 2018-2019.

Jerry Smith, FASLA, LEED AP, SITES AP, EDAC, Smith
GreenHealth Consulting

Jerry is a designer, educator and advocate for therapeutic landscapes and healthy environments and an active voice for sustainability in the healthcare design industry for over 25 years. Jerry served on the Core Development Committee of the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) and on the Steering Committee of the Green Guide for Health Care, now LEED for Healthcare (LEED-HC). His expertise is in evidence-based design processes, having worked for healthcare architecture firms in Boston, Chicago and Columbus before founding SMITH | GreenHealth Consulting in 2010.  Jerry is a Fellow in the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Above the Flood: New Boston School Lets in the Light, Keeps Away the Water


A new daylit school design built in a floodplain that was kept safe during a major rain event.

  1. Gain a better understanding of how to analyze a floodplain and floodway.
  2. Comprehend the idea that because your site is in a floodplain does not make a school site impossible, but know the challenges that come along with it.
  3. Realize the ideas of future learning and how that can be interpreted into a non-traditional school design.
  4. By the end of the presentation, you will be able to see that a school can be built in very challenging situations and still be on budget and have a design that is one of a kind.

District Administration approached Legat Architects to provide a new building that would be different than anything around the area of New Boston. Because of the size of the community, available sites for a new PK-12 school are very limited. The only available site was that of a former public pool that is in the floodplain, and right along side the floodway. Using a very thorough design and engineering process, the Legat design team was able to provide a solid and safe school that has an abundance of natural light while incorporating a future-leading academic layout for all students.

Dennis Paben, Project Manager
Legat Architects

Four days after he graduated from the University of Illinois in 2004, Dennis Paben, AIA, NCARB became the first full-time member of our Columbus, Ohio studio! Dennis helps clients understand the design and construction process every step of the way. That might mean anything from helping a facility administrator analyze a floor plan to helping the end user understand how building codes affect room design. Dennis enjoys making the vision of a group (i.e., building owners, architects, community) come to life with a facility that improves users’ performance and community connections. When New Boston Local Schools experienced an unanticipated pre-kindergarten enrollment surge, Dennis helped adjust the square footage for the district’s new school to fit the program . . . at no additional cost. He was also a key team member for a 300,000-square-foot, three-year modernization of Newark High School. As a member of the Short North Rotary, Dennis participates in fundraising and events for underserved populations. He holds Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Mike Staggs, Former Superintendent
New Boston Local Schools

203 Gaming for a Resilient Future: Designing Net Zero Energy Campuses

State and system mandates continue to push net-zero energy goals. Learn campus-level strategies through gaming and scenario testing to achieve desired energy savings.

Verified net-zero energy (ZNE) buildings are growing. However, the vast majority of them are buildings smaller than 25,000 square feet. What is the right scale for this trend? A common approach to a ZNE building is by providing adequate renewable energy through solar panels on the roof or on open parking lots. Such an approach has a number of limitations that can be overcome by planning ZNE at a campus level. We’ll elevate the conversation of achieving ZNE and energy cost savings at a campus level.As institutions are required to holistically plan for overall resiliency, ZNE, payback and best-management practices, rethinking buildings as part of larger campus systems provides innovative, integrated utility solutions and strategies. This session will begin by introducing the ZNE universe and related challenging nomenclature. Then the panel will discuss the journey of a unique public high school district catering to collegiate students, focusing on their campuses’ energy visions as well as a pioneering carbon neutrality planning effort for a community college district to meet California State Agency greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) reduction goals. Through these case studies, the panel will address the need for a higher level of holistic thinking to best manage campus resources.The second half of the session will focus on ACTION. To engage the audience and help visualize campus level planning challenges and opportunities, this half of the session will have hands-on exercises through which attendees will apply energy concepts through multiple perspectives of ZNE, campus sustainability, and programmatic goals. A tool kit for practical, economical and innovative solutions will be explored. The hands-on exercise will be a game with lego blocks representing energy units and get-out-of-jail cards representing energy strategies. A hypothetical higher-education campus with many building types will be used. An established baseline energy budget that meets LEED minimum Energy Performance credit requirements will be given. Through a set of steps, audience will be asked to think about strategies to bring this campus to 50% better than baseline and finally to ZNE via four lenses: Use, Produce, Store, Share. At every step of the exercise, audience will be asked to play the game, before the simulated results are revealed. Goal of the exercise is to use the least number of “get-out-of-jail” cards to achieve the ZNE goal. Finally, the session will conclude with facilitated audience discussion on discovering the application of such planning to their own circumstances.

Premnath Sundharam
DLR Group

Roger Chang
DLR Group

Coral Pais
DLR Group

Discover New Technologies and Benefits of Decorative Glass for Interior and Exterior Applications

Examine the emerging technologies expanding the use of decorative glass.

As glass technologies continue to evolve, they are transforming the decorative glass industry, giving architects and designers more options regarding image span, application, high-tech solutions, and creative expression. These techniques transform the movement of light to create a dynamic space. They further support sustainable practices that optimize energy use, reduce waste, and minimize negative impacts on the environment. As a result, decorative glass has emerged as one of the most versatile and high performance materials of modern architecture.

Camille Zanona
Skyline Design